A swiftly-paced lighter-than-air souffle about being true to one’s own inner child — even if it makes for a goofy adulthood — “Try Me” is a sweet romantic comedy suitable for youngsters on up. Sight gags are genuinely funny and the pic’s silly, hermetic universe is always convincing.
When both were 9, Yves-Marie proposed to Jacqueline. She promised to marry him only if he explored the cosmos. In the 24 years since then, Yves-Marie (director-coscripter Pierre Francois Martin-Laval) has distinguished himself as an astronaut and is back to collect on that promise. Unfortunately, Jacqueline (Julie Depardieu) completely forgot — and is engaged to be married to Vincent (Kad Merad) in two weeks. Yves-Marie insists she “try him” for 24 hours. Vincent encourages Jacqueline to give her childishly non-threatening suitor a whirl so he can sneak off on one last hunting trip before marrying his vegetarian bride. With Yves-Marie’s eccentric dad (Pierre Richard) never far away, everything that can go wrong does, but always in a playful, amusing manner. Debuting helmer Martin-Laval exudes an infectious boyish charm as Yves-Marie.