Change of Plans (Le Code a Changé) (2010)
CHANGE OF PLANS (LE CODE A CHANGÉ), is a delicious comedy of manners from acclaimed Oscar- and César-nominated writer/director Danièle Thompson (COUSIN COUSINE, LA BÛCHE, JET LAG, AVENUE MONTAIGNE). The film centers around a summer dinner party where ten acquaintances, each attempting to mask their own personal troubles, come together for an evening of food, wine and friendship. It's not long before the couples begin revealing their dissatisfaction with their partners and it becomes obvious that they are planning or having affairs. The all-star ensemble cast includes Dany Boon (MICMACS), Emanuelle Seigner (THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY), Karin Viard (PARIS), and Marina Hands (LADY CHATTERLEY). -- (C) IFC … More
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Critic Reviews for Change of Plans (Le Code a Changé)
Supported by mild jokes and concluding with a trough of trivial narrative closures, 'Change of Plans' not only fails to offer anything original (Oh, Voltaire), the direction is noticeable for its incompetence
A tasty French romantic comedy diversion with just a touch of seriousness thrown into the mix.
Una comedia agridulce más bien previsible, intrascendente, para nada memorable, aunque no exenta de cierto encanto inocente.
In sum, it's a good, not great, movie of a type I like but that most people don't.
There's nothing even a little bit original about any of this, but in a way that's the point.
...the light cinematic menu served here offers little more than a confusing pot au feu of guests and their problems.
The next time you're invited to a French dinner party, you might want to give it a pass, if the tedious proceedings in Change of Plans are any indication.
Confirmed Francophiles, lovers of upscale humor and those with European leanings will be completely seduced.
Refuses to take anything too seriously, staking out a middle ground between melodrama and farce.
The acting by Seigner, Marina Hands, Karin Viard, Patrick Bruel and other French notables is first-rate, although their characters and what they have to say are trite.
A French film about the messy and perplexing dimensions of mid-life crises and the different ways people deal with them.
In almost every ... way, Change Of Plans is smart about the transformative pace of modern life.
Middling, middle-class entertainment aimed at the midpoint between comedy and drama, mass appeal and sophistication, Change of Plans is eager to please and easy to dismiss.
Even the film's galaxy of stars can't keep this black hole of c'est la vie soap-operatics from collapsing upon itself.
Audience Reviews for Change of Plans (Le Code a Changé)
In "Change of Plans," Marie-Laurence(Karin Viard) and her unemployed husband Piotr(Dany Boon) are hosting a dinner party. But Melanie(Marina Fois) calls to say she cannot make it, putting both her patient(Isaballe Cagnat) and Marie-Laurence in an awkward position. So, she invites her flamenco teacher Manuela(Blanca Li) instead. All Melanie wants to do, she thinks, is spend a quiet evening with her husband Alain(Patrick Bruel), an oncologist, but reconsiders, a lot. Sarah(Emmanuelle Seigner) has second thoughts about her dress. Marie-Laurence wishes Jean-Louis(Laurent Stocker) would not come while her sister Juliette(Marina Hands) wishes she had not when she hears her very, very estranged father is set to put in an appearance, leaving her friend Erwann(Patrick Chesnais) only able to talk about the weather.
What's most notable about "Change of Plans" is its structure. After the dinner party gets off to a successful start, the movie jumps ahead a year exactly to show how the characters have done, better or worse, in the intervening year while revealing more details about some of the relationships.(If this sounds familiar, then you can credit, blame, and/or curse "Lost.") Otherwise, there is not that much else to distinguish this film except for the setting of the street music festival in Paris(why you would drive then is beyond me), a dancing scene and Melanie's prayers which speak volumes about how the only honesty in modern society occurs behind everybody's back.
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