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A Rainy Day in New York

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

So-so Woody Allen romcom has sex references, mild drug use.

Movie PG-13 2020 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

A beautiful film that makes you wanna go dancing in the rain!

I liked this movie incredibly. It was beautiful and the ambience of the whole film was magical. The themes in it are not kid friendly. I don’t think kids would appreciate it nonetheless. Infidelity, gambling, substance use. It is quite an interesting film.
age 17+

Adult themes and dialogue

I am unclear as to why Common Sense rated this movie 13+. The themes are completely inappropriate and dialogue is over-the head of that age group . Some of the major themes explored are lust, sex, infidelity, and prostitution. There is smoking (cigarettes and pot), excessive drinking, prostitution, and gambling. Thankfully my 13 year old daughter didn’t grasp much of the dialogue. It was delivered quickly and had literary references no 13 year old would understand.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This romcom is, above anything else, incredibly true to its creator Woody Allen -- enriched with his familiar use of witty, self-deprecating language and romantic flair. The problem is that A Rainy Day in New York feels like a pastiche of his work, lacking in any real identity of its own. Because Allen writes in his own voice, the acting often feels imitative of his style and performance. Chalamet, in particular, falls into this category. It's almost as if he's doing an impression of the director, rather than serving the character at hand. It's an ensemble piece, starring the likes of Selena Gomez and Jude Law alongside Chalamet and Fanning, but regrettably very few actors come out with much credit, each given such contrived dialogue to work with.

Considering this comes from the director who made Manhattan, Allen's somehow even made New York seem quite bleak and uninviting. That said there is the occasional magical, charming moment, though overall the movie feels tired and just too self-aware. But with a lead character called "Gatsby," what did we honestly expect?

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