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2 Days in Paris

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
6 out of 10
Extras Rating:
6 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: R

Starring:
Julie Delpy as Marion
Adam Goldberg as Jack
Daniel Brhl as Lukas
Marie Pillet as Anna, Marion's mother
Albert Delpy as Jeannot, Marion's father
Aleksia Landeau as Rose, Marion's sister
Adan Jodorowsky as Mathieu
Alexandre Nahon as Manu
Charlotte Maury-Sentier as Robbed woman
Vanessa Seward as Vanessa
Thibault De Lussy as Gal
Chick Ortega as First taxi driver
Patrick Chupin as Taxi driver with dog
Antar Boudache as Arab taxi driver
Ludovic Berthillot as Racist taxi driver

Special Features:
Extended scenes
Interview with Julie Delpy

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Running Time: 104 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Adam Goldberg delivers 'an uproarious study in transatlantic culture panic' (MTV) as Jack, an anxious, hypochondriac-prone New Yorker vacationing throughout Europe with his breezy, free-spirited Parisian girlfriend, Marion (Delpy). But when they make a two-day stop in Marion's hometown, the couple's romantic trip takes a turn as Jack is exposed to Marion's sexually perverse and emotionally unstable family, her coarse temperament with cab drivers and her ex-lovers...her many ex-lovers. Culture-shocked and ego-bruised, Jack finds himself hoping that their relationship can survive as their love is revealed in surprising ways."

"2 Days in Paris" is rated R for sexual content, some nudity and language.

The Movie:
"2 Days in Paris" (not a porn though it sounds like one) is not a movie I'd typically go out of my way to see. It's about a high strung couple going through angst about their relationship. It's set in Paris. And a good portion of it is in French. That's three strikes right there in my book. But I checked it out on a whim and I was pleasantly surprised.

First of all, the dialogue is incredibly witty. Though Jack and Marion are both annoying in their own special ways, they each fire off one funny one liner after another. You soon forget how overbearing they are and begin liking them, problems and all. The film also tackles the classic "culture clash" theme in a different way. Jack is introduced to local cuisine, classic French rudeness, Marion's long list of ex-lovers, and Parisian taxi drivers. His reaction to each doesn't disappoint. Finally, the movie has a great message about love and relationships. Here's a memorable quote from the film:

"And even if this person bugs you sixty percent of the time, well you still can't live without him. And even if he wakes you up every day by sneezing right in your face, well you love his sneezes more than anyone else's kisses."

If you're a fan of romantic comedies (somewhat raunchy ones, though) or movies about culture clashes, "2 Days in Paris" is a film you'll want to check out. Fans of Adam Goldberg will particularly love his wit and sarcasm and everyone else will grow to appreciate Julie Delpy's talent as actress, writer, and director.

The bonus features are rather slim, but they answer most of your questions about the making of the film. While Adam Goldberg isn't interviewed, Delpy is extensively. She talks about casting her parents in the film, writing, scoring, and directing the movie. There are also a few deleted scenes included too.

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