Auteuil) is a dull guy/accountant about to
be fired. A new gay neighbor persuades him to take part in a scheme
to keep his job - he is to pretend that he is gay.
are manipulated with François slapping a bare botty.
They are sent into work. He is not fired, in fact he is promoted
in the ensuing hilarity...
playing nonpolitically correct brute Félix Santini (Gérard
Depardieu) is told (as a joke) by his colleagues that he must reform
his ways. Félix
is told to befriend recently outed but not gay François.
Félix is told his job is on the line and management don't
like nonpolitically correct employees. Félix
gives it his best shot, but, when he buys a pink jumper as a birthday
present for François, his wife sees the store receipt and
demands an explanation. She leaves him after following him to François's
door with a bag of chocolates (François
has been beaten up in a homophobic attack from two rugby players
has a nervous breakdown (just after he has asked François
to live with him). François becomes a hero when he
agrees to sit on the company's float in a gay carnival (he works
for a condom manufacturer). François'
son, who previously thought he was too dull, sees it and befriends
him. Even his divorced wife wants to meet to have lunch with him.
A female colleague at work sees through the charade and has an affair
with him. Everything ends happily ever after.
light hearted European farce on political correctness. Auteuil and
are perfectly cast."
plays the dumb homophobic comic lump to great effect. Bravo!"
moment the boss puts the condom hat on François is simply
the funniest thing I have seen all year. The next time I put on
a condom I was inconsolable with mirth for hours afterwards, I haven't
had safe sex for over six months."
am gay and so is my wife. We ate marshmallows while we watched.
I have never choked so much in all of my life. A triumph of comedic
of the most uncomfortable dinners in movie history. Depardieu serves
up a comedy delight on each plate!"
(just after receiving the gay photos in the mail): "I always
knew it! It's the way he looks at you! Like a pigeon!" Chief
Accountant: "Are all pigeons gay?"
call you gay because you hate gays. Hang out with one to prove you
are not gay!"
to Chief Accountant, offering consolation after Pignon has accused
her of sexual harassment: "Tons of men in this establishment
would love to be harassed by you!"
is quite a shock to see that this movie is certificated as an R
in the USA, and a 15 in the UK, when in Europe it is rated lowly:
according to IMBD.com, in France this movie was given a U, Spain
a 7. There is a brief, funny, moment in which we see sex on a production
line, but there's no machine gun based murder anywhere...
truly hilarious, well directioned, satire on political correctness.
laughs are all pretty much slapstick in nature. This movie is a
delight from start to finish and there are few down moments, despite
a gay bash and office based politics.
sun shines throughout. Truly entertaining. This is a feel good French