La Chèvre (The Goat) (Knock on Wood)

1981

La Chèvre (The Goat) (Knock on Wood)

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One the best, most serious detectives in France (Gérard Depardieu) is teamed up with a luckless stumble-bum (Pierre Richard) and sent off to Central America to search for the klutzy daughter of a powerful magnate in this fast-paced and funny French farce.

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  • Apr 17, 2012
    You know it's absolutely amazing how much Luke and Owen Wilson resemble, in their current states, Gerard Depardieu in this movie. Luke has the large face and Owen has the nose and the hair...almost makes you think about their parentage...Anyway, this movie didn't really do a lot for me quite frankly, I found it only sporadically funny and everything else between the funny scenes was completely dull and boring. It's kind of a shame, because Pierre Richard had some great facials and his chemistry with Gerard Depardieu is decent enough where you'd think the movie would be better than it is, but it's not and I blame the writing for this. It's just not that well-written and completely relies on the actors, the problem is they're not great together, only decent as mentioned. I mean when the most interesting thing about the movie is how much Owen and Luke Wilson look like Gerard Depardieu here, then you know you're fucked.
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  • Oct 08, 2007
    <DIV ALIGN=center><B>LA CHÈVRE (1981) directed by Françis Veber starring Pierre Richard, Gérad Depardieu, Corynne Charbit</B></DIV><P><DIV ALIGN=justify>Do you remember <I>Pure Luck</I> starring Martin Short and Danny Glover ? Well if you do, its a remake of <I>La chèvre</I> but if you dont, well, heres the plot. After his very unlucky-slash-clumsy daughter, a rich man hires a private detective and a man who suffers the same lack of luck with the same clumsiness as her to find her trace.<P>Françis Veber is a playwright. He always has the same kinda premise with the same type of characters with only a few changes. Its always a dummy with either a strong dude or an intellectual. Here, its a strond dude, played by Gérard Depardieu, who was mostly known as a serious actor back then. Pierre Richard, a famous French comedian, is the dummy, but of course he doesnt know. The clumsiness of his character will take them from one place to another and all coincidences will put them on the right path, which is always disbelived by Depardieu's character as a «magic trick» of destiny.<P>The humor here is quite easy. One simply joke after another. Its not great but its somehow effective. <I>La chèvre</I> seems a bit dated and the jokes arent well-punched. Basically it didnt age well enough to still be as hilarious as it was once considered.<P>Richard and Depardieu are pretty much flawless with their roles, which makes the film, at least, still effective today.<P>Its not a very clever film, but its kinda well-crafted, even if its easy to make. It works, its all that counts. If you want to see a real good Veber film, I suggest you see <I>Le dîner de con</I> also known as <I>The dinner game</I>.<P>P.S. <I>La chèvre</I> means «the goat» but there are no goat in the film and it must simply refer to a French expression that I dont know, even if Im French-Canadian.</DIV>
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