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The Tuche Family

A lottery win allows a clan of unemployed, not particularly refined French yokels to move from the litter-strewn sticks to uber-chic Monaco in Gallic laffer "The Tuche Family."

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With: Jean-Paul Rouve, Isabelle Nanty, Claire Nadeau, Theo Fernandez, Sarah Stern, Pierre Lottin, Fadila Belkebla, David Kammenos, Sami Outalbali, Karina Testa, Philippe Lefebvre, Guy Lecluyse, Hugo Brunswick, Kad Merad.

A lottery win allows a clan of unemployed, not particularly refined French yokels to move from the litter-strewn sticks to uber-chic Monaco in Gallic laffer “The Tuche Family.” Latest mainstream success from helmer Olivier Baroux (“The Italian,” “Safari”) again marries an unoriginal conceit and assembly-line gags with shiny production values, broad-brushstroke storytelling and easily recognizable sentiments. Fittingly for a film that includes a protag obsessed with the Monegasque Princely Family, pic went out in France July 1, the day of Prince Albert’s wedding. Though it sold 1.4 million tickets locally, offshore chances look less rosy.

The proudly plebeian Tuches — the surname’s a pun on “tous,” as in everyone or Everyman — are headed by frizzy-haired, happily jobless paterfamilias Jeff (Jean-Paul Rouve) and his Rubenesque wife, Cathy (Isabelle Nanty), who idolizes Princess Stephanie and everything Monaco. When they win €100 million, they move from their provincial backwater to the principality, where their lack of style and manners is as conspicuous as their newfound fortune. Sitcomish situations are mostly predictable, with the solid ensemble working overtime to ensure laughs keep coming. French Riviera locations sub decently for Monaco.

The Tuche Family

France

Production: A Pathe Distribution release of a Pathe, Eskwad production, in association with Serenity Films, TF1 Films Prod., with the participation of Canal Plus, Cinecinema, TF1. (International sales: Pathe Intl., Paris.) Produced by Richard Grandpierre. Directed by Olivier Baroux. Screenplay, Philippe Mechelen, Chantal Lauby, Baroux, based on a screenplay by Mechelen.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Arnaud Stefani; editors, Richard Marizy, Florent Vassault; production designer, Perrine Barre; costume designer, Sandra Gutierrez. Reviewed at Cine Cite Bercy, Paris, July 28, 2011. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: With: Jean-Paul Rouve, Isabelle Nanty, Claire Nadeau, Theo Fernandez, Sarah Stern, Pierre Lottin, Fadila Belkebla, David Kammenos, Sami Outalbali, Karina Testa, Philippe Lefebvre, Guy Lecluyse, Hugo Brunswick, Kad Merad.

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