Not only am I an Anglophile, but I also have been known to be a Francophile, as well. In anticipation of my second trip to Paris, I have been re-learning all of that French I studied in college and attempting to put it to good use while watching French cinema. This is hardly a chore, though, as I generally love French movies, especially those starring Audrey Tatou.
So I was surfing through Netflix a few days ago, looking for a movie I might enjoy. I noticed a film called I Do (otherwise known by it’s REAL title of Prête-moi ta main), a romantic French comedy which seemed to have promise. Audrey Tatou is not in it, unfortunately, but it sounded promising enough for me to check it out.
Prête-moi ta main is a movie about a 43-year-old terminal bachelor who never wants to get married. But, unfortunately for him, he lives with his mother and five sisters who insist that he grow up and tie the knot. To shut them up, he hires his best friend’s sister to portray the perfect woman, and then leave him stranded at the altar so that he may feign depression and never have to be subjected to talk of marriage again.
As in any romantic comedy, the whole plan backfires. Without giving any of the plot away, the film comes to a satisfying conclusion with a happy ending that isn’t quite as sappy as a typical American romantic comedy.
My first thought of Alain Chabat, is that he reminded me of Vince Vaughn. And this movie is similar to those comedies that Vaughn has made. I especially liked the cursing parrot. Thanks to that bird, I now know a few new words in French that my college professor hadn’t taught me.
The movie was hysterical and I caught myself laughing out loud at times. I’m also left wondering how long an English or American remake will be in the works. I definitely think that with the right actors, this story would work well with English-speaking audiences.
So if you want to expand your horizons and see what’s funny on the other side of the pond, in another language, I recommend this Prête-moi ta main. The comedy is universal enough so that no translation is needed.