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Un Baiser s'il vous plaît (Shall We Kiss?) (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 17

Shall We Kiss? combines just enough romance and laughs to make for a charming French take on Woody Allen comedies.

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 5

Shall We Kiss? combines just enough romance and laughs to make for a charming French take on Woody Allen comedies.

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Emmanuel Mouret's romantic comedy Shall We Kiss? begins with two strangers who end up attracted to each other, even though they both are involved in relationships with others. The woman refuses to kiss the man goodnight after a dinner together, explaining that a single kiss can alter a life. This set-up acts as a framing device for the main story, a tale she shares with him about friends who complicate their lives by becoming sexually involved. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Feb 22, 2010

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More quirky than wacky, this winning comedy only hits its romantic high when we return to that framing story, the storyteller who won't casually kiss because she knows, damn well, there's no such thing as a casual 'French' kiss.

June 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Mouret is the cinematic offspring of Woody Allen and Eric Rohmer. From the former he takes the actor-director presenting himself as neurotic but satisfying lover; from the latter he absorbs the pleasure of extended talk. Mouret's talk is enjoyable, but i

June 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com
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This quintessentially French bonbon is both sweet and dry, with just enough complexity to confound the fast-food appetite.

May 14, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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[A] delightful and deeply satisfying French confection.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Impossibly charming and impossibly French, Shall We Kiss? is a comic romance full of rueful musings about fidelity and true love.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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An engaging romantic comedy that's deeper, smarter and more pessimistic than it appears at first glance, a film with shrewd insight into the mysteries of human attraction.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Charming, but too contrived for a great turn on

July 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

The quiet joys of Shall We Kiss? are to be found not only in the observational writing and the pitch-perfect performances but in the way the mood shifts from tantalising foreplay to more serious matters.

June 26, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

The influence of Woody Allen is obvious, but Mouret -- though he overdoes the tics and hesitancies of his nervous lover -- manages to make this combination of humour, sex and pain all his own.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's the kind of total submission to a filmmaker that's usually reserved for edge-of-your-seat thrillers and, in a way, that's what Mouret has made: an expertly suspenseful romance.

June 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

The film goes badly awry, I think. There is something coy and miscalculated about it all. Mouret is quite talented as an actor, but maybe it's time he found another writer.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

This is not your average romantic comedy. Shall We Kiss? simply delights.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

It's a breezy, entertaining little film that ends up being more sophisticated and thoughtful about love than it first appears. Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss, and sometimes it's a lot more.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

[The] polite inquiry [of the title] pretty well sums up the tone of this featherweight ensemble comedy about French people falling in and out of love.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

This is a delicate and naïve piece of French fluff, part love story, part morality tale, part bedroom farce, and all very much in the style of writer-director-actor Emmanuel Mouret, a kind of comatose Woody Allen character.

June 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

The addiction of French cinema to stories of love, lust, betrayal and romance continues unabated in the hands of Emmanuel Mouret, playing unassuming characters on screen in his own films, like this one

June 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A kiss, like this deceptively simple love story, is none A kiss, like this deceptively simple love story, is none too simple at all.

June 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

You cannot talk yourself into passion, nor can you talk yourself out of it. The naive characters in Emmanuel Mouret's chatty romance try anyway.

May 22, 2009
Salt Lake Tribune

Refreshingly, Mouret also shows that marital infidelity is not without serious repercussions.

May 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Shall We Kiss? ...takes place in an obviously fictional world where everyone is sophisticated and beautiful and lives in great apartments ...

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

There's a lot to like about Shall We Kiss? once it really gets going, which is about one-third of the way into the picture.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

Shall We Kiss? is not without charms, but the crux of the characters' quandary is about as monochromatic as the clothes they wear.

May 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Feels like not only a small masterpiece, but like an object lesson for everything that's wrong with the American romantic comedy.

May 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Un Baiser s'il vous plaît (Shall We Kiss?)

Convuluted hijinks as friends decide to take things just a little step furthur to temporarily ease the loneliness of one ... nobody'll get hurt, right? We'll still be friends, right? Wrong. You could pass on this light truffle.
January 3, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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The narrators storyline ruins what the rest of the movie seems geared to accomplish. What few merits this film has unfortunately fall apart by the end. If you feel for the characters at all, you will not by then. One of those movies that the critics seemed to like, and I just don't see why....
April 13, 2011
itsjustme2004

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Dumped and despondent, Nicholas needs to empty his balls, so he turns to his long-time best friend, Judith. But after their first affair, they realize that friends with benefits leads to love. Now committed to one another, they must arrange to lightly let down their other significant others.
While billed as a romantic comedy - and there are certainly bits that attempt to imitate Woody Allen's best in manipulative and situational absurdity - there are only a few laugh-out-loud moments. This stems from the simple fact that these characters are remarkably staid and uninteresting -- or at least portrayed by actors who fail to give them much emotional life and presented by a director who shoots almost the whole film in motionless two-shots; the cinematography almost hearkens back to the early days of film when they thought that because the best seat in a theater was front and center, the camera shouldn't move from that position.
What is more, we need someone - the actors, director, writer, craft service guy - to make a decision about whether Nicolas's original proposition is a crafty manipulation in order to fuck Judith or should we take him at his word that he simply, honestly needs physical affection and his best friend is the most logical choice. Is this a mature but ill-advised request or a clever ploy? A point so instrumental to the plot shouldn't be so mysterious.
When we get to act two, the film's Woody Allen homages come to the fore. Now the couple has to manipulate Judith's husband to falling for another woman. But whereas Allen has a clear point about the monotony of monogamy and the cruelty/desperation (depending on the film) of humans in love, I don't see any such statement here. Rather, it seems like they're attempting to be logical and kind, but how is it that they fail to recognize the clear ethical dilemma in which they find themselves.
Overall, Shall We Kiss is a structural and thematic mess with doses of charm too rare to ignore the film's flaws.
February 5, 2011
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Slight movie - not an awful lot happens, but it is entertaining.... SPOILER...........A woman meets a man and tells him the story of what turns out to be the ex of her boyfriend. Through flashbacks you see what happened to that couple. Kind of a cautionary tale about going where you ought not while in a relationship. Not an especially romantic film despite it's title, but it is cute. I especially enjoyed the scenes with Frederique Bel, is it just me who thinks she looks like a French Sarah Michelle Gellar?!
June 22, 2010
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