Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Say Hello to the Cast of the All-New, All-Female 'Ghostsbusters' movie Say Hello to the Cast of the All-New, All-Female 'Ghostsbusters' movie Review: Nuance-Deprived "Race" Movie 'Black or White' is Actually About White Frustration (Opens Friday) Review: Nuance-Deprived "Race" Movie 'Black or White' is Actually About White Frustration (Opens Friday) ABC Picks Up New Pilot From Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland Titled 'The Catch' ABC Picks Up New Pilot From Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland Titled 'The Catch' First 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Trailer Surfaces! Watch It Now! First 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Trailer Surfaces! Watch It Now! Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Make It a Trifecta as They Re-Team for Katrina-Set Love Story/Murder Mystery Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Make It a Trifecta as They Re-Team for Katrina-Set Love Story/Murder Mystery Review: Lifetime's 'With This Ring' - So What Did You Think of It? Review: Lifetime's 'With This Ring' - So What Did You Think of It? Review: Nzingha Stewart Guides Lifetime's 'With This Ring' (Premieres Saturday, January 24th) Review: Nzingha Stewart Guides Lifetime's 'With This Ring' (Premieres Saturday, January 24th) Here Are 10 Reasons Why Many of You Aren't Going to Movie Theaters Anymore, According to a New Study Here Are 10 Reasons Why Many of You Aren't Going to Movie Theaters Anymore, According to a New Study 'Empire' Breaks Fox TV’s 22 Year Old Ratings Record 'Empire' Breaks Fox TV’s 22 Year Old Ratings Record Alexandra Shipp Has been Cast as Storm in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Alexandra Shipp Has been Cast as Storm in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Open Casting Call - 2 Male Leads in New Feature Film From the Producers of 'Pariah' & 'Yelling to the Sky' Open Casting Call - 2 Male Leads in New Feature Film From the Producers of 'Pariah' & 'Yelling to the Sky' "Stakes Is High" in First Trailer for Season 2 of STARZ Hit Drama Series 'Power' (Returns This Summer) "Stakes Is High" in First Trailer for Season 2 of STARZ Hit Drama Series 'Power' (Returns This Summer) An Open Letter to My Sister, Ava DuVernay An Open Letter to My Sister, Ava DuVernay Anthony Mackie Says 'Selma' Oscar Snub Is Because Voters Are "Tired of Race" Anthony Mackie Says 'Selma' Oscar Snub Is Because Voters Are "Tired of Race" Geeks Gone Wild in First Trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance-Bound Drama 'Dope' Geeks Gone Wild in First Trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance-Bound Drama 'Dope' Watch Teaser for 'Being Mary Jane' Season 2 + Details on Story, Guest Stars Watch Teaser for 'Being Mary Jane' Season 2 + Details on Story, Guest Stars Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka Yazz The Greatest) Will Have An Affair In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka Yazz The Greatest) Will Have An Affair In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' It's A 'Hustle & Flow' Reunion! Taraji P. Henson Joins Terrence Howard In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' It's A 'Hustle & Flow' Reunion! Taraji P. Henson Joins Terrence Howard In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Review - Chris Rock, July Delpy Star In '2 Days In New York' (Familiar But Still Engaging)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 6, 2012 at 9:21AM

It becomes available on VOD today... my review:
0
2 Days

It becomes available on VOD today... my review:

I was glad to FINALLY see Julie Delpy's follow-up to her 2007 indie flick, 2 Days In Paris.

And as with that first film, she not only wrote and directed, but also starred in this sequel called 2 Days In Paris, alongside Chris Rock this time, taking over for Adam Goldbergh who co-starred with Delpy in the first film.

In Paris, Delpy and Goldberg starred as a young couple attempting to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, where her parents live… and, by the way, several of her ex-boyfriends as well, who they run into frequently.

Of course, some hijinx, hilarity and drama ensue.

In this sequel, which was first announced in August 2010, the dramedy comes to Manhattan, as Delpy reprises her role as Marion, a fiercely left-winged French woman living in the city, with her child (fathered by her now ex-lover, Adam Goldberg), and a new guy in her life, a radio jockey named Mingus (because it rhymes with cunninglingus, a running joke in the film, as well as Delpy's explanation for why she gave the character that name; there's also the Charlie Mingus connection) played by Chris Rock, who made me think of Malcolm X almost everytime I saw him on screen, thanks to his goatee and thick-framed spectacles - the Artiste look, I know.

Nothing particularly fresh here in this follow-up, if you've seen the first film in the series, and/or you're familiar with any of Woody Allen's talky relationship dramedies, which both of Delpy's films immediately remind me of; although I'm not sure if Delpy counts Allen as an influence.

Oh... and throw a little Before Sunrise/Sunset in there too :)

But if any of the names and titles I just mentioned tickle your fancy, then you'll probably also enjoy 2 Days In new York.

Not that I didn't like it; I did; it was just all-too familiar, even with Chris Rock's meaty role in it - a role he does so good a job with, you'll think he's a natural.

I recall being really curious about how Rock would hold his own against Delpy; and he does just fine here. I don't think he's a particularly good actor in general, but I think if allowed to just be himself and improvise on camera, he could be really funny and engaging.

However, I should add that Delpy, who narrates the film both in her own real voice, as well as with Marion's voice, has said both films were almost entirely scripted, not improvised - a question that I'm sure she's had to answer a lot, and will continue to be asked.

We could say that, going back to my suggestion of who she might have looked to for inspiration, in 2 Days In New York, she's the Woody Allen character to Chris Rock's Diane Keaton; we're on this journey with them as the movie progresses, revealing further details about their habits, tastes, emotional and sexual chemistry, and more.

These are character/relationship studies that give you the intimate sense of actually having lived with them over the course of the film's duration.

So expect more family, ex-boyfriend, current boyfriend drama and gaiety, with some racial/cultural tango.

Those in the UK can expect to see it in theaters this spring.

Magnolia Pictures will release the film in USA theaters later this year.


Shadow & ActNewsletter