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  2 Days in Paris

Starring: Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg, Daniel Bruhl, Albert Delpy, Marie Pillet

Directed by: Julie Delpy

Produced by: Christophe Mazodier, Julie Delpy, Thierry Potok

Written by: Julie Delpy

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

     Julie Delpy wrote, directed, and co-produced 2 Days in Paris, drawing from personal experiences in her native France to make the film a work that is entirely her own. To a certain extent, she succeeds. Much like Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset, another film set in Paris that she starred in, 2 Days in Paris excels when indulging in its witty and pleasurable-sounding dialogue. However, whereas Before Sunset was a masterpiece due to the unconventional discourse between its two characters, 2 Days in Paris falls short on the whole because the majority of what it has to stay about its subject and its setting is stereotypical. The stereotypes may be true—much of the film is rather hysterical because of them—but this doesn’t make them any less conventional within the confines of the screenplay. The cultural misadventures of Delpy’s Marion and her American boyfriend Jack (Adam Goldberg) are humorous in the moment due to their ingenious delivery but ultimately prove forgettable given their inherent unoriginality. As Marion and Jack spend time with her family and run into many of her ex-boyfriends along the way, the tone—if amusing—is frothy and forgettable. In addition, it is worth mentioning that the end to the film comes so abruptly and is so squeaky-clean that it can’t help but seem like a cop-out. Delpy has exerted a noble effort to balance comedy and drama with 2 Days in Paris, but her work proves only partially successful in the end.


-Danny Baldwin, Bucket Reviews

Review Published on: 8.29.2007

Screened on: 8.28.2007 at the Landmark Hillcrest in San Diego, CA.


2 Days in Paris is rated R and runs 94 minutes.

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