Quentin is too far too literal-minded to succeed as a crook. But what he lacks in intellect he makes up for in brute strength. Yet Quentin likes to talk the way most of us like to breath . Ruby on the other hand is the strong silent type who has managed to hide £15 million purloined from his rival before endiing up in a cell with Quentin who mistakes Ruby's silence for good listening skills. A great, completely one-sided friendship is born.
Depardieu plays a very simple role in both senses. So stupidly stupid as to be unbelievable, uninteresting and vaguely annoying. This is possibly intentional but not humorous. Reno's character on the other hand is far more complex. He is supposed to be the bad guy but for me steals the show as the more humorous and believable. This is a comedy trying too hard to be funny. There are some scenes which could have been done a lot better like the drunk driving a crane, the opportunity was lost. Comedy is such a fine line. This is just on the wrong side.
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"SHUT UP" (english translation).
- Shut up! review by AP
Great french comedy, silly yes, but thats what farce is all about. Clear straight forward sub-titles, lots of laughs for the whole family, acting is very good, it's played straight which adds to the comedy. Recommended for comedy fans of the french cinema.