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Try Me

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.

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.

Try Me

France

  • Production: An ARP Selection release of a Michele and Laurent Petin presentation of an ARP Selection production, with participation of Canal Plus and CineCinema. (International sales: ARP, Paris.) Produced by Michele and Laurent Petin. Directed by Pierre Francois Martin-Laval. Screenplay, Martin-Laval, Isabelle Nanty, Jean-Paul Bathany, Frederic Proust.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Regis Blondeau; editor, Jenny Frenck; music, Pierre Van Dormael; production designer, Franck Schwartz; costume designer, Anne Schotte. Reviewed at UGC Danton, Paris, March 20, 2006. Running time: 88 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Pierre Francois Martin-Laval, Julie Depardieu, Pierre Richard, Kad Merad, Wladimir Yordanoff, Isabelle Nanty, Jules-Angelo Bigarnet, Frederic Proust, Marina Fois.
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