Film: 2 Days in New York? Highly recommended
September 21st, 2012
Omaha, NE – Is a sequel to a small, forgotten movie one of the yearâ€™s funniest? From the Movieha podcast, Ryan Syrek and Matt Lockwood take a look at 2 Days in New York.
Ryan: What would you say if I told you that a sequel to a 2007 indie film I pretty much purged from my memory not only made me laugh but also featured my new all-time favorite cameo?
Matt: I would say itâ€™s highly unlikely, but that doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s….
Ryan: What if I told you it starred Chris Rock and lots of French people!
Matt: Impossible! Jâ€™Accuse!!!
Ryan: 2 Days in New York is a sequel to 2 Days in Paris, both of which were written by, directed by, and star Julie Delpy.
Matt: If you didnâ€™t know that, nobody blames you. Aside from maybe Julie Delpy. Here she once more plays Marion, a scatterbrained artist with a dysfunctional and super, super French family. On the eve of a huge showing at a gallery, her father, sister, and ex-boyfriend who is now dating her sister all arrive to stay with Marion and her boyfriend, Mingus, played by Rock.
Ryan: Immediately, you get the fish-out-of-water moments, with her dad smuggling exotic French sausages on the airplane and Mingus struggling to deal with Marionâ€™s sisterâ€™s willingness to parade around au natural.
Matt: Unlike many comedies, which hinge on a few huge laughs in implausible situations, 2 Days in New York relies on a barrage of smaller chuckles that are fired almost non-stop.
Ryan: And there is at least one epic laugh that will come for fans of indie movies, as the cameo I mentioned comes when Marion goes to sell her soul as an act of performance art. The casting of the person who purchases it is hands down the funniest thing Iâ€™ve seen on film all year.
Matt: While I wasnâ€™t as chortle-happy for this one as you were, I will admit that it is certainly pleasant and decidedly sweet, with some nice relationship moments and plenty of whimsy in addition to sufficient comedy.
Ryan: Yeah, I LOVED this one. I know I must have loved it because I didnâ€™t find myself wishing that Chris Rock would disappear in a pile of flame like I do most times he attempts what he considers to be acting.
Matt: Yeah, hilarious at stand-up, a total trainwreck on camera.
Ryan: The movie is so well paced, quickly jumping from scene to scene, and manages a little bit of poignancy amidst a sea of great gags and goofiness. I was really surprised by this one. So if you need to take an amusing staycation, I canâ€™t recommend a trip to 2 Days in New York highly enough.
Editorial note: The Movieha podcast is produced in partnership with The Reader and is available at thereader.com.
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