Wednesday, January 11, 2012
2 Days in Paris (2007)
After Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), Alan Smithee got the impression that Julie Delpy was interesting. With 2 Days in Paris, which she also wrote and directed, she demonstrates otherwise.
The film opens with an annoying couple (Marion and Jack) trying to hail a taxi. Almost immediately, one doesn't care. Then, just as one is preparing to press eject, the pair arrives at Marion's parents', and the film suddenly entertains. A sister arrives shortly after, and the ensuing scenes at Marion's house are the best in the film.
Unfortunately, Delpy miscalculates. The film follows the couple around Paris, to the dismay of all. We are supposed to be learning something about love, but in case we aren't, Delpy provides a voice-over, where we are told, among other things, that breaking up "hurts so much." You get the idea.
The entertaining parents are played by Delpy's actual parents, both actors, and one presumes they were not consulted during the editing process.