Change of Plans (Le Code a Changé) (2010)


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CHANGE OF PLANS (LE CODE A CHANGÉ), is a delicious comedy of manners from acclaimed Oscar- and César-nominated writer/director Danièle Thompson (COUSIN COUSINE, LA BÛCHE, JET LAG, AVENUE MONTAIGNE). The film centers around a summer dinner party where ten acquaintances, each attempting to mask their own personal troubles, come together for an evening of food, wine and friendship. It's not long before the couples begin revealing their dissatisfaction with their partners and it becomes obvious that they are planning or having affairs. The all-star ensemble cast includes Dany Boon (MICMACS), Emanuelle Seigner (THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY), Karin Viard (PARIS), and Marina Hands (LADY CHATTERLEY). -- (C) IFC

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Karin Viard
as Marie-Laurence 'ML' Claverne
Dany Boon
as Piotr
Marina Foïs
as Mélanie Carcassonne
Emmanuelle Seigner
as Sarah Mattei
Patrick Bruel
as Le docteur Alain Carcassonne
Marina Hands
as Juliette
Blanca Li
as Manuela
Laurent Stocker
as Jean-Louis Mauzard
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Critic Reviews for Change of Plans (Le Code a Changé)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

A tasty French romantic comedy diversion with just a touch of seriousness thrown into the mix.

Oct 28, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

In sum, it's a good, not great, movie of a type I like but that most people don't.

Sep 10, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's nothing even a little bit original about any of this, but in a way that's the point.

Sep 1, 2010

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.

Aug 31, 2010 | Full Review…

Refuses to take anything too seriously, staking out a middle ground between melodrama and farce.

Aug 27, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5

The acting by Seigner, Marina Hands, Karin Viard, Patrick Bruel and other French notables is first-rate, although their characters and what they have to say are trite.

Aug 27, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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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.

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