A Rainy Day in New York is a 2019 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. It stars Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna and Liev Schreiber. The film follows the romantic exploits of a young college student (Chalamet) on a week-end vacation in NYC, his home town, trying to further bond with his college girlfriend (Fanning).
The film was completed in 2017, but its distributor Amazon Studios halted the release of the film following controversy regarding Allen and the Me Too movement. It was released in Poland on July 26, 2019, with international distributors set to distribute the film in multiple European, South American and Asian countries. The film eventually opened in the U.S. and acted as the opening night premiere at the Deauville American Film Festival on September 6, 2019.
- Timothée Chalamet as Gatsby Welles
- Elle Fanning as Ashleigh Enright
- Selena Gomez as Shannon
- Jude Law as Ted Davidoff
- Diego Luna as Francisco Vega
- Liev Schreiber as Roland Pollard
- Kelly Rohrbach as Terry
- Annaleigh Ashford as Lily
- Rebecca Hall as Connie
- Cherry Jones as Mrs. Welles
- Will Rogers as Hunter
- Suki Waterhouse as Tiffani
- Ben Warheit as Alvin Troller
- Griffin Newman
- Kathryn Leigh Scott as Wanda
- Taylor Black as Dana
- Don Stephenson
- Tre Summers as Gripper James
Woody Allen’s latest stars Timothée Chalamet as a wealthy young New Yorker torn between his journalist student girlfriend (Elle Fanning) and a seductive aspiring actress (Selena Gomez).
Like cigarettes, margarine or the Atkins diet, Woody Allen movies are something that used to be considered good for you and are now more or less deemed a health hazard.
Thus, the 83-year-old writer-director’s latest, A Rainy Day in New York — the 49th feature in a filmography that, beyond a few breaks, has kept up a steady frequency of one movie per year since the late-1960s — is unlikely to ever be released on screens in the U.S.
Other great directors, such as John Ford in his “revisionist” Westerns of the 1960s, managed to get introspective at the end of their careers, questioning their oeuvre in light of changing mores. Allen doesn’t seem willing to go there yet, even if A Rainy Day in New York is filled with a kind of sadness that all the comedy in the world won’t erase.
That sadness is manifested here via nostalgia, both for a New York that no longer exists — and probably only ever existed for millionaires — and for a culture where the encounters between men and the young women they prey on are still played for laughs.