A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Curiosity, spontaneity, and adventure is explored. Not settling for second best when it comes to relationships. Characters are unfaithful, gamble, and lie to their families.
Positive Role Models
Most characters indulge in adultery and show little respect to their partners. Gatsby has an unhealthy affliction for gambling too. He also considers dropping out of school. Ashleigh is focussed on her career aspirations, with dreams of becoming a journalist.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss and in one scene someone is seen in just their underwear. Conversations about sex take place; discussing fellatio at a religious ceremony, and comparing sexual positions.
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"Bulls--t" is used. There is a joke using a Jewish stereotype as the punchline, though it's self-deprecating rather than offensive.
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Products & Purchases
A character wins big playing poker, and they discuss using their winnings to buy tickets to the Broadway show Hamilton. Characters stay in fancy hotels. Marlboro cigarettes are clearly depicted.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character smokes frequently -- they acknowledge that they smoke too much and only does it to look cool. Two characters smoke pot together. Drinking is very frequent, at family events, bars, and restaurants. One character discusses their drinking habit and insinuates they want alcohol when they receive bad news, saying they "need a drink" -- they subsequently go to a bar to "drown their sorrows."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Rainy Day in New York is a Woody Allen romcom that shines a light on people's flaws and bad habits -- in a knowing, overtly cinematic way. There's infidelity among the characters -- including leads Gatsby (Timothée Chalamet) and Ashleigh (Elle Fanning) -- with various roles and relationships intertwining. No character is loyal to anybody else, and all the relationships depicted lack respect. That said, the movie does celebrate the notion of finding the right person and not settling for anything less. The movie's comforting, cinematic tone detracts from the severity of the characters' actions, and while main characters gamble, smoke both cigarettes and pot, and drink frequently, all of these vices are addressed and recognized for their destructive nature. There's no nudity, although a sexual encounter does lead to Ashleigh stripping down to her underwear. Expect occasional sex references, including a joke about oral sex and a discussion about sexual positions -- as well as use of the word "bulls--t." Note: The movie has struggled to find a U.S. distributor due to controversy surrounding Allen, although it is available in some countries, including the U.K. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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