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My Worst Nightmare (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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She lives with her son and her husband in a well-to-do apartment opposite the chic Luxembourg gardens... He lives alone with his son in the back of a van. She is the director of a prestigious contemporary art foundation... He lives off odd jobs and social security benefits. She graduated after 7 years at university... He almost spent 7 years behind bars. She is on familiar terms with the Ministry of Culture and Arts... He is on familiar terms with each and every alcoholic beverage that happens

Feb 14, 2013

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Isabelle Huppert may be approaching self-parody as an icon of Gallic frigidity, yet the talented writer-director Anne Fontaine puts that to excellent use in this broad, obvious, but consistently funny bedroom farce.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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"My Worst Nightmare," though predictable, moves along nicely enough for most of its 99 minutes, thanks to an offbeat chemistry between Huppert (who's very good at looking appalled) and the very relaxed Poelvoorde.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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[Huppert] can't get laughs where there are none, and she can't buy a laugh in the movie's second half.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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"My Worst Nightmare" isn't great, but it isn't apologizing for anything, either. Plus, I laughed out loud at least three times.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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No one loves a broad comedy like the French, but Gallic touches of restraint tend to keep such light entertainment pleasing rather than blundering.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Its tepid satire of art world pretensions culminates with a visual dirty joke that is mildly amusing but still not worth the wait.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The terrific leads dig into their clichéd roles and come up with characters to savor, and a relationship to root for.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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The hilarity of the film creeps up slowly and from every angle, not through the facile immediacy of short-lived laughter.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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...a terminally uneven piece of work that will leave most viewers flummoxed and frustrated.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for My Worst Nightmare

Blunt welfare case meets Parisian upper class. Sound familiar? My Worst Nightmare, at first glance, appears like plagiarism of the international smash hit The Intouchables. A true enough thing to deduce, if it didn't in fact see its first light (or rather to say theatre murk) a couple of months before its acclaimed sibling.

Comparisons are nonetheless inevitable, when garrulous handyman Patrick insinuates himself into the daily life of art gallery director Agathe and her husband, by reason of their teenage son being best friends with Patrick's equal-aged boy. Rich meets poor, class-distinctions are to be overcome - aye, you can probably figure out the rest.

More essential in the narrative is Patrick's struggle in retaining custody of his son. Via renovation jobs at Agathe's and her family, he gets the opportunity he's been looking for. Rather wooden and babbly for the most part, even if things shape up towards the end. Whenever alcohol enters the picture, however, it just turns to tragedy and bizarreness. Not least when Agathe's husband starts two-timing with a girl who is young enough to be his granddaughter.

What impressions does one take with you then from such a platitude of a film? That "sugar-daddering" is acceptable behavior and unfaithfulness can be taken with a shrug? From a strictly moral perspective, it's difficult not to be put off. All due respect to love beyond age and boundaries, but I'm sure it can be portrayed with more dignity than this.

There's drilling, hammering, clobbering - yes, even a momentary visit at IKEA. But it's not Agathe's apartment that needs a make-over, but a script whose class-conscious themes have been covered countless times before and countless times better. A success in France, granted, but the average Joe will probably require a more mellow piece of entertainment to keep warm with in the chills of autumn.

Oh well, c'est la vie.
October 27, 2012
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Mike S

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With an upcoming gallery opening, Agathe(Isabelle Huppert) finds her plate full. Then there is a school meeting about standardized testing which is hijacked by Patrick(Benoit Poelvoorde), a laborer, who is more interested in school lunches. What Agathe is also interested in is the continuing renovations in the apartment she shares with her longtime significant other Francois(Andre Dussollier), a publisher, which is where Patrick reenters the picture.

To its credit, "My Worst Nightmare" does not exactly have a nightmarish scenario. In fact, it has an archetypical set-up for romantic comedy in its pairing of opposites who initially misunderstand each other. But then director Anne Fontaine's aesthetic is prickly, not exactly conducive to this sort of thing. Even worse is the fact that she does not understand Isabelle Huppert who instead of playing the monster that was expected turns it around to find the humanity in Agathe while making it look so very effortless. That ironically undermines Francois' mortal fear of Agathe and a good deal of the comedy, even as Andre Dussollier is very funny here.
June 11, 2014
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