Sacre bleu… the men behind Oscar-winning film The Artist have made a flop with new project The Players
00:51 GMT, 6 July 2012
THE PLAYERS (18)
Verdict: Won't play outside France
The curse of the Oscar strikes again.
After the success of The Artist, actor Jean Dujardin and director Michel Hazanavicius have pooled their talents with others for this sex comedy, which is really a collection of nine short films about middle-aged Frenchmen committing adultery.
About as far in tone and quality from their charm-filled Oscar-winner as can be imagined, it’s an embarrassing misfire.
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Misfire: Jean Dujardin in his new film The Players falls far short of his last hit movie The Artist
Big hit: Jean Dujardin and director Michel Hazanavicius worked together on the Oscar-winning film The Artist
Most of the sketches star Dujardin (pictured) and Gilles Lellouche, but they are crude and distasteful, not daring and funny.
The strongest segment is Hazanavicius’s La Bonne Conscience, in which Dujardin plays a married man who humiliates himself as he tries to find sexual solace at a dreary business convention.
It’s more sad than amusing, though, as is the best-acted section, La Question, in which Dujardin and his real-life wife, Alexandra Lamy, play a couple accusing each other of infidelity.
French rock music is legendary for its awfulness, and now I’m afraid the same can be said for the country’s attempts to make Judd Apatow-style sex comedy.
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