Director Woody Allen | 2020 | 93 mins | Drama/Comedy | USA | English
Woody Allen’s romantic comedy A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK tells the story of college sweethearts, Gatsby (Timothée Chalamet) and Ashleigh (Elle Fanning), whose plans for a romantic weekend together in New York City are dashed as quickly as the sunlight turns into showers. The two are soon parted, and each has a series of chance meetings and comical adventures while on their own.
When Ashleigh gets an assignment from the school paper to interview celebrated film director Roland Pollard (Liev Schreiber) in Manhattan, Gatsby seizes the opportunity to show Arizona-bred Ashleigh his favorite haunts in his hometown. An old soul, Gatsby loves vintage New York, and he puts together a jam-packed itinerary of classic haunts like the Bemelman’s Bar at Café Carlyle.
Gatsby’s well-laid plans are quickly sidetracked when Pollard invites Ashleigh to watch a work-in-progress screening of his new film. Ashleigh is soon off on a head-spinning series of encounters that lead her from Pollard to screenwriter Ted Davidoff (Jude Law) to movie star Francisco Vega (Diego Luna).
Left to his own devices in the city, Gatsby ends up spending the day with Chan (Selena Gomez), the sharp-witted younger sister of his ex-girlfriend. He also goes to a party thrown by his wealthy parents, where he has a life-changing conversation with his mother (Cherry Jones).
Over the course of a dreamy and drizzly day in New York, Ashleigh discovers she might not be who she thought she was and Gatsby learns that while you only live once, once is enough if you find the right person.
“A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK SHOWS A FILMMAKER AS IN LOVE WITH THE BEAUTY, POSSIBILITY AND POWER OF CINEMA AS HE’S ALWAYS BEEN.”
“MANAGES TO STIR THE MIND AND TICKLE THE HEART”
“AS THE TUCSON NATIVE SWEPT BEHIND THE RED VELVET ROPES OF NEW YORK’S MOVIE BIZ, ELLE FANNING IS SIMPLY A DELIGHT, WOODY HAVING PROCURED ANOTHER NOTE PERFECT FEMALE COMEDIC PERFORMANCE.”
– REELING REVIEWS
“THE FILM IS ALLEN’S MOST ROBUST ALL-AROUND EFFORT IN SOME TIME: BRIGHTLY WRITTEN, CHARMINGLY ACTED, AND IMAGINATIVELY DIRECTED.”
– WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Woody Allen – Director
Timothée Chalamet (Dune, Call Me By Your Name)
Elle Fanning (Maleficent, The Neon Demon)
Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers)
Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley)
Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
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