Sunday, April 21, 2024

Exclusive: Woody Allen’s Hilarious “Rainy Day in New York” Very Quietly Hits Streaming Services, DVD Release


I’m here to tell you that Woody Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York” has finally hit streaming services in the US. Not Netflix, but “Rainy Day” is on Amazon Prime, You Tube, Google Play and Vudu. It’s also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Timothee Chalamet, Selena Gomez, and Elle Fanning form the central trio in this very funny romantic comedy. Cherry Jones and Liev Schreiber are featured as well. If people weren’t so narrow minded, they’d see that Jones should be nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The main three young actors are wonderful. It’s easily Chalamet’s best work. He’s told friends he thinks so, too.

Elle Fanning is like a young Diane Keaton in this movie. And the big surprise is how good Selena Gomez is. Not that she hasn’t turned in good work before, but she’s best known as a singer. This is her best film performance so far.

So what happened? Well, we know. Amazon Studios panicked three years ago when the MeToo movement took off. They were in the middle of releasing Woody’s “Wonder Wheel,” which wasn’t as fully formed. They pulled the plug on all things Woody, and he sued them for $68 million. The parties eventually settled. But “Rainy Day” suffered. It was released only abroad, where it made over $20 million. I reviewed it in the summer of 2019, and loved it. But people are out to get it because they want to hurt Woody. They don’t even know why, or have facts. It’s terrible.

One interesting note: so far all the customers who’ve reviewed “Rainy Day” on really like it. They’re not being influenced by narrow minds. Watch this film. You won’t regret it.




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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