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2 Days in New York (Blu-ray Review)

11 Nov, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 11/13/12
Box Office $0.63 million
$26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for language, sexual content, some drug use and brief nudity.
Stars Julie Delpy, Chris Rock.

Directed and co-written by star Julie Delpy, 2 Days in New York explores a couple of hectic days in the life of French-born Marion (Delpy) and her live-in boyfriend, Mingus (Chris Rock), as her eccentric father, Jeannot (Albert Delpy), and irksome sister, Rose (Alexia Landeau), come to town.

What was supposed to be a nice family trip to New York turns into a complete disaster, thanks to a certain somebody: Manu (Alexandre Nahon), Rose’s boyfriend, the most repulsive houseguest you could ever imagine. He proves this at every turn, from showing up on the trip uninvited, to bringing a drug dealer into Marion and Mingus’ Manhattan apartment, to making blatantly racist remarks.

Mingus tries his best to be the patient, welcoming host, but there’s only so much a man can take. Meanwhile, Marion sells her soul at her photo exhibit opening for a whopping $5,000 (she was hoping for a cool $10K). Rose and Manu smoke weed in the elevator at their hosts’ apartment, causing a firestorm with one snarky neighbor, who threatens to have the couple evicted. Then there’s a certain reprehensible lie that Marion tells said neighbor, perhaps due to the stress-filled stay, that leads to some pretty comical results.

But as much strife as the visit causes, some good actually comes by the end of the film, which is revealed through the vehicle of an adorable puppet show that Marion is giving to her son, Lulu, and Mingus’ daughter, Willow.

Rock is surprisingly subdued in his role as the writer-radio personality, and yet manages to shine on screen. The chemistry between he and Julie Delpy comes off rather organically, making the pair a delight to watch. Likewise, Nahon, Landeau and Albert Delpy are convincing and enjoyable in their respective roles.

About the Author: Ashley Ratcliff

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