Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Surprise! Woody Allen’s Very Funny “Rainy Day in New York” Has Made $20 Mil Worldwide, with UK Release Coming


I told you Woody Allen’s “Rainy Day in New York” was very very good some months ago.

Now I can tell you that according to, the comedy starring Timothee Chalamet, Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning has made $21 million around the world. It opens next in the UK. I’m sure Australia will embrace it, too!

“Rainy Day” still has no US distributor because, because because…And right now, of course, no theaters are open. But this fall, someone with a little vision should pick this film up. The leads are super, and there’s a wonderful star turn by Cherry Jones.

I know, when #MeToo started, a lot of actors were cornered into saying they’d never work with Woody again. But now that his memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” has stated his case and explained his side of things, it’s time to move on.

I do have it on good authority that Chalamet has seen the film, and loved it. He is said to have remarked he thought it was his best work so far. I totally agree. Elle Fanning is always good, she’s lovely in this and very funny. Selena is the revelation. What a film career she could have playing a smart cookie in smart comedies.

Here’s my original review of “Rainy Day.” Let’s get this film into theaters before 2020 is over.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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