Critic Review - The Atlantic

It's hard to muster much enthusiasm for a movie that leans so heavily on regressive culture-clash shtick and unimaginative stereotypes.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (21)
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Guy Dadsman

Guy Dadsman

And somehow this is on the IMDb top 250

Mar 21 - 06:00 AM

jonnybon

Jonny Holbek

That would be because it's a great comedy.

Mar 24 - 08:56 AM

James S.

James Sig

That would be because it's a great comedy.

Mar 24 - 09:01 AM

Poe Chan

Poe Chan

"regressive culture-clash shtick and unimaginative stereotypes" ... what the f*ck does that even mean? What clash? Seriously. What clash? We were spared the obligatory clash, and the obligatory falling out, and the obligatory make-up. Cluzet's subtle and low key performance was a stereotype? The review was a stereotype with a cut and paste pithy phrase.

Mar 22 - 08:09 PM

Titus B.

Titus Beertsen

Even though CLuzet's performance was good, the writing wasn't; I think that's what the reviewer meant. The stereotypical high class 'boring' classical music lover Cluzet versus the 'black music-loving', marijuana smoking-loose ways of Sy.

Mar 23 - 06:31 PM

Poe Chan

Poe Chan

I get what you are saying, but while Cluzet's character was rich, and he did like classical music -- do we stop right there at the cliche stop sign. He was a hang-gliding romantic that wanted Sy's character to take the job right off the bat for good reason -- no pity. His mistake was in thinking Sy was unable to feel empathy. I thought that was a very interesting and subtle comment on bigotry (as much as we like Cluzet's character there it was lurking).

When I noticed that I was not going to be forced to watch the two characters grudgingly evolve into a friendship -- I thought 'ok, this is better'. The deal with the cliche/stereotype criticism these days is that we often paint ourselves into a corner. What's the alternative here? A French Dudley Moore? But of course they are going to have the "falling out" -- didn't happen -- thank the writer for not giving us that plot cliche.

The dialogue and the rapport between the two characters made the movie for me. Since I was smiling just about every time they were together. These days, for me anyway, is the feeling that oh, we have a black character. We can't have him like Earth Wind and Fire -- we will have him like Bach instead. That will break the mold. Now that is actually becoming the cliche. Here is a question: With this kind of criteria how about Driving Miss Daisy? How about 48 Hours?

Mar 23 - 08:43 PM

Carson Daves

Carson Daves

Agreed with the cliched stereotypes thing. It does get repetitive after a while. But overall I enjoyed it. And that redhead was smoking hot! Jesus!

Mar 30 - 05:50 PM

Bryan Kanthack

Bryan Kanthack

Missed the big picture here. All I have to say.

Apr 1 - 03:55 PM

Joao Fezas Vital

Joao Fezas Vital

that's probably because it ain't one, but you could at least say you didn't miss a great life story and that you laughed as fuck too but that's ok haters gonna hate

Apr 8 - 09:56 PM

Daniel Morawitz

Daniel Morawitz

I will kill you son of a bitch

Apr 2 - 02:15 AM

Filipe Bacalhau

Filipe Bacalhau

Come on! A cliché? If it was a movie about vampires that would be a fantastic movie and obviously not a cliché... I´m not a expert but I think it´s a great movie. I think you didn´t understood the meaning of the movie because this movie is not about a black guy who cares a rich white man (the important of this movie is not the color of the skin of teh actors). It is about frienship.

Another thing, you wrote in the full review: "The Intouchables may be a crowdpleaser in some circles, but it's easily the most skip-able of this spring's crop of foreign films." Before I saw this movie I said that frech movies are bad so this one won´t be diferent. I was wrong...and we must start thinking that not only american movies are good (some of them...).



Apr 5 - 06:42 PM

Filipe Bacalhau

Filipe Bacalhau

Come on! A cliche? If it was a movie about vampires that would be a fantastic movie and obviously not a cliche... I?´m not a expert but I think it´s a great movie. I think you didn?´t understood the meaning of the movie because this movie is not about a black guy who cares a rich white man (the important of this movie is not the color of the skin of teh actors). It is about frienship.

Another thing, you wrote in the full review: "The Intouchables may be a crowdpleaser in some circles, but it´s easily the most skip-able of this spring's crop of foreign films." Before I saw this movie I said that french movies are bad so this one won´t be diferent. I was wrong...and we must start thinking that not only american movies are good (some of them...).

Apr 5 - 06:44 PM

Filipe Bacalhau

Filipe Bacalhau

Come on! A cliche? If it was a movie about vampires that would be a fantastic movie and obviously not a cliche... I am not a expert but I think it is a great movie. I think you did not understood the meaning of the movie because this movie is not about a black guy who cares a rich white man (the important of this movie is not the color of the skin of teh actors). It is about frienship.

Another thing, you wrote in the full review: "The Intouchables may be a crowdpleaser in some circles, but it's easily the most skip-able of this spring's crop of foreign films." Before I saw this movie I said that frech movies are bad so this one won´t be diferent. I was wrong...and we must start thinking that not only american movies are good (some of them...).

Apr 5 - 06:45 PM

Filipe Bacalhau

Filipe Bacalhau

Come on! A cliche? If it was a movie about vampires that would be a fantastic movie and obviously not a cliche... I am not a expert but I think it is a great movie. I think you didn?´t understood the meaning of the movie because this movie is not about a black guy who cares a rich white man (the important of this movie is not the color of the skin of te actors). It is about friendship.

Another thing, you wrote in the full review: "The Intouchables may be a crowdpleaser in some circles, but it's easily the most skip-able of this spring's crop of foreign films." Before I saw this movie I said that french movies are bad so this one won?´t be diferent. I was wrong...and we must start thinking that not only american movies are good (some of them...).

Apr 5 - 06:47 PM

Alex Aston

Alex Aston

Well judging from the rating on imdb and the international acclaim this film has generated across Europe i pretty much think that the movie will have a high rating overall, despite what this guy says.

Apr 6 - 11:49 PM

Jasper Janssen

Jasper Janssen

I think this critic never watched the actual movie.

Quote from the whole review:

"But it's hard to muster much enthusiasm for a movie that leans so heavily on regressive culture-clash shtick and unimaginative stereotypes (a soulful black guy from the ghetto, who laughs all the time but knows nothing of the finer things, helps an uptight, disabled, filthy-rich white guy learn to love life and hip-hop), and "

There is no hip hop in the entire film. I think this reviewer watched the trailer and got hung up on the black/getto culture vs white elitist culture that he forgets the whole point of the movie. The point is. The guy is handicapped and almost incapable of feeling anything and instead of taking pity on him or feeling bad for him Omar Sy makes jokes about it. It is more a story about mind vs body. The reviewer has seemed to missed that whole point ergo I doubt he even watched the film.

Apr 7 - 04:00 AM

Joao Fezas Vital

Joao Fezas Vital

cliche? is your mind that poor? all you could take out of this one was that there was a rich man who loves classical music and a black poor guy that smokes pot and they become friends? I mean, if it wasn't for you I couldn't almost remember that on the picture..

Apr 8 - 09:58 PM

Maciej Burman

Maciej Burman

totally awesome moovie

NOT FOR ILL RASISM POINT OF VIEW

Apr 24 - 02:33 AM

Francisco Jos Ortega lvarez

Francisco Jos Ortega lvarez

No tienes ni idea de lo que dices ! ... Eres un fantoche .

May 3 - 04:53 PM

Alexander Bergsma

Alexander Bergsma

you sir are an awful critic.

May 4 - 07:24 PM

Alex Rajcevic

Alex Rajcevic

What culture clash? Both of the main characters in this movie are fucked and they learn from each other thruout there journey together.

Both are equal and come out as better people by the end.

This review is horrible and shows a lack of even understanding what this movie was about.

I dont believe the reviewer even saw this movie

May 7 - 11:59 AM

Eva P.

Eva Pivač

Dude, you completely missed the point of the movie!

May 8 - 12:57 PM

Thierry Nawar

Thierry Nawar

Comments like this one are the reason that Americans will never enjoy a good movie.

May 8 - 07:26 PM

Nausika Van Lierop

Nausika Van Lierop

I must say that you make a big mistake here :/

May 21 - 05:23 AM

Alex Herd

Alex Herd

This movie is based on a real story therefore your "stereotypes" happen to be actual people

May 22 - 04:06 PM

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