A Rainy Day in New York is a 2019 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen, starring 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 weekend visit to his hometown of New York City, in hopes of deepening the relationship with his college girlfriend (Fanning) while she is in the city to interview a highly regarded independent film director (Schreiber).
Gatsby Welles, the brainy but eccentric son of wealthy New York City-based parents, is a student at Yardley College, a liberal arts school in Upstate New York, and a successful gambler. When his girlfriend Ashleigh Enright, a journalism major from Tucson, has to travel to Manhattan to interview esteemed independent filmmaker Roland Pollard for the student newspaper, Gatsby tags along, planning a romantic weekend in the city, while trying to avoid his parents who are holding a gala in the evening, and with whom he has a conflicted relationship.
Ashleigh’s interview with Pollard is supposed to last one hour, but the director is impressed by her charm and film knowledge and invites her to a private screening of his new film, which ruins her plans with Gatsby, much to his dismay. Strolling alone through New York, Gatsby bumps into a film student friend who is shooting a short film and who asks him to stand in for a missing actor for a shot that involves kissing his co-star. To Gatsby’s surprise, the actress turns out to be Chan Tyrell, the younger sister of a former girlfriend. The two of them run into each other again when they both hail the same cab. Gatsby’s romantic plans with Ashleigh are further delayed by Ashleigh getting increasingly involved with Pollard, who is having a creative crisis, and his long-suffering screenwriter, Ted Davidoff.
Feeling abandoned, Gatsby accompanies Chan to her parents’ apartment where he sings “Everything Happens to Me” on their piano. They discuss their love for New York and agree that on rainy days it is one of the most romantic places. They visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Chan confesses that she used to have a crush on Gatsby. A chance meeting with his aunt and uncle at the museum forces Gatsby to attend his parents’ gala.
While chasing after a vanished Pollard, Ashleigh and Ted stumble upon Ted’s wife, who is having an extramarital affair. While Ted confronts his wife, Ashleigh goes to the studio where she meets film star Francisco Vega, who invites her out for dinner. Gatsby, meanwhile, uses his gambling skills to win big at a poker game his brother had arranged earlier in the evening. Back at his hotel room, he sees Ashleigh on the news hailed as Francisco’s latest fling. Distraught, he goes for a drink at the Carlyle’s cocktail lounge, where he meets an escort named Terry, whom he hires to impersonate Ashleigh at his family’s gala.
Francisco takes Ashleigh to a film business party, where she reconnects with Pollard and Ted, who both declare themselves smitten with her. Afterwards, Francisco and Ashleigh retire to his apartment, and as they begin to have sex, Francisco’s girlfriend arrives unexpectedly, driving Ashleigh to leave through the backdoor wearing only a raincoat over her bra and panties.
Gatsby arrives at his family’s gala with Terry, but his mother sees through the charade. In an intimate talk, she reveals to Gatsby that she was an escort when she met his father, and that her earnings were the seed capital that resulted in their wealth. Her personal history is the reason she has pressured Gatsby into intellectual and artistic endeavors, education, and refinement that she acquired as an adult. This revelation changes Gatsby’s perceptions of his mother. At the end of the night, Ashleigh finds a despondent Gatsby back at the Carlyle, assuring him that nothing happened with Francisco.
The next morning, the pair take a horse-drawn carriage ride in Central Park before returning to Yardley. Ashleigh, however, is disappointed by the misty weather, and when Gatsby mentions a Cole Porter lyric, she misattributes it to Shakespeare. Realizing their incompatibility, Gatsby abruptly ends their relationship and announces that he will withdraw form Yardley to stay in New York. He later goes to the Delacorte Clock outside the Central Park Zoo, reenacting a fantasy he and Chan previously shared. As the clock strikes six, Chan arrives, and the pair kiss in the pouring rain.
Timothée Chalamet as Gatsby Welles
Elle Fanning as Ashleigh Enright
Selena Gomez as Chan Tyrell
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 Davidoff
Cherry Jones as Mrs. Welles
Will Rogers as Hunter Welles
Suki Waterhouse as Tiffany
Ben Warheit as Alvin Troller
Griffin Newman as Josh Loomis
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Wanda
Don Stephenson as Bemelmans Bar Waiter