Even if Julie Delpy's latest labor of love isn't as supple or coherent as her previously sharp 2 Days in Paris it still can be pretty endearing as a goofy, thoughtful romantic comedy.
Her 2 Days in New York stars herself and Chris Rock and grounds itself in the humorous, detailed chaos of everyday life.
French photographer Marion, a blithely fervid Delpy, now has a boyfriend Mingus, a fine against type part for Rock with young children (Owen Shipman and Talen Ruth Riley) from previous relationships.
Everything for this familial intermixture is all right until the arrival from France of Marion's dad (Albert Delpy, Julie's real-life father), her brusque sister Rose (Alexia Landeau, Delpy's script collaborator) and Rose's boorish beau Manu (Alexandre Nahon) who happens to an old flame of Marion. The likable, if irritating visitors obviously cause complications for Marion and Mingus that amusingly cuts into the conflict of disparate lifestyles and one can tell that the characters easily respond to the insights offered from the storyline.
Dylan Baker and Kate Burton turn up as disgruntled neighbors, while Vincent Gallo is featured in a fairly quirky strand as a combination of the cheesy and offhanded lead to a weird Central Park interlude. Yet, Delpy manages an honest examination of family and, again, male/female interaction showing off some her helming flair in a pedal-to-the-medal montage of Big Apple tourism. While it may lack the flow and charm of its predecessor, 2 Days in New York still performs with charming offbeat realism as Delpy and a surprising Rock have some of the best lines that make their characters resonate even to heartfelt effect.