Unfortunately, Tonin’s overworked father, Daniel (de Caunes), a trendy kitchen designer who would have preferred to be a painter, is mighty impressed by his son’s generosity but turns him down flat. Too embarrassed to tell his class the next day, Tonin decides to bluff it out, leading him — and soon his African visitor — from one subterfuge to the next.
Comedy soon descends into farce as Tonin’s parents discover the young African boy, Moussa (Gaspart Jassef), living in a trailer in their garage and, still unwilling hosts, find themselves the object of admiring local TV coverage and delivering anti-racist lectures to local bigots. Through Moussa’s unwanted presence, pic unsubtly reveals the hypocrisy of Tonin’s father and the fault line running through his marriage with Jeanne (Blanc), an overworked insurance agent.
Pic has its amusing moments, but the comedy and underlying message are delivered with little finesse, and the performances of the central characters lack the sparkle needed to carry helmer Jacques Fansten’s plodding script.