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|LES COMPERES (aka: CO-DADS) (director/writer: Francis Veber; screenwriter: story by Francis Veber; cinematographer: Claude Agostini; editor: Marie Sophie Dubus; music: Vladimir Cosma; cast: Anny Duperey (Christine Martin), Pierre Richard (François Pignon), Gerard Depardieu (Jean Lucas), Michel Aumont (Paul Martin), Stephane Bierry (Tristan Martin), Roland Blanche (Jeannot); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jean-Claude Bourlat; Kino Video; 1983-France-in French with English titles)|
|"Mildly amusing French farce."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Francis Veber ("The Closet"/"A Pain in the Ass"/"The Valet") directs this mildly amusing French farce that's based on his story.
Parisian Christine (Anny Duperey) is a desperate mother
eager to locate her runaway
teenager son Tristan (Stephane
Bierry), who ran away with his
girlfriend to Nice. Mom and her hubby Paul (Michel Aumont) locate the girlfriend's unfriendly
father, who runs a seedy hotel but he refuses to be forthcoming. As a
last resort Christine tells
two of her ex-lovers--tough-guy journalist Jean Lucas (Gerard
Depardieu) and the neurotic François
Pignon (Pierre Richard)--that
each may be the boy's true
father, and gets them to look for her son. The men eventually team up in Nice, not
realizing they are after the same boy. There's also a subplot of Mafia
hitmen after the journalist because of a story he wrote about them.
Mostly entertaining when the comedy is
slapstick, but the pic deteriorates when the source of comedy turns
REVIEWED ON 7/13/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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