2 Days in New York Movie Reviews
User reviews on 2 Days in New York
I am not a big fan of this film and I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. The film is quite messy and I felt lost and not in a good way. I also found this film to be unoriginal and full of cultural cliches that have been done million times before. Some of the things in the film are very true and I really enjoyed that the filmmakers got how difficult it can be to deal with your significant other’s crazy family. In the same time for most of the time this film was way too chaotic for my taste.
This is a dazzling and hilarious movie that I think everyone should see. It's not just for fans of Julie Delpy or Chris Rock, this is a movie for anyone who has ever had an unexpected visit from family that they thought would upend their lives (and who hasn't had one of those?!) All in all, I really loved the cast of French actors most who played off hilariously with Chris Rock. And Chris Rock . . . wow! What can I say? I usually can't stand him for very long (too abrasive) but in this movie he's downright charming and even nerdy (nerdy!) and he plays a guy named Mingus (I think that may be an homage to the famous Charles Mingus who sang with Joni Mitchell oh so many years ago). Julie Delpy does carry the film on her able shoulders by being the lynchpin between her fiancee and her crazy family. The little kids in the film were also absolutely precious and my kids all loved the movie. This is a great family movie if you have kids over 13. I highly recommend you take them. They will learn a lot about what it means to be loyal and to be family. A from this mommy!
I know what you’re thinking: Chris Rock and Julie Delpy? That French lady? In a movie? Together? A good movie?
Yes, indeed, ladies and germs, a good movie. Occasionally, a great movie, which is known by the absurdly inadequate title of 2 Days In New York. The setup is quite standard: an unusual couple named Marion and Mingus (she’s a crusty white French woman, he’s an African American New York nerd) start what seems like a gloriously romantic relationship where it seems like they have no reason to be attracted to one another but they really, truly (and finally) seem to “get” somebody. Let the romancing begin.
And then her family drops in. Her very, very French family. All of her family. Drops by. In New York. It goes, how do you say . . . not so well?
Marion’s family is naturally quite taken with Mingus (he’s Chris Rock, for crap’s sake!) but he doesn’t reciprocate because the family’s arrival elicits parts of Marion’s persona he never knew existed. Suddenly, he’s beginning to wonder if she’s “the one”. Or if he even knows her at all. J’accuse!
The movie is both dramatic and comic in just the right combination. You would expect Julie Delpy and the other Frenchies to fit in seamlessly in this quirky offbeat drmaedy about transatlantic and biracial relationships. But Chris Rock is the real revelation here: for once, he is mercifully restrained, never once screaming one-liners at the audience, and totally underplaying his role to tremendous effect. Now that the 90s rom. cobrigade of heroines like Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Drew Barrymore, and Sarah Jessica Parker have all graduated into full-time mommy mode, it may be time that we nominate a romantic comedy king. My vote goes to Chris Rock.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking this movie. I thought it was going to be another disappointment from Chris Rock. His stand up is effing HILARIOUS but his movie are really just awful. Did you see "What to Expect When You're Expecting"? Oh my god, the sheer horror. I almost lost total respect for him after that travesty. But finally (and I mean FINALLY) he has come back in a really fine comedy and he totally underplays it. It's just the most remarkable thing: he doesn't have to be loud or funny to be screamingly hilarious. I really liked his performance and I hope that they use him again in other such roles. He's a fine actor who just needs the right script and director to coax him out of his stage scream mode. Julie Delpy is also fantastic (like she always is) but there isn't as much chemistry between the two of them as I would have liked. All in all, though, a real treat for desperate Chris Rock fans.
I kind of liked this film and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters. I thought that Chris Rock and Julie Delpy were perfect together and they had a great on-screen chemistry and it was a real pleasure to watch them work together. I was not too crazy about the supporting characters and found some of them to be very annoying and unnecessary. Julie Delpy was great as always and I always enjoy watching her act. I found the film to be quite funny, unfortunately there were also many scenes that did not work too well and were overused. Overall, I think this film is pretty good and I recommend seeing it in the theaters.