Film: 2 Days in New York (15)

Dir: Julie Delpy

Stars: Julie Delpy, Albert Delpy, Chris Rock, Alexia Landau & Alexandre Nahon

Julie Delpy returns to write, direct and star in the sequel to her popular romantic comedy, 2 Days in Paris. Reuniting the neurotic Marion with some of her chaotic French family. We pick up the story a few a few years on from the first film. Marion has now split up from Jack and is living in New York with their daughter and her new boyfriend Mingus (Rock). Marion is preparing for her biggest exhibition yet, which isn’t helped when her father (A.Delpy), sister (Landau) and her sister’s new boyfriend, and Marion’s ex, (Nahon) fly over from Paris to come and visit. Mingus soon realises that he may have bitten off more than he can chew, as the group begin to wreak havoc with his life.

Chaos ensues, as 2 Days in New York follows on from where its predecessor left off, Marion’s family bringing their own unique brand of madness to the table. Landau is at her bitchy best as the floozy sister and Nahon acts as an invaluable conduit between the characters until the story settles down. Rock reins-in the wise-cracking to deliver an assured performance, but is occasionally let off the leash; quite brilliantly in his monologues with Barack. Delpy is superb as she reprises her role as our neurotic heroine who struggling to control the disorder around her. However, the star of this film is definitely her father. Albert Delpy has a rich history in theatre, as well as a reputation for being a masterful character actor; bringing all his experience to bear as he throws himself whole-heartedly into the role. His performance is an absolute joy to behold and it is worth the entrance fee just to watch him cavort around the screen. He’s certainly come a long way from his role as “Man in Grill” in Before Sunset!

Speaking of which, the “2 Days” films are quite reminiscent in a way to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Delpy starred in both, and also had some creative input (the scale of which she still hotly disputes) which is reflected in her films. Whilst, they may lack the charm, subtlety and sheer magnificence of Linklater’s classics, they possess a similar level of intelligent, clever and snappy dialogue. His films feel more like a Sunday afternoon as opposed to hers which are definitely more Saturday night.

Whilst 2 Days in New York does not quite live up to the heights of its Parisian big sister, it is one hell of a ride with some great laugh out loud moment, brilliant dialogue and impressive acting. It’s a great way to spend 90 minutes.

On general release now

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