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Blu-ray review: '2 Days in New York'

It's inexcusable that “2 Days in New York” isn't a smarter, funnier and more creative film.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: January 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013
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‘2 Days in New York'

While it's unlikely to set back American-French cultural relations, it's just inexcusable that “2 Days in New York” isn't a smarter, funnier and more creative film with the considerable if divergent talents of Julie Delpy and Chris Rock involved.

Although the fish-out-of-water comedy is the successor to 2007's “2 Days in Paris,” it's not necessary to see the first film — I haven't and now I probably won't — to follow the sequel. Director/co-writer Delpy (“Before Sunrise”) reprises her role as Marion, a French photographer living and working in Manhattan to stay close to her American ex-husband, the father of her oddball toddler son, Lulu (Owen Shipman).

She has moved on to a contented live-in romance with her former pal Mingus (Chris Rock), a hip DJ and journalist who shares custody of his death-obsessed daughter, Willow (Talen Riley), from a previous marriage. Despite all the moving parts, Marion, Mingus and their children have developed a cozy blended-family dynamic.

Their comfortable rhythm is completely disrupted when Marion's obnoxious French relatives — her free-spirited, sausage-loving father, Jeannot (Delpy's real-life father Albert Delpy), her oversexed, always-analyzing shrink sister, Rose (co-writer Alexia Landeau), and Rose's pot-smoking, casually racist boyfriend, Manu (Alexandre Nahon), who happens to be Marion's former beau — come for a two-day visit.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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