In the Yardley College, Gatsby Welles learns that his girlfriend Ashleigh Enright will travel to Manhattan to interview the cult director Roland Pollard for the college paper and he plans a romantic weekend with her. Gatsby is the son of a wealthy family in New York and Ashleigh is from Tucson and her father owns several banks. He has no attraction to study in Yardley but gambling and Ashleigh. When they arrive in Manhattan, Gatsby does not tell his parents that are planning a fancy party in the evening. Ashleigh meets Pollard and he invites her to a screening of his new film with his writer Ted Davidoff. Meanwhile Gatsby stumbles upon his friend, who is cinema student, and he accepts to participate in a kiss scene with Chan Tyrell, who is the younger sister of his former girlfriend. Along the rainy weekend in New York, Gatsby and Ashleigh have new experiences and discoveries.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
User Reviews: Honestly never seen her in anything where she wasn’t – at the very least – simply wonderful.
A comedy from a bygone era, yet a tale of romance, which is timeless. Now, before you roll your eyes back into your head, when I say "timeless" I mean Woody has basically made this film, I don’t know, ten times already, but for me the message hits a little different and still resonates each and every time.
And I just love the man’s writing. I also watched a couple of Éric Rohmer’s early works this year, and A Rainy Day in New York reminded me of them in a most pleasant way.
And I probably had the most ideal viewing experience imaginable as well:
a steady rain outside the theatre, the film shown in a rather small room, with a senior crowd (old ladies letting out hearty laughs left and right), me and my nice cup of green tea in one hand and a pretzel in the other.
It truly was one cosy afternoon.
I look forward to repeating it once it hits VOD.
P.S. (on the behind the scenes stuff):
I get why people wouldn’t want to watch/support Woody’s work. I myself am quite iffy about watching Polanski films. While I’d question the integrity of certain cast members, donating their income to charities is ultimately a good thing. So at least that shines through the stormy release of A Rainy Day.