Film: 2 Days in New York? Highly recommended

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September 21st, 2012

Omaha, NE – Is a sequel to a small, forgotten movie one of the year’s funniest? From the Movieha podcast, Ryan Syrek and Matt Lockwood take a look at 2 Days in New York.

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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 it’s highly unlikely, but that doesn’t mean it’s….

2 Days in New York is written by, and stars, Julie Delpy, who co-stars with Chris Rock.

Ryan: What if I told you it starred Chris Rock and lots of French people!

Matt: Impossible! J’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 didn’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 Marion’s sister’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 I’ve seen on film all year.

Matt: While I wasn’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 didn’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 can’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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