2 Days in New York

Year: 2012
Production Co: Polaris Films
Director: Julie Delpy
Writer: Julie Delpy/Alexia Landeau
Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Alexia Landeau, Dylan Baker

Julie Delpy's too smart a filmmaker to make an obtuse comedy full of burst-out-laughing moments, but while this fable of modernity and family in the titular city is realistic, it feels a little unfocused and meandering and maybe it could have done with a stoner best friend or some other broad comic trope to bring about more laughs.

She plays Marion, apparently the same character from 2 Days in Paris, with two kids and now living with boyfriend Mingus (Rock), a radio announcer and father himself, and when her eccentric father and slightly bohemian sister arrive from France to stay, it turns their already chaotic lives upside down.

There's no real arc for anyone involved to speak of and it's really just a docudrama day in the life of (or two as the title suggests, although it feels longer). You'll smile wryly more than once but you'll be waiting for laughs that never come most of the time.

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