The Players (2014)
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as Fred / Olivier / François / Laurent / James
as Greg / Nicolas / Bernard / Antoine / Eric
as La maîtresse (segment "Bernard")
as Le directeur de séminaire (segment "La bonne conscience")
as Richard (segment "La bonne conscience")
as Nathalie (segment "La bonne conscience")
as Julia (segment "La bonne conscience")
as Type réception (segment "La bonne conscience")
as Le collègue clope (segment "La bonne conscience")
as Réceptionniste indien Saphir Hôtel (segment "La bonne con
as Marie (segment "La bonne conscience")
as La fille qui rit (segment "La bonne conscience")
as Sandra (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
as Randy (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
as Fiona (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
as Arnaud (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
as Odile (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
as Homme camionette 1 (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
as Homme camionette 2 (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
as Banjo man (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
as Margaux (segment "Lolita")
as Benji (segment "Lolita")
as Valentin (segment "Lolita")
as Fanny (segment "Lolita")
as Hugo (segment "Lolita")
as Gaspard (segment "Lolita")
as Isabelle (segment "Lolita")
as Serveur (segment "Lolita")
as Anaïs (segment "Lolita")
as Thibaud (segment "Lolita")
as Thibaud (segment "Lolita")
as Agnès (segment "Thibault")
as La maîtresse de Thibault (segment "Thibault")
as Edwige (segment "Simon")
as La femme de Simon (segment "Simon")
as Maxime (segment "Simon")
as Julie (segment "La question")
as Victor (segment "La question")
as Infidèle anonyme #1 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes'
as Infidèle anonyme #2 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
as Infidèle anonyme #3 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
as Infidèle anonyme #4 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
as Infidèle anonyme #5 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
as Infidèle anonyme #7 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
as Infidèle anonyme #8 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
as Infidèle anonyme #9 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
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Critic Reviews for The Players
The rare omnibus film that isn't just a mixed bag--it very nearly succeeds at being uniformly bad.
At once moving and mortifying, it carries the distinctly un-Gallic scent of the best episodes of 'The Office'.
Never much more than an extended sketch comedy whose longer segments tend to wear out their welcome.
The shallowness of people who live this way is as dispiriting as the action is meant to be titillating.
Audience Reviews for The Players
As another reviewer said, a "very French take on infidelity." The biggest problem with this movie isn't that it expresses the misogynistic views that many men have about cheating (from "we're just animals, it's in our blood" to "women only cheat for love"), its that it gives those views a little too much thought and consideration. Even though it 'mercifully' never shows any of the women in the movie in a bad light/having deserved the treatment given to their husbands (the only woman who is vaguely thoughtful about the subject of infidelity is the non-conventionally attractive coworker in the hotel-skit), which to me seems like a copout as you never hear the women's side of it. All of the other wives and girlfriends are either sex-objects, totally flippant, always angry, emotionally volatile or only calm when with their children; they're never shown as complex adults in the same way the cheating men are. Even worse, the thoughtful consideration given to the men is typically along the lines of 'gosh cheating is so hard and difficult but hey, sometimes it has to happen.' At the heart of this 'comedy' is essentially just several morality plays. But considering the point of these short films is that cheating isn't worth it (or, even *gasp* worse- that the excess might 'turn' you gay [*gag*]), they sure spend a lot of time trying to explain that the logic behind the decision to cheat is sound, as it's based in 'natural impulses.'
It's really surprising how bad this film is. Not really unsurprising to see the film be as misogynistic as it is. Look at the poster, what could you have expected from a movie with THIS poster? At the same time I don't think this film ever pretends that these characters in these shorts, every one of them featuring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, are particularly likable, nor are they people that you should aspire to be. This suffers from exactly the same thing that all anthology films suffer from. There's no real consistent tone. That is to be expected with 8 short films in one package, but I don't think, at the very least, that I've ever seen one miss the mark so much as this movie has. There's a review here that makes mention of the fact that it isn't a mixed bag, almost every one of the segments is bad. I don't completely agree with that as I thought that one segment, the Cheaters' Anonymous one, was actually the one saving grace of the film. It was the funniest one by far. It was the only moment where the film showed SOME spark of life. But I digress, the problem this film has, outside of some very ugly, vile, crass attempts at humor, is the fact that it just isn't funny enough to be considered a comedy. Nor is it insightful as a drama to provide an explanation as to why men are compelled to cheat, almost as if it was part of their DNA. There's hints of that present in the film, but not nearly enough to make this any better. If you want to be a sex comedy then just gives the directors a parameter to work within. But I don't think that anybody was told that they had to work within certain parameters. They were just told to make films about their perspective on two men cheating on their wives and why they do it. And this is what we got back. Or if you want an insightful, character study on the nature of infidelity and why those who do it choose to do it, then the same thing. At least there would be something resembling consistency, even if the entire product was a mixed bag, at least it would be consistent. The same movie that features a serious argument between a man and his wife about their past infidelities is the same one that says, at the end, Fred and Greg, becoming homosexuals together and going on to become famous on the Vegas strip with a Siegfried and Roy-type act. It's also the same movie that seems a bunch of men, in a Cheaters' Anonymous group, act like a bunch of little kids. It just doesn't match up. I really do not plan on going over each one of the shorts, as it would just take too much time, and the shorts themselves lack enough substance to do a mini-review of each one. Jean Dujardin is good, as always, and Gilles Lellouche is also good. They're both charismatic and seem to have good chemistry with each other, so that's not really the problem. The problem is the actual content of the film. Why would a woman ever want to watch this film? That is a legitimate question. Why would they? This is the kind of movie where if a girl walked in on me watching it, I would feel embarrassed. Perhaps I'm overstating the point, but this is just no good at all. One good short, out of EIGHT, and solid leads does not a good movie make, that's for damn sure.
As funny as cancer. It sounded like a good idea for a unapologetic misogynistic -but charming- comedy, but the fractured storyline has many more lows than ups, the so called humour is as scarce as crass. Almost insufferable.
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