Film Review: 2 Days in New York

| 22 November , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: Julie Delpy
Starring: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3.5/5

From Julie Delpy, the director, writer, and star of 2 Days in Paris, comes her sequel, 2 Days in New York.

Delpy plays Marion, a French woman that now lives in New York with her boyfriend Mingus. They both have kids from previous relationships, and together they have formed a happy, loving family – but over the course of two days that’s all about to change.

Mingus (Chris Rock) has to survive a visit from Marion’s French relatives. It should be simple enough, but Marion hasn’t prepared him for the family baggage that’s about to walk through the door. From Marion’s ex-lover (who is now sleeping with her sister and trying to buy pot from the neighbours), to Marion’s sister who enjoys shedding her clothes in front of Mingus, to the dad that keys cars – not to mention several issues with police – it will be a miracle if Mingus survives.

Marion tries to keep the peace, but between managing her eccentric family and preparing for her own art exhibition where she plans on selling her soul to the highest bidder, her plate is more than full.

2 Days in New York is not your typical plot, not your typical story, and the pace is a bit erratic. That said, the film comically explores issues that many of us have felt (hopefully to a lesser extent) with our own extended families. If you haven’t seen 2 Days in Paris don’t stress, as you can still enjoy the film without knowing the back-story.

Chris Rock steps into a different role, as the serious Mingus, trying to tone down Marion’s family. Seeing Chris Rock play the responsible one is a surprising change, but he excels in doing so.

Several of the cast from the 2007 2 Days in Paris, reappear. Albert Delpy again plays Marion’s father and he does a realistic job, probably in part because he is Julie Delpy’s father. His character will have you laughing, as he looks and acts like a mischievous Santa Claus. Marion’s sister, Rose, brings plenty of sibling rivalry, and Marion’s greasy ex-lover Manu will have you squirming in your seat. It’s an amusing film that will make your holiday plans with the relatives seem less daunting by comparison.

A cute tale about love, family, and the struggle of cohabitation, 2 Days in New York is a family-fueled riot. In Cinemas Now!


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