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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delpy Turns French Stereotypes Upside Down in a Funny Farce with the Help of a Solid Rock
Julie Delpy really has a good ear for shrewdly observational, overlapping conversations. It started with her Richard Linklater-directed bookends, 1995's Before Sunrise and 2004's Before Sunset, in which she and Ethan Hawke contributed much of their own dialogue (and earned adapted screenplay Oscar nominations for the latter). She then translated her unique gift to her own...
Published on July 11, 2012 by Ed Uyeshima

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes funny, sometimes annoying
Director/writer/actor Julie Delpy's sequel to "2 Days in Paris" follows the same formula but moves the setting to America. After Marion's (Delpy) previous relationship led her to New York, she had a son (Lulu - really?), divorced and has partnered with Mingus (Chris Rock) who comes with his own daughter. Marion's dad (real dad Albert Delpy) comes for a visit along with...
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delpy Turns French Stereotypes Upside Down in a Funny Farce with the Help of a Solid Rock, July 11, 2012
Julie Delpy really has a good ear for shrewdly observational, overlapping conversations. It started with her Richard Linklater-directed bookends, 1995's Before Sunrise and 2004's Before Sunset, in which she and Ethan Hawke contributed much of their own dialogue (and earned adapted screenplay Oscar nominations for the latter). She then translated her unique gift to her own sophomore directorial effort, 2007's 2 Days in Paris, a romantic dramedy that mined her character's repressed hesitancies about settling down with a neurotic, irritating interior decorator named Jack. Delpy comes back again as the star, director, and writer (this time partnering with co-star Alexia Landeau, who plays her sister Rose) of this 2012 sequel, a culture clash comedy paced like a free-for-all French farce. Although the results are not always fortuitous, her aptitude as a filmmaker has clearly improved since Paris, this time aided by a far more likable leading man, an atypically subdued Chris Rock versus the insufferable Adam Goldberg who is blessedly absent from this film.

Delpy herself plays the same character, artist Marion Dupré, picking up her life in New York a few years after she broke up with Jack, had his baby, and moved in with Mingus, a talk-radio host. Instead of wallowing in commitment issues, Marion is now juggling a busy life raising her towheaded toddler Lulu as well as Mingus' young daughter Willow, and at the same time, getting ready for an exhibit of her photographs at a gallery. Nevertheless, she is still the same intensely self-doubting woman, a Gallic Annie Hall for the millennium with a saucy temperament. Her relationship with the ever-patient Mingus is put to the test when her recently widowed father Jeannot, her passive-aggressive sister Rose, and Rose's clueless, pot-smoking boyfriend Manu all come for a weekend visit. Delpy wisely uses Mingus as the audience's proxy watching her family as exaggerated caricatures of French stereotypes. This is where she shows a genuinely deft hand in presenting everyone's vitriolic, self-absorbed behavior including Marion who is constantly goaded into childishness by Rose's indirect insults. In fact, her family becomes a comical circus sideshow, a constant public embarrassment forcing Marion to tell a whopper of a lie about a phony brain tumor to her nasty neighbors who want her evicted.

Where Delpy goes a bit too far is the somewhat surreal part when Marion decides to sell her soul as part of the exhibit and tries to get it back from the Mephistophelian buyer, who is none other than indie filmmaker Vincent Gallo. Using such an extreme plot conceit, she appears to be overreaching on deeper issues of identity and family loss, but the movie eventually recovers its comic rhythm. The puppet show framing device is trite but probably effective for those who had not seen the previous film. As Mingus, Rock grounds the film with his terrifically caustic performance, whether dealing with the next appalling act of his unpredictable in-laws or talking privately to a cardboard cut-out of Obama for spiritual guidance. Albert Delpy, Julie's real-life father, returns as the Bad Santa-like Jeannot and has a grand time portraying his character's whimsical child-like manner. Landeau has a good time playing the selfish sister from hell as Rose, while Alexandre Nahon, who helped with the development of the story, easily plays the boorish interloper that is Manu. Kate Burton and especially Dylan Baker have a few moments to shine as the intrusive neighbors. Delpy's obvious role model continues to be early-period Woody Allen, and she manages to work in his oeuvre with surprising fluidity.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more movies like this, September 11, 2012
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We need more movies where the female character is more complex and interesting like this movie. I love 2 Days in Paris and again 2 Days in New York. Chris Rock's character is also funny and not one sided. Chris Rock needs to find more of this type of character for his acting career. Kudos to Julie Delpy for writing, producing, directing and starring. Please Julie, give us more movies like this.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical, July 15, 2012
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I wasn't going to watch this, cause the trailer wasn't all that, but I then I read Ed Uyeshima's review (the first one here, go Ed go!) and I was like "whoa! some professional reviewer guy on Amazon?.... a female Woody?"

And that got me going. Its been a while since I've seen SUCH a fun movie... So many things! Right off the bat, the funny things, coming fast and furious..."squeezing, squeezing, squeezing"... And Cris Rock! What a perfect addition (conversations with Obama). And the fight for her soul with Vincent Gallo, and Chris didn't believe it??? LOL!!!!!!!! The kids in costumes with blood! "Want some grass to take back to Italy?" HA HA HA...The elevator scenes... <gulp>...the scenes when she fights with her sister!....my 5, 1/2 French sisters, they'll love it, I'll have to have them see it.

The supporting cast was totally amazing too, all of them FUNNY AND GOOD...my favorite was her dad, particularly the scene when he was tickling Chris Rock with the feather that had been on his head. Just a serious all around RIOT. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Louie CK, You'll Like This!, November 13, 2012
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Very funny with a Woody Allen-like feel. But it's not for everyone-- it has a lot of bad language and adult situations that some people may not appreciate. If you like the wry, crass humor of Louis CK, David Cross, Sarah Silverman and such then you will find this funny. If you prefer Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon rom-coms, then this is not the flick for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes funny, sometimes annoying, August 24, 2012
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This review is from: 2 Days in New York (DVD)
Director/writer/actor Julie Delpy's sequel to "2 Days in Paris" follows the same formula but moves the setting to America. After Marion's (Delpy) previous relationship led her to New York, she had a son (Lulu - really?), divorced and has partnered with Mingus (Chris Rock) who comes with his own daughter. Marion's dad (real dad Albert Delpy) comes for a visit along with her sister Rose (Alexia Landeau) who is unexpectedly accompanied by Manu (Alex Nahon) who was a one time lover of Marion's.

Mingus (rhymes with cunnilingus - an ongoing joke) and Marion's apartment is barely big enough for them and the 2 kids. Still they put up the 3 Parisians. Dad speaks no English but the other two can get by. The translation issue comes up primarily with Dad and Mingus and is sometimes funny, sometimes just annoying. At times I was yelling at the screen, just get someone to translate! Well then there would be less of a movie. Delpy is a wonderful writer as she has shown in previous work including "Before Sunset" but this movie seems very familiar. I certainly identified with Mingus and never would have made it as far as he did. Still, some of the situations are pretty funny and stereotypically French.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars worth watching, December 21, 2013
Good story with a nice ending. Expected it to be funny, was not. Worth watching if you have free rental and time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boring and definitely not funny, June 28, 2013
I could not even get through this movie. There is also a lot of cursing. I am sure some families are like this, but I am also sure this is far from the norm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and spot-on - not for everyone, but a treat for many, June 2, 2013
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2 Days in New York, like all good comedies, finds its humor in exaggerating real life moments, putting them just past real-life to emphasize their comic absurdity. I have had French friends smuggle in smelly sausage and stinky cheese from Paris, because the American stuff is SO inferior; I myself had a French boyfriend who had to deal with meeting my own fairly eccentric American siblings and parents; I have had to endure boyfriends of sisters who do appalling things at family gatherings; and have experienced professional events like Marion's gallery opening that are complete comic disasters. The exaggerated moments in this film had me laughing out loud many times. And to complement it all is the perfect casting and details that Delpy gets right. Brilliant stroke in the casting of Rock as Mingus - the former work buddy who becomes Marion's lover and life companion in a completely natural way (that two minute backstory is lovely and charming). The comedic gold mined here is not the all-too-obvious fact of Mingus and Marion's racial difference, but that their cultural differences are far wider than any racial ones. Chris Rock is perfect as the film's Everyman - a funny, normal, realistic guy who is increasingly horrified at the increasingly appalling antics of Marion's family, as well as her increasingly bizarre reactions to them (the fight between the two sisters in the restaurant as Mingus attempts to make a professional connection is brilliant). Marion goes from charming off-beat but loving partner to completely unhinged woman, with her sanity hanging by a thread. NYC is the perfect backdrop and foil for all of this. What better place to have a break with reality than the annual Greenwich Village Halloween parade? Who hasn't dealt with a complaining neighbor who threatens what every NYC dweller holds dear - the right to live in a decent yet affordable apartment? Marion's dramatic solution to that prickly situation -and the resultant complications and eventual salvation for her difficulties - is another stroke of comedic genius.

If you like original, quirky, intelligent funny satires you will love 2 Days in New York. If you expect a stereotypical rom-com package from Hollywood, then you should steer clear. But I love this movie, and plan to watch it again. Both thumbs up, and waving hands in the air wildly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Raunchy Humor, May 13, 2013
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When we rented this movie, we thought it'd be a charming
story of an American-French family. Something that would
show how both cultures could appreciate each other, etc.
Our expectations were totally off.

The French family members were crude, raunchy, dumb,
wreckless, over-the-top, insane, bickering, emotionally-unstable,
horny, drug users.

While it was cool to see Chris Rock in a different role,
I disliked watching all the PDA between him and his co-star.
He is great comedian but he's --not-- attractive.

There was little of value to be gained from watching
this movie.

My family lost interest in this movie midway.
We've never considered ending a movie before it
was finished--- that's how bad it was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching, fun, a little silly, and a great performance by Chris Rock that will surprise you!, April 17, 2013
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Saw this movie at Sundance and have lent this disc out a few times. It's a shame it didn't get a wider release because friends who are not indie film enthusiasts have reported that they enjoy it too.

Julie Delpy's character Marion is a French artist living in NYC with her boyfriend and their two kids from other relationships. Her family comes to visit and all hell breaks loose. It resonates because bringing your family into your life as an adult can be jarring- the things that used to amuse can grate, relationships are tested, you often find yourself questioning your own choices- but you learn a lot about yourself in the process.

The soundtrack is lovely, filled with original music that sticks in your head long after the movie is over. And Chris Rock is amazing as the boyfriend- he does a bit of improv that is tender and sweet and just fantastic. Well worth a watch!
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