Friday 02 July 2010
They flipped for this romantic comedy in its native France, but I'm not sure it will tweak as many funny bones over here. (They also loved time-travel farce Les Visiteurs, remember).
Romain Duris plays professional seducer Alex, hired by distraught families to break up unsuitable couples, the gimmick being that he's so outrageously adorable to women that the incumbent boyfriend doesn't stand a chance. Hmm. His latest job involves prising super-rich heiress Vanessa Paradis from the embrace of her fiancé (Andrew Lincoln at his drippiest), in the course of which... The obviousness of the twist is offset by some genuine chemistry between the leads, and one scene – a late-night recreation of the Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey pas de deux from Dirty Dancing – is oddly moving. For the most part, though, it's way too broad, and its tacit assumption that the heroine is too stupid to twig she's been played is fairly monstrous. Perhaps you just have to be French.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This is what happens when you tattoo Charmander on yourself, drunk, and with no experience
- 2 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer has leaked – watch
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
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Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'