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Day 317: 2 Days in New York.

 
I have to say, I'm not a big movie-goer. I love movies themselves, but I don't necessarily love going out to see one. Something about being stuffed in a dark room with a bunch of strangers and being forced to watch an hour of commercials before the actual film starts just turns me off. A movie night to me is watching an illegal download from the comfort of my home, under a blanket with a glass of wine. Saying that, I am always the last to see movies that everyone is buzzing about and have reactions to art films about a year after their Academy Award win - a small sacrifice for being a lazy wino. Every so often, a film comes out that I have been dying to see and it's only this kind of hysteria that gets my big bottom over to the theater. A good example of said hysteria would be Spice World. That, I saw on opening night.

In the summer of 2007, I was given a movie pass by my step-mom who was encouraging me to use it on La Vie en Rose that was playing at the Paris Theater on the Upper East Side. While I absolutely love this movie theater and the biopic on Edith Piaf interested me, I had another Franco-film in mind that appealed to me much more; 2 Days in Paris and I was not disappointed with my choice. Julie Delpy is such a talented writer who is able to communicate the incessant cultural differences between Americans and the French. She takes on the challenge of conveying it with humor while avoiding cheap clichés - a difficult feat. To be clear, this film isn't targeted just for the Francophiles of the world. At the time, I didn't speak French, I had no interest in Paris, and certainly no interest (whatsoever!) in French men, but I still adored this film. Something about it hit home for me. Perhaps I was foreshadowing on my life...

Now that I'm the neurotic New Yorker in Paris, I relate to it more than ever, but on the reverse side where I've brought home several French boyfriends to meet my rowdy New York family and I was never sure exactly how it would go over. I have never been that reassuring girlfriend who says: "Don't worry, my family will love you," because I really don't know if they will. They can be pretty unpredictable, especially with their opinions. I mean, they hated Lucien. But he was also the one who thought that a great dinner topic would be to tell us all that if we were in France, we'd be considered low-class. That sort of killed his chances of ever being invited back.

Tonight I'm off to see the very much anticipated 2 Days in New York to see if it lives up to the original; a movie I can watch over and over again. How apropos, as I lead up to introducing my new French boyfriend to my grandparents for Easter dinner in New York. Meeting the Italian grandparents on a Catholic holiday. Good lord...

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  1. "They can be pretty unpredictable, especially with their opinions. I mean, they hated Lucien."

    In all fairness, who wouldn't? I hate Lucien and I don't even know him!:)

    I saw Two Days in Paris on DVD a few months back and LOVED IT!:) I'm really looking forward to seeing Two Days in NY! I didn't know it was even in the works until I saw part of the preview in Brussels this weekend! I wonder how long it'll take to make its way to Pathé in The Hague... maybe I'll have to see it in Paris:) Mind you, I have a thing about seeing English-language movies in Paris... would rather see French stuff and then wait til I get home to Canada to see American movies. Maybe it'll still be playing in theatres when I get home in May? Anyway, let me know if you liked it as much as its Paris counterpart!

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    1. I understand not wanting to see a predominately Anglo film in Paris. But if you have a crummy, rainy day, consider checking it out. I really enjoyed it.

      Chris Rock was fantastic, Albert Delpy did NOT disappoint, Julie was an amazing neurotic mess...and the Vincent Gallo cameo..AMAZING! I love that guy..he's such an asshole.

      I look forward to hearing about your Paris trip!

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  2. Ahhh! That is SO funny. Sir L just left on business and i thought of going to see the movie tonight as well!!! But like you... actually getting to the theatre is always hard. I cant wait to hear what you think!

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    1. Also, I love that you referenced Spice World. Amaze-balls.

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    2. I think you'd really enjoy it. I was the annoying person LOLing the theater. : ) Go see it and let me know what you think! I love the Paris/NYC connection...for me it never gets played out.

      And Spice World changed my life. I mean, I like totally put bright red streaks in my hair the next day. It was some next level shit. ; )

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  3. Watching an illegal download with a glass of wine is how I roll here in the LPV :)
    Super excited to check out 2 Days in New York though - I might just make my husband take me to the theater. That would be a treat! (I'll have to sneak my wine in) xo

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    1. Go see it! I think you'd get a kick out of it. I think another date night is in your foreseeable future! : )

      ..and sneaking booze in the theater...is there any other way to go see a movie!? ; )

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  4. And....what did you think? I've been wanting to see this movie ever since I saw the posters hanging in the metro.

    When I saw the title of this post in my reader, I thought that you were back in New York. It's good to know that you're still in Paris.

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    1. Seb and I will be living our 2 Days in New York next week when he meets the ENTIRE fam. Oh la la la la la la.

      I really enjoyed the film. It's chock full cultural differences and mayhem. It's also a little crass but then again, so am I. : )

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  5. Looking forward to your review, Ella. I saw 2 days in Paris and I loved it so I'm hoping that 2 days in NY will not disappoint.

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  6. Can't wait to see it. Loved, loved... LOVE the first one. "It's funny... but it's funny".

    Here's a bit of foreshadowing for you... your grandparents are gonna LOVE Seb. Couldn't tell you how I know that, but I have a STRONG feeling he's a good one.

    :)

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    1. "Oh sweetie, it's funny...come on..it's funny!" LOL!

      Thanks Miss Hollywood...I think it'll be fine too, he is a good one. : )

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  7. I can't wait for this to come to America! I'm going to watch the first one tonight (I just downloaded it). ; )

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    ps: That Lucien sounds like a real creep.

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    1. Did you see it? I hope you loved it as much as I did. This is one of my favorite movies and am so pleased that the sequel lived up to my high expectations!

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