OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio)


OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio)

Critics Consensus

Led by another appealing performance from Jean Dujardin, this sequel offers more absurdly fun action -- and more politically incorrect humor -- for fans of '60s spy films.



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As adapted from Jean Bruce's endless series of novels, the French series of OSS 117 adventure comedies showcase the globetrotting exploits of Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath (aka OSS 117), a Derek Flint-like super-spy. This outing finds OSS 117 shuttled off to Rio de Janeiro, where his assignment involves retrieving microfilm that lists French Nazi collaborators during World War II. He then teams up with the seductive lieutenant Dolores (Louise Monot) to track down a gang of escaped Nazis.


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Critic Reviews for OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio)

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  • All this is mighty silly, but there's something to be said for watching a French movie that, for a change, isn't about l'amour, existential angst, or madness.

    Jan 3, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The tenor, tone and immaculately lampooned art direction often make up for shtick that gradually grows thin in the belly-laugh department.

    Jul 1, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ted Fry

    Seattle Times
    Top Critic
  • Strutting around like a rooster in a thin-lapeled suit, 117 isn't much different from other comic Bond figures, but the movies find a fresh and exceedingly rich vein of comedy in his airy sexism, racism, and colonialism.

    Jun 17, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The story is lame and the action is flaccid, but as Hubert would be the first to tell you, the French have a word for those who can't take a joke: c'est la vie.

    Jun 10, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • I sort of liked the 2006 film, and I sort of like this one, too. I may like it a little more, because Dujardin grows on you.

    Jun 10, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A reasonably pleasant surprise.

    May 20, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio)

  • Jul 26, 2012
    Jean Dujardin is as great as he was in the first. It's not as laugh-out-loud hilarious as the first because the humor isn't as surprising. It's sad to see Berenice Bejo leave the cast because she was so charming as the Bond girl because Louise Monot really doesn't even come close. The laughs are spread out a little more this time around, so it feels well paced. OSS 117 isn't the kind of film you should take seriously because it's very obvious that it was meant to be silly and make fun of the average spy film, which it does very well. Even with its flaws, Lost in Rio is just as fun as the first.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2012
    This pre-dates the fame of Jean Dujardin in America, but was a breakout role for the comedy actor from France. In the sixties and seventies there were a string of French spy films with a male protagonist named OSS 117, who is now featured in this second film of the new series as a complete clod in comparison. In this film, such as Peter Sellers turn as James Bond in Casino Royale, OSS 117 is reworked as slightly bumbling. More so than that he is misogynistic, racist, and playfully arrogant and ignorant. Unlike a low budget parody film this was actually shot in relatively beautiful locations, with actual cinematography and principal photography to boot. It utilizes many forms of split screen, and is a finesse of French cinema, not only as an ode but as an actual spy film. What also sets it apart from the crass American counterparts such as Spy Hard and The Naked Gun, is that this film actually holds more than comedy, but an air of sophistication and restraint. Better than that, while the usual spy parodies have a makeshift cast of people who are truly enthralled by this uncouth person, this film lets the Israeli Mossad romantic lead hold her own amongst the male spies. She outright points out his faults and tells him about them in as mean a way as possible. Dujardin is in his own league here, as he maneuvers between likable and downright repulsive. His scenes are usually full of bandying about words that are intentionally offensive, while also being goofy and lovable in some respects. The villains are unbelievable, the storyline is epic yet ridiculous, and the shots of the film really resonant and bewilder with how amazing they are for the content. Beside that there is actual humor that relates to American sensibilities and somehow mimics the parody films of Leslie Nielsen. The only reason I didn't fully love it is that it doesn't always translate well, and my comedic choices are usually not as suave and as witty as this, so for myself it was a different kind of experience. Still, this is a delight and is worth our attention.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2011
    While not as good as the first one, this movie is still very fun. Jean Dujardin is still fantastic in his role and the movie still has a very absurd sense of humor. The one thing BOTH movies did well was really catch the spirit of 60s spy movies. The look, the clothes, the music, the silly action scenes. It's quite impressive how much detail actually went into both movies in making them feel authentic. Anyway, Jean Dujardin gives another hilarious performance. I definitely recommend watching both movies.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2011
    Jean Dujardin is absolutely perfect in the role of the charming, quintessential French spy of the 1960s, OSS 117. Lost in Rio is slightly weaker in wit than its predecessor Cario: Nest of Spies, but I suspect that has much to do with the French-language jokes not translating to English so well.
    Ross C Super Reviewer

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