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Players/ Les Infideles

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  Players/ Les Infideles Review
Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
5.44 /10
Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Guillaume Canet
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Directed by: Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavaye, Alexandre Courtes, Michel Hazanavicius, Eric Lartigau
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Released: 2011
Origin: France
Colour: C
Length: 109

Wonít play outside France.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The curse of Oscar strikes again. After the success of The Artist, actor Jean Dujardin (pictured) 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, itís an embarrassing misfire.

Most of the sketches star Dujardin and Gilles Lelouche, but they are crude and distasteful, not daring and funny. The strongest segment is Hazanaviciusí 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. Itís 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 Iím afraid the same can be said for their attempts to make Judd Apatow-style sex comedy.

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