A happy couple played by Julie Delpy and Chris Rock have their lives totally disrupted when her weird French family comes to visit in the new film "2 Days in New York." NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
Five years ago, the writer, director and actress Julie Delpy made a movie called "2 Days in Paris". Now she's back with a sequel of sorts. It's called "2 Days In New York".
Marion, an artsy photographer, played by Delpy and Mingus, a radio talk show show host, played by Chris Rock, are a relatively happy couple who live together in Manhattan with their two kids from previous relationships. Things are just fine until her wacky family comes to visit from France.
There's Marion's troublemaker dad, played by Delpy's real life father, her oversexed sister, who immediately comes on to Rock's character and her sister's inappropriate boyfriend, who brings a drug dealer up to their apartment so he can buy weed, which he does in front of their young kids.
The comedy is played out in very broad terms and Delpy obviously thinks we'll find these characters a lot funnier than they actually are.
Rock plays it straight here, so anyone yearning for his familiar schtick should look elsewhere. But that's not to say that he doesn't do a good job with this different type of role. In fact, he's quite good.
Delpy also has her charms as an actress here, not so much as a director and co-writer and the supporting casting is quite appealing. But as a couple, Rock and Delpy don't have much chemistry.
The material misses more than it hits. It's sort of sitcom-y. But there are some fun moments. The crux of this comedy is predicated on how this French family, overly excited to be visiting New York City, clash culturally, not only with Rock, but with all of the other people that they encounter. But it's not that they're snooty, the way the French are usually depicted by Hollywood. Here they're sort of buffoons.
Overall, good performances trump the just okay material and there are a few laughs.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 2.5 Apples