My Wife Is an Actress (2002)



Critic Consensus: My Wife is an Actress is a delightful, snappy romantic comedy.

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Paris can boast a population of 2,125,246. Of these 1,153,000 are women and 10,000 are actresses. Yvan, a young sports writer, is married to one who is very well known - Charlotte. They try to live a normal life, but her fame makes it difficult - autograph hunters interrupt their dinners, cops about to serve traffic summonses let them off with a warning and a smile when they recognize her, and impossible-to-get restaurant reservations magically appear when Charlotte makes the calls instead of Yvan. All this threatens and challenges his male ego, but Yvan is able to take her stardom in stride. Until, that is, a man at a bar asks him if he gets jealous watching his wife make love in the nude to another man on screen. It has never seriously bothered him before, but the stranger sows the first seed of doubt in his head...
R (for language and nudity/sexuality)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Yvan Attal
as Yvan
Noémie Lvovsky
as Nathalie
Laurent Bateau
as Vincent
Ludivine Sagnier
as Geraldine
Keith Allen
as David
Jo McInnes
as David's Assistant
Annette Hazanavicius
as Yvan's Mother
Jean Abelanski
as Yvan's Father
Jean Rachid
as Blaise
Cecile Guignet
as Lisette
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Critic Reviews for My Wife Is an Actress

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (24)

Attal pushes too hard to make this a comedy or serious drama. He seems to want both, but succeeds in making neither.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

I found it slow, predictable and not very amusing.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

My Wife Is an Actress is an utterly charming French comedy that feels so American in sensibility and style it's virtually its own Hollywood remake.

September 20, 2002
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The film's as witty as any subtitled movie has a right to be.

August 22, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's Othello Lite -- minus that bit at the end about murder-suicide, but with every ounce of Shakespeare's insane emotion.

Full Review… | August 16, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Little more than a frothy vanity project.

August 16, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for My Wife Is an Actress

The marriage between a successful actress and a sportswriter suffers as a result of jealousy, distance, and the nature of her profession. After watching this film, you shouldn't wonder why relationships in Hollywood last as long as milk on a hot day. Yvan Attal's deft, comic story-telling renders all the awkwardness a man might feel while watching his wife naked on screen. And the scene in which he surprises her on set only to find the entire cast and crew naked is truly hilarious. I'm glad that the film stopped at sexual jealousy and didn't suggest that Yvan was emasculated because his wife's success eclipsed his own. Such a plot would have been cliche and reduced Yvan's character to nothing more than a typically insecure male. Terence Stamp is perfectly cast as the cad co-star who crosses the line between creating "on-screen chemistry" and seducing another man's wife. His lecherous looks make him dangerously charming, and there is the right amount of self-aggrandizing to make his character worthy of comic ridicule. I was fully prepared to go as high as four stars until the end. I don't know what Attal was thinking, but the story never resolved. We never know what motivates this couple's decision, and as a result, it's difficult to determine what exactly Attal is saying about these characters or the business of filmmaking. Overall, though, My Wife Is an Actress provides some brilliant moments and is filled with charming performances.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


very nicely-paced, dual-accented, effectively bilingual romcom about the "difficulties" of marrying an actress (or marrying a non-actor, depending on which way you look at it), and ultimately, love prevailing amid the mess. the plot is somewhat simple, but it's the hilarious script and brilliant acting that carries this movie through.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

As Far as the comedy scenes yes; it had some funny moments, and serious drama scenes; yes some of the scenes had some feeling behind it. But honest it doesn't have enough of those elements to really make it seem like anything from american types or Romantic comedy. Unfunny, Unmoving but it had some soul. Just not enough of it.

Joe Elizondo
Joe Elizondo

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