Welcome to the Sticks


Welcome to the Sticks

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Dany Boon wrote, directed and costars in this rousing rural comedy about a man born and raised on France's Southern coast who is exiled to the Northern territories. Philippe (Kad Merad) helps run a small-town post office in France. His wife Julie has been down in the dumps, so he hatches a plan to move to the Cote d'Azur. But Philippe fails to secure a transfer and is relocated to Bergues, a village in Northern France where the language is unfamiliar and the culture is strangely foreign.


Kad Merad
as Philippe Abrams
Dany Boon
as Antoine Bailleul
Zoé Félix
as Julie Abrams
Lorenzo Ausilia-Foret
as Raphaël Abrams
Anne Marivin
as Annabelle Deconninck
Philippe Duquesne
as Fabrice Canoli
Guy Lecluyse
as Yann Vandernoot
Line Renaud
as Madame Bailleul (Antoine's Mother)
Alexandre Carrière
as Tony, Annabelle's Lover
Patrick Bosso
as Policeman 'A7'
Michel Galabru
as Julie's Great-Uncle
Stephane Freiss
as Jean Sabrier
Jérôme Commandeur
as Inspector Lebic
Fred Personne
as Monsieur Vasseur
Christophe Rossignon
as Brasserie Waiter
Eric Bleuzé
as Man on Moped
Franck Andrieux
as Monsieur Leborgne
Jean-Christophe Herbeth
as Monsieur Mahieux
Jean-Pierre Picotin
as Monsieur Tizaute
Jenny Clève
as Grandma Quinquin
Claude Talpaert
as Granpa Quinquin
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (3)

  • There's nothing revolutionary or artistically groundbreaking here, but there's something reassuring in the fact that this is what the French have anointed as their biggest hit. Vive la (low-key) différence.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Dany] Boon tinkers with the formula just enough to make his story fresh and the sentiment at its heart not too sweet, though compounded contrivances in the last 30 minutes of the picture threaten to unravel its peculiar magic.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Boon thinks it funny to leave the boom in shot all the time. It isn't. Indeed, little in this drivel is funny.

    Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like any fish out of water story, the fun lies in the details, and to its credit, Welcome to the Sticks supplies them with polish.

    Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…
  • den mporeis kai ola na ta katalabaineis ap' aytin tin farsokomodia poy den stereitai ekstatikon empneyseon sti domi, ektos ki an ta 'heis zisei apo konta

    May 10, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Welcome to the Sticks is the most successful movie ever released in France, possibly because self-deprecating humour is so rare there.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Welcome to the Sticks

  • Jan 31, 2011
    Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis. Simply formulaic, but charmingly funny. I'll start out by saying that I've lived in Belgium my whole life, and I speak French. Coming from that point of view, this film was hilarious. I loved that it begins pouring rain the second he enters into the territory of "Le Nord" (been there), and the constant use of the term "Biloute" (done that). The performances are nice, especially Dany Boon, who did a great job of directing and writing as well. The story was nothing amazing, but because of the charming characters and my own love for anti-Northern France jokes, it succeeds greatly. Why 70%? Because you get plenty of clever laughs along with a likable, the situations are fun and its tight pace keeps things moving nicely. Extra: The English subtitles don't do the Ch'tis accents justice, they're hilarious. A lot of French humor revolves around wordplay and double-meanings, and this movie has plenty of those. Have you seen this dubbed? Is it any good? Well anyways, several very French/Belgian moments.
    Luke T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2010
    Charming, at times downright hilarious comedy. Unfortunately I don't speak a word of French and have no deeper knowledge of the culture clash between North and South - the film is probably truly funny to French audiences, as the success in France also demonstrates.
    Ina S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2008
    LOL OH MY GOD. French knows how to mould Drama, Silliness and Humor in a Movie. I was able to watch it in German language, and that was a lot funnier. Great location, great Atmosphere. Well the Actors were okay, but this is what I like about French Movies, they choose Actors who are like regular looking, and stories that can happen in your neighbourhood or sometimes you recognize yourself in the Characters. I highly recommend this Movie.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2008
    Thoroughly enjoyable and contagiously funny. Solid French comedy.
    Pedro P Super Reviewer

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