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2 Days in New York Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The comedy works some of the time; the pathos, more so. There's an undertow of grief in 2 Days in New York relating to the passing of Marion's (and Delpy's) mother, who died in 2009.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    French farce is alive and reasonably well in 2 Days in New York, a madcap inter-family romp that deftly keeps many comic balls in the air for a good hour, before dropping some in the final stretch.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's a pleasure to meet up again with Marion, the distractible, acerbic, New York-based French photographer played once more by Julie Delpy in 2 Days in New York. This bouncy hand-knitted comedy of cross-cultural relationships, also directed and co-written by Delpy, makes a jaunty sequel to "2 Days in Paris."

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What impresses me more is that she (Delpy) has a lighthearted way about her and takes chances in comedies like this. It is hard enough to be good at all, but to be good in comedy speaks for your character.

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OK for kids 16+

Relationship sequel has same formula, less zest than first.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 2 Days in New York is the follow-up to 2 Days in Paris, both directed by and starring Julie Delpy. It follows the same basic formula as the original, focusing on a couple forced to address issues in their relationship while surrounded by her very French (and very outrageous) family. There are some scenes with bickering and fairly graphic sexual banter (including a running joke that references oral sex), adult characters drink and smoke pot, and there's plenty of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," etc.). The real drama comes from watching Delpy's character and her live-in boyfriend, played by Chris Rock, navigate the rocky shoals of a real relationship, which may not be especially relatable to young people who've had few of their own.

  • Families can talk about Marion and Mingus. Do you think they're a good fit for each other? Do they seem like realistic people? What do you think about the way they resolve issues?
  • How does 2 Days in New York compare with its predecessor, 2 Days in Paris? Do they seem similar to Delpy's other well-known set of films, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset?
  • Do you think the movie presents a realistic view of love and relationships? Teens: What do you expect falling in love (and being together long-term) to be like? How do movies usually portray that?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A real relationship can be real work, but they're usually worth the effort, and negotiating through the conflicts can make a couple stronger ... even if one of them comes with some quirky and unusual family members.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Marion and Mingus are flawed but mostly behave like adults as they try to deal with some of the conflicts that arise -- between each other, with neighbors, and with her demanding family members. They try to show respect for each other as they seek common ground in a film that presents a very realistic portrait of a relationship. A little potentially offensive racial-stereotype humor from the no-boundaries French relatives.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some intense bickering and one minor scrap as a woman tries to grab a document from a man and they end up wrestling on the floor.

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    Sex: Several graphic discussions about sex, and a few scenes feature a couple who appear to be fooling around under the covers. One woman walks around half-dressed, with brief glimpses of her breast and butt. A married couple flirts and talks about why they can't have sex with an apartment full of guests. A running joke pairs Mingus' name with a term for oral sex.

  • language false4

    Language: Plenty of swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "motherf----r," "d--k," "ass," "bitch," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Many stores are visible in the background of scenes shot on location in New York City.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Several scenes show people drinking at dinner and at parties -- and sometimes smoking cigarettes as well. Some characters smoke pot in a few scenes, and a man completes a drug deal in front of a young girl. She later emulates what she witnessed by trying to sell real grass, picked in the park, to a classmate.