2 Days in New York
dir Julie Delpy
scr Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau
prd Scott Franklin, Ulf Israel, Christophe Mazodier, Jean-Jacques Neira, Hubert Toint
with Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon, Owen Shipman, Talen Ruth Riley, Dylan Baker, Kate Burton, Malinda Williams, Vincent Gallo, Daniel Bruhl
release US Jan.12 sff, Fr 28.Mar.12,
UK 18.May.12
12/France 1h31
2 Days in New York
Blended family: Rock and Delpy with Shipman and Riley

baker burton gallo
sundance london film fest

Two Days in Paris (2007)
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2 Days in New York Delpy follows her wonderful 2007 comedy 2 Days in Paris with a sequel that perhaps isn't quite as consistent as the original. But it's both funnier and more romantic, as each character in the story catches our imaginations and our hearts.

Marion (Delpy) and her boyfriend Mingus (Rock) each have young children (Shipman and Riley) from previous relationships, and their blended family is doing just fine until Marion's dad (Julie's real dad Albert) arrives from France with her sister Rose (Landeau) and Rose's loutish boyfriend Manu (Nahon), who of course is one of Marion's exes. For two days, these three interlopers push all of Marion's and Mingus' buttons, straining their relationship to the breaking point. And their neighbours (Baker and Burton) are even more irritated.

Delpy and Landeau's script sharply cuts through the relationships to bring out the culture-clash comedy with intelligence and insight. Every scene is impeccably observed to catch amusing details in the often riotous dialog. And there are hilarious sequences all the way through, from Rose's inability not to be a temptress to a brilliant rapid-fire montage in which the family visits every tourist spot in New York in one day.

Apart from a few corny slapstick scenes, the humorous chaos is all grounded in genuine human behaviour, which allows the actors to deliver performances that are both earthy and funny. Delpy again brings a wonderfully off-handed combination of carefree but knowing lustiness to Marion, while Rock is startlingly good in an against-type role (he should be let out of his box more often). Together they create very strong chemistry that's realistically tested by these annoying but likeable French visitors.

The story gets a bit silly, with a subplot involving Marion selling her soul to Gallo as a performance art piece, plus a goofy climactic sequence in Central Park. But it also remains utterly charming from start to finish, mainly because the actors are clearly having a ball with the clever screenplay, which layers outrageous hilarity into a genuinely thoughtful exploration of family issues. And honestly, you have to cherish any film that keeps you laughing from start to finish.

cert 15 themes, language 23.Mar.12

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