Do not suppose you have to like Paris to enjoy this movie, although it did bring to me a sense of nostalgia that I never thought I’d have upon seeing the familiar sights again.
That said, Woody Allen did a great job on this. Owen Wilson is the screenwriter and aspiring novelist looking for meaning in the streets of Paris, while trying to convince his fiancee, played by Rachel McAdams, of the charm of the city. One night, on one of his walks, he discovers a mystique that allows Paris to become his own. We are transported to a moment that our protagonist has declared to be his ideal time and place, and from here he finds adventure, romance, and a better understanding of the desires that prompt us to want to escape out of ourselves. Even for just a moment.
With an all star cast of very likeable characters, it is escapism at it’s best, and perfectly set in gay Paris!