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Comedy - Romantic

A Rainy Day in New York (2019 in Spain)


Duration 1h 32m Rating (UK) 7 (on IMDb)
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Woody Allen
Writers/Script Woody Allen
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Kelly Rohrbach, Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Liev Schreiber, Diego Luna,

Elevator Pitch: Ashleigh, a college newspaper reporter has got an assignment to interview film director, Roland Pollard, in New York, and so her boyfriend, Gatsby Welles, decides to ccompany her and show her the town. Fortunately he is a successful gambler and has a pocketful of money. They check into an upmarket hotel but then their paths separate. Ashleigh meets the director and is propelled into the New York film world eventualy, in the night to be found in the flat of a Spanish film star. Gatsby mees old college friends resulting in him standing in for an actor in an amateur film and kissing a young woman whose elder sister he used to go out with. They meet again accidentally – and so on.

Content: Ashleigh appears in her underwear once, and there is drinking, smoking of pot and gambling. Gatsby plays the piano in a few places. Ashleigh watches a film with the director, and goes to a party with Ted the writer, where he and the director and the Spanish hearthrob hit on her. Gatsby goes to the Met with Shannon, the kissee  (or maybe the kisser) in the film. He had hoped to avoid a party given by his parents but ends up going with a hooker pretending to be Ashleigh.

A View: I had seen the trailer, and without knowing what the film was remembered one line which I thought was funny. It was, so they featured it in the trailer, but my wife and I thought that the rest of it was pretty dire. Gatsby – I thought it was a nickname – but no, is a bit annoying. Ashleigh very annoying until the following morning when she seems to be a different person. And the rest; they tried hard but you just could not care about them. So not really a watch, even for Woody Allen fans.

Additional info: There is a lot of stuff since the distributor has cancelled Allen’s four film deal and the movie has not been released in America, because of the accusation made against him in 1994, now resurfaced due to the “Me Too” movement. Several cast members have given their fees to charity.

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