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Originally published Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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Hilarious '2 Days in New York' is a love story with a happy ending

"2 Days in New York," directed by and starring Julie Delpy and Alexia Landau, with Chris Rock, Albert Delpy and Alex Nahon, is a hilarious love story with a happy ending, writes Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald in this review. The film is playing at Seattle's Guild 45th.

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Movie review 3 stars

'2 Days in New York,' with Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landau, Alex Nahon. Directed by Julie Delpy, from a screenplay by Delpy and Landau. 91 minutes. Rated R for language, sexual content, some drug use and brief nudity. Guild 45th.

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Who would have thought that the year's most Woody Allen-ish comedy would come not from Woody Allen, but from a blond Frenchwoman best known for romantic roles? Julie Delpy, star of "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset," here directs a sequel to her 2007 comedy "2 Days in Paris." A few years have passed, and now French photographer/artist Marion (played by Delpy) is in New York, living with her boyfriend Mingus (Chris Rock), her young son (from the relationship depicted in "2 Days in Paris"), Mingus' young daughter and their French cat, Jean-Luc. Their apartment quickly becomes crowded with the arrival of Marion's visiting family: her father (played by Albert Delpy, Julie's real-life dad), sister Rose (Alexia Landau) and Rose's boyfriend Manu (Alex Nahon) — who happens to be Marion's ex-boyfriend.

What then unfolds over the next two days is a sort of "Waiting for Godot" in reverse, with everyone hoping and waiting for someone to leave. Family relationships are hashed over ("You never accepted my birth!" trumpets Rose, who's a psychologist), lines of privacy are crossed, Mingus feels isolated as everyone neurotically shrieks at each other in rapid-fire French, and Marion sells her soul to Vincent Gallo, which is not a metaphor but an actual plot point. It's all much more fun — and funnier — than it sounds, with Delpy a charmingly frazzled heroine. She and Rock, in the midst of free-flying French chaos, find a sweet chemistry together; this is ultimately, in Marion's words, "just a love story with a happy ending."

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com

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