Love in the Big City 2

Love in the Big City 2 / Любовь в большом городе 2

Published: September 24, 2016

Love in the Big City 2 (Любовь в большом городе 2) is a Russian romantic comedy released in 2010, the sequel to 2009’s Love in the Big City (Любовь в большом городе). In that movie, the two main characters finally got together; in the sequel, we see the continuation of their lives together. The director, Marius Weisberg, is known for his writing and direction of romantic comedies, and among the cast are several well-known comedic actors. Singer and actress Vera Brezhneva, best known for singing in pop group VIA Gra, also has a small role.

The action takes place mostly in Thailand. The main couple, Igor and Nastya, are traveling there for a trip along with some friends of theirs, and on the way they meet a young American couple who are planning to spend some time at a Thai monastery to be cured of their infertility. They all end up going to the monastery together, where they are far too effectively “cured” of their infertility: they find out that the next time they have sex, they’ll conceive a child. The men are horrified, the women take it in stride, and they must all decide how they feel about becoming parents. There’s also a secondary storyline about how Igor’s father, an oligarch who lives on a ranch in Thailand, doesn’t approve of Nastya and wants his son to marry a richer woman to get him out of some financial problems.

The film got a perfectly fine reception from critics and audiences. Its plot conceit earned it some criticism, and it was compared unfavorably to the first film in the series, which called “very human” and said left audiences smiling, even if it was silly. This one didn’t have quite the same effect, the critic said, but it was still enjoyable.

Director: Marius Weisberg
Stars: Aleksey Chadov, Ville Khaapasalo, Vladimir Zelenskiy, Vera Brezhneva, Anastasia Zadorozhnaya, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Leonid Yarmolnik
Production company: Kvartal-95, Leopolis
Box office take: $10.2 million

Official trailer:

Love in the Big City 2

About the author

Julie Hersh

Julie studied Russian as a Second Language in Irkutsk and before that, Bishkek, with SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship program, with the goal of someday having some sort of Russia/Eurasia-related career. She recently got her master’s degree from the University of Glasgow and the University of Tartu, where she studied women’s dissent in Soviet Russia. She also has a bachelor’s degree in literature from Yale. Some of her favorite Russian authors are Sorokin, Shishkin, Il’f and Petrov, and Akhmatova. In her spare time Julie cautiously practices martial arts, reads feminist websites, and taste-tests instant coffee for her blog.

Program attended: Home and Abroad Scholar

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