2 Days in Paris

 
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Witty romance explores realistic relationship; graphic talk.
  • Review Date: July 23, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Trust is important in a relationship, and men and women need to be able to recognize that talking to people of the opposite sex, even ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends, isn't necessarily cheating.

Positive role models

Jack and Marion seem to love each other and they work through some complex relationship issues with thoughtfulness and passion. Their relationship is tested when one starts to doubt the fidelity of the other, and his suspicions prompt him to see the worst in everything.

Violence

Several heated arguments, some involving racial epithets and people screaming about romantic relationships gone sour.

Sex

Many graphic references to a variety of sexual acts. Some scenes feature photos of nude men. A couple fools around underneath a quilt in an encounter that's anything but romantic.

Language

Plenty of swearing, in English and French, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "c--k," "p---y," "ass" and "bitch." Many references to various sexual techniques, including oral and anal sex. Some derogatory talk about Arabs, in French.

Consumerism

A photographer uses a Polaroid camera.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

People drink wine and beer at meals and parties, and sometimes smoke cigarettes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 2 Days in Paris is a mature romantic dramedy that shows a realistic portrayal of love, including all of the ups and the downs. There's plenty of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," etc.) in both English and French, and many detailed sexual references using a variety of slang terms. People drink and smoke cigarettes at parties and at meals, and there are several intense arguments.

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What's the story?

Jack (Adam Goldberg) and Marion (Julie Delpy) have been together for two years and seem to have settled into that phase of a long-term relationship where it's clear they are happy with each other but have also become so comfortable that perhaps they take each other for granted. Until they spend 2 DAYS IN PARIS visiting her family and old friends, when it becomes clear that there are many things they don't know about each other, and some revelations threaten to unspool their romance.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

2 Days in Paris is a romance, no question, filled with hilarious scenes, but don't expect a typical romantic comedy. The couple don't meet cute and don't quibble over trivialities. Instead, they fight over real issues, and say truly hurtful things that will ring true for those in search of an authentic cinematic depiction of relationships. Delpy has played a similar role before (notably in the acclaimed Before Sunrise and Before Sunset), but she makes Marion distinct by creating a complex character not often seen in movies like this. 

Mostly what's plaguing her and Jack is jealousy, as he becomes increasingly unnerved when she encounters one ex-boyfriend after another. But the plot works on a deeper level, probing the nature of conflict between couples. Theirs may be a cross-cultural relationship, but the mistrust and misunderstandings that beset them are universal (perhaps funnier, however, and all performed with remarkable elan). The film is a revealing look at what it takes to make a relationship last, and why sometimes it's harder to stick together than it is to flee.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Jack and Marion's relationship. Does it seem realistic? Do you think they really love each other?

  • Talk to your teens about how Marion's sexual past is handled in the movie. What point is the movie making about it.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 10, 2007
DVD release date:February 5, 2008
Cast:Adam Goldberg, Julie Delpy
Director:Julie Delpy
Studio:Red Envelope Entertainment
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sexual content, some nudity and language

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