Change of Plans (Le Code a ChangÃ©) (2010)
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as Marie-Laurence 'ML' Claverne
as MÃ©lanie Carcassonne
as Sarah Mattei
as Le docteur Alain Carcassonne
as Lucas Mattei
as Jean-Louis Mauzard
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Critic Reviews for Change of Plans (Le Code a ChangÃ©)
A tasty French romantic comedy diversion with just a touch of seriousness thrown into the mix.
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 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.
Refuses to take anything too seriously, staking out a middle ground between melodrama and farce.
Audience Reviews for Change of Plans (Le Code a ChangÃ©)
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.
This movie starts with a bunch of unhappy people going to a dinner where most of them don't feel like attending. Very soon you realize they are not only unhappy but also cheating on each other or completely consumed by anger or both. Anyway, it is worth watching. By the way, it is a comedy.