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Celibataires

A superficial but watchable look at five friends weighing the single life vs. coupledom, "Celibataires" is one of the weaker entries in the recent spate of Gallic thirtysomething comedies. Faintly ornery characters peg this as a French take on romance and/or lack thereof. Guillaume Depardieu completists will dig his affable, low-key performance.

A superficial but watchable look at five friends weighing the single life vs. coupledom, “Celibataires” (French for “singles”) is one of the weaker entries in the recent spate of Gallic thirtysomething comedies. Faintly ornery characters peg this as a French take on romance and/or lack thereof. Guillaume Depardieu completists will dig his affable, low-key performance.

When Benjamin (Depardieu) unsuccessfully proposes to his alleged g.f., he swallows the ring. Suddenly single, Ben rounds up his old crew, among whom divorced shoe saleswoman Nelly (Olivia Bonamy) is the lone female. The guys are unemployed alcoholic Ludo (Patrick Mille), his roomie, Aissa (Cartouche) — a sweet Muslim who takes arty photos of women’s breasts — and Nathan (Serge Hazanavicius), a dentist chafing after five years of marriage. Ben’s buddies try to cheer him, hoping to lift their own spirits en route. With four guys and a gal, somebody’s bound to get the gal, n’est-ce pas? Indifferently lensed pic delivers a few good lines and enjoyably nasty sight gags but falls far short of memorable in any department, except the ensemble perfs.

Celibataires

France

  • Production: A Bac Films release of a JRT Prods., Reel Diamond Films, EP 745 Prod. production, with the participation of Bac Films, Canal Plus, CineCinema, StudioCanal. (International sales: Family Films, Paris.) Produced by Jeann-Rose Tremski, Stephanie Vannier. Directed, written by Jean-Michel Verner.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Jean-Max Bernard; editor, Jean-Marie Lengelle; production designer, Nikos Meletopoulos; costume designer, Nolwenn Grall. Reviewed at UGC Danton, Paris, March 2, 2006. Running time: 91 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Guillaume Depardieu, Olivia Bonamy, Patrick Mille, Serge Hazanavicius, Cartouche.
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