Qu’est-Ce Qu’On A Fait Au Bon Dieu – *1/2

Posted: July 1, 2014 in 2014, Comedy, France, X1/2

Just weeks after Amour Sur Place Ou A Emporter there’s another multicultural comedy playing in theaters all over French-speaking Europe. It’s again filled with stereotypical clichés and it has again Noom Diawara in its cast. That kid needs to find another part soon or he’ll be burnt forever. This time around he doesn’t really star in the movie, which focuses on a catholic bourgeois couple from Chinon, whose oldest three daughters all married a ‘new’ Frenchmen. One is the spouse of a banker from Chinese descent, the other is married to a lawyer from Algerian descent and the other tied the nod with a Sephardic Jew from Paris. The movie starts at the Brit Milah of their youngest grandchild and the family gets together for the first time in a while. Comments on circumcision, food, religion, looks and being French create a lively/tense atmosphere and their relationship is damaged. But Christmas is coming up and everyone prepares for a quarrel-less reunion to please the parents. After seeing her parents deal so badly with the multicultural choices of her sisters, the youngest daughter feels insecure. She does have a catholic boyfriend, but he’s – you guessed it – black.

First and foremost this is a simple comedy filled with easy jokes that can both please children and their grandparents. It’s so lame that they even explain the most obvious jokes, which of course totally ruins it for the smarter part of the audience. Example: the parents have to bury the foreskin of their grandchild. After having dug a hole in their garden, they drop the small box with the prepuce. Next image is the house dog. Funny. But then they film the dog eating the foreskin and have the parents say ‘oh my got, the dog ate the foreskin’. Honestly, the makers must have bought ‘Killing A Joke For Dummies’.

It’s also the perfect movie for the moderate racists who don’t think they are. The sons-in-law are incredibly well ‘integrated’. They get up and sing the national anthem for about a minute and a half, louder and louder. Of course, the French audience will love this movie and these characters. They are just French. But the fourth son-in-law isn’t. His family lives in Ivory Coast and are depicted as really different. The jokes about the African family aren’t lame, but embarrassing and inconsistent.

However, all in all. It’s pretty harmless. And at times pretty funny. Stereotypical thinking is a natural part of society. We may as well just laugh about it.

www.imdb.com/title/tt2800240

 

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Comments
  1. […] like it the first time around, got even more annoyed by the simplistic humor and bad acting this time […]

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