Disco

Those wondering whether that magical '70s art form is finally dead will have their suspicions confirmed by "Disco," a new comedy by writer-helmer Fabien Onteniente and stand-up star Franck Dubosc, the team behind 2006 hit "Camping."

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With: Franck Dubosc, Emmanuelle Beart, Gerard Depardieu, Samuel Le Bihan, Abbes Zahmani, Annie Cordy, Isabelle Nanty, Chloe Lambert, Jacques Sereys, Daniele Lebrun, Annie Cordy, Christine Citti, Francois-Xavier Demaison.

Those wondering whether that magical ’70s art form is finally dead will have their suspicions confirmed by “Disco,” a new comedy by writer-helmer Fabien Onteniente and stand-up star Franck Dubosc, the team behind 2006 hit “Camping.” Tale of three fortysomething losers who relive “Saturday Night Fever” proves some concepts, like yesteryear’s bell-bottoms, are best left in mothballs. Still, heavy promotion has packed theaters during the film’s first week in France, and local ancillary should sparkle. Offshore, pic isn’t really camp enough (and too determinedly hetero) to click with gay auds.

Filmmakers milk all the laughs they can out of white-trash Le Havre man Didier Travolta (Dubosc) who, in hopes of taking his estranged son to Australia, resurrects his group, the Bee Kings, to compete in a disco contest at the legendary Gin Fizz club. Amid all the clever wordplay are several glitzy dance numbers that would be much funnier if the actors didn’t try so hard to be taken seriously. Glossy lensing and a spirited perf by Emmanuelle Beart (as Didier’s love interest) hardly offset the embarrassing sight of Gerard Depardieu hustling across the dance floor with a fake afro.

Disco

France

Production: A Studio Canal release of an LGM Cinema, Studio Canal, TF1 Films Prods., Joinville Prods. production, in association with Motion Investment Group, with participation of Canal Plus, CineCinema. (International sales: Studio Canal, Paris.) Produced by Cyril Colbeau-Justin, Jean-Baptiste Dupont. Directed by Fabien Onteniente. Screenplay, Onteniente, Philippe Guillard, Franck Dubosc, Emmanuel Booz.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Jean-Marie Dreujou; editors, Nathalie Langlade, Laurent Rouan, Sarah Ternat; music, Michel Legrand; production designer, Jean-Marc Kerdelhue; costume designer, Pierre-Yves Gayraud. Reviewed at UGC Cine Cite Les Halles 6, Paris, April 6, 2008. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: With: Franck Dubosc, Emmanuelle Beart, Gerard Depardieu, Samuel Le Bihan, Abbes Zahmani, Annie Cordy, Isabelle Nanty, Chloe Lambert, Jacques Sereys, Daniele Lebrun, Annie Cordy, Christine Citti, Francois-Xavier Demaison.

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