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Hip talk-radio host and journalist Mingus (Chris Rock) and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion (Julie Delpy), live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion's jolly father, her oversexed sister, and her sister's outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem.
Julie Delpy directed and starred in 2 Days in Paris, a 2007 film about romance, culture shock, and family. So is 2 Days in New York, also directed by and starring Delpy, a direct sequel? Well--sort of. Her character has the same name, Marion, but she's moved on from her previous relationship and settled in NYC with a public-radio host named Mingus (Chris Rock). A sense of déjà vu is understandable, because here comes family again, in the form of her fragrant, boisterous father (Albert Delpy, Julie's real-life dad) and a sister towing her latest loser boyfriend (they're played by co-screenwriters Alexia Landeau and Alex Nahon). All of this trouble is happening while Marion is launching a gallery show, where the centerpiece of her collection is her soul, put up for the highest bidder. The makings of a likable enough comedy are here, but the film feels so slack, and the jokes so familiar, that 2 Days in New York never manages to ignite. Delpy clearly loves Woody Allen movies, and that vibe creeps in from time to time, but it only underscores how far this movie falls from Woody's best. Kudos, however, to Chris Rock, who slips into the skin of a downtown intellectual and pulls off nice straight-man duty--even when he's conversing with a life-size cardboard cutout of Barack Obama. --Robert Horton
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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!
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.
Watch the movie and decide if you could survive two days with Marion's family. Better yet could someone survive two days with your family?
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2 Days in New York is a brilliant and funny sequel to the cool 2 Days in Paris.Read more