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A refreshing Chris Rock!
on January 4, 2013
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie--it was actually funny and enjoyable. Two people, two races, two cultures (American, French) yet the film still managed to be about relationships without diving into stereotypes or negativity, while using their differences to propel the movie along. It was great to see Chris Rock in a semi-serious role and not make his voice funny sounding or shout out things like, "What's crackalakin?" or "Afro circus!"
The two days in NY represents the length of time Marion's (Julie Delpy) family is in town from France and how they turn live-in lovers (Marion and Mingus's) lives upside down. And in turning stereotypes on their heads, it's Marion's sister and her boyfriend who look for drugs, and the boyfriend who brings a drug dealer to the house. The sister is sex crazed and likes to walk around the house nude, the father is happy-go-lucky, but a lot of things get lost in translation between he and Mingus (Chris Rock). And that is just the beginning of all that goes wrong when family comes into town!
The last ten to twenty minutes of the movie, with it's "soul searching," almost undid this movie. It made the movie into something totally different from where it started, and felt so forced and over the top, and quite frankly a new movie in its own right (I won't go into it for fear of giving the plot away).
But for the ending, I probably would have given this movie four stars.