Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Producer of 'The Walking Dead' Says There’s No Conspiracy to Kill Off the Black Male Characters Producer of 'The Walking Dead' Says There’s No Conspiracy to Kill Off the Black Male Characters Roger Moore Says Idris Elba as James Bond is "Unrealistic" Because He's Not "English-English" Roger Moore Says Idris Elba as James Bond is "Unrealistic" Because He's Not "English-English" Dr Dre Hopes the N.W.A. Movie Will Correct Notions of the Group's Treatment of Women + Working on Inspired Album, More Dr Dre Hopes the N.W.A. Movie Will Correct Notions of the Group's Treatment of Women + Working on Inspired Album, More TV Casting Directors React to Deadline's "Ethnic Castings" Article (A Fad That Will Eventually Pass?) TV Casting Directors React to Deadline's "Ethnic Castings" Article (A Fad That Will Eventually Pass?) Taraji P. Henson Will Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time in April (How Many Black Women Have Hosted?) Taraji P. Henson Will Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time in April (How Many Black Women Have Hosted?) For White TV Writers Who Have Considered Racism When *Ethnic* Diversity Is Too Much For White TV Writers Who Have Considered Racism When *Ethnic* Diversity Is Too Much 'Key & Peele' "Substitute Teacher" Sketch to be Developed as a Feature Film 'Key & Peele' "Substitute Teacher" Sketch to be Developed as a Feature Film New Documentary Will Trace History of "Black Dandyism" (Trailer) New Documentary Will Trace History of "Black Dandyism" (Trailer) Best Performances By Black Actors/Actresses Ever? (Survey) Best Performances By Black Actors/Actresses Ever? (Survey) Tyler Perry Studios Forms Film, TV & Infrastructure Alliance w/ 4 Other Major Atlanta Studios Tyler Perry Studios Forms Film, TV & Infrastructure Alliance w/ 4 Other Major Atlanta Studios Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever' Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever' Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe are a Dysfunctional Mother-Son Pair in Trailer for 'Knucklehead' Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe are a Dysfunctional Mother-Son Pair in Trailer for 'Knucklehead' 'Single Ladies' Returns Tonight to a Rebranded Centric - "The First Network Designed for Black Women" 'Single Ladies' Returns Tonight to a Rebranded Centric - "The First Network Designed for Black Women" What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) 73 New TV Pilots & Series with Black Actors in Starring and/or Supporting Roles Ordered for Next Season. Here's the Full List 73 New TV Pilots & Series with Black Actors in Starring and/or Supporting Roles Ordered for Next Season. Here's the Full List HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' 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