Jack is a neurotic New Yorker travelling around Europe with his bohemian French girlfriend, Marion. When they make an express stopover in her hometown, Paris, the romantic trip takes a crooked turn as Jack becomes savvy to her offbeat family and promiscuous past.
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Though the wrap-up to the film and the couple’s widening rift is decidedly bobbled with an uneasy preponderance of voice-over, it’s nice to see that even the healthiest, snappiest cynic can’t help concluding that Paris is indeed for lovers.
Funny, poignant, sad, ironic and incredibly endearing this is a romantic comedy with heart, soul and the ability to laugh at itself and us human beings and our relationships while proving the importance of having them. That final monologue never fails to bring me to tears.
Obnoxiously close to my last relationship. Hit home in a big way. I actually somehow saw the film without the subtitles but was able to glean all that was happening despite this and I'm glad that this was the way I saw it. It made me identify even more closely with Adam Goldberg's character in his confusion with her culture and her falsehoods. Beautifully written and sensitively directed by Delpy.
Lovely ending monologue, but the actual lovers are hard to take. With his whining man-child act and lines straight from Woody Allen's mouth, it's hard to see how Jack is able to function without someone to mother him 24/7. His tedious patriarchal concern with controlling her sexuality is pathetic. Why would Marion ever tolerate his insecure egomania in the first place?
Badly written, especially the incessant voiceover, obvious, too many tiresome stereotypes (neurotic, hypochondriac Jewish guy, American who balks at food, sex obsessed philosophizing Frenchmen, sexually jealous men) and the plotting is simply awful. The plus side: It has handful of small moments that nicely capture relationships.
This is so much better than 2 Days in New York. Acting turns out to be an important factor. Adam Goldberg is a very good actor and naturally funny. Chris Rock is neither of those. The relationship rang true, and the kind of struggles that couples have.
I wish I had liked this film. It has an interesting premise, but all the characters annoy me too much! I almost couldn't find pleasure with the film itself. Also they could either have been more sarcastic or more realistic with the cultural depiction. I find it most of time stereotypical and it was not clear to me if it wanted to be deeply sarcastic or real. The in between option is valid, but didn't work for me.