We don’t see quite enough of French actress Julie Delpy. She’s such an offbeat but lovable screen presence, kind of like an European Phoebe from TV’s “Friends”. She’s also quite a decent filmmaker, having written and directed a few films, including “2 Days In Paris”, to which “2 Days In New York” is sort of like a sequel. This time, she’s ditched Adam Goldberg for Chris Rock. I must say that’s quite an unusual choice. Not because he’s black, but because he’s so “noticeable”. Delpy’s great at casting actors who completely disappear into their roles, even getting her real-life father Albert Delpy to play her onscreen one. Rock seems pretty much like a casting gimmick. But there’s barely any trace of the comedian Rock that we’re familiar with. Here, he comes across as very subdued, which might be the way the part is written but getting him to play it straight is hardly a use of the man’s real talents. Still, there’s enough kookiness on display from Delpy’s family to provide the laughs, as this trailer shows.
Here’s the official synopsis: “2 Days in New York is a follow up to 2 Days in Paris. In the film, Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix.”
“2 Days In New York” also stars Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon. It premieres 10th August in limited release in the US. Look for it on DVD here, or wait for GSC’s yearly European Film Festival. They might include this.