Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Le sens de l'humour (2011)

After De père en flic, here's another attempt by over-rated director Émile Gaudreault to hit Quebec's box-office with what should look like a summer comedy. As a result, we get a rather average film.

Gaudreault's film follows two second-rate comedians, Marco (Benoît Brière) and Luc (Louis-Josée Houde), who are on tour around Quebec. Marco is the sympathetic guy while Luc seems obnoxious on stage. During a show at L'Anse-au-Pic, a remote village, the two comedians decide to pick on a random spectator in the form of Roger (Michel Côté), the cook at the local snack bar, "until it's no longer funny".

Unfortunately for them, Roger takes their jokes very personally. After their show, Roger captures Marco and Luc to torture them. However, in order to buy some time, Marco and Luc will teach Roger how to be funny.

While Gaudreault laughs at most Quebecker comedians' incapacity to be original, he also plays with the known genre of abduction films in the likes of The Disappearance of Alice Creed. In addition to some well thought gags, Le sens de l'humour offers us what we actually expect to see: long conversations between the captor and his hostages along with scenes in which the two victims try to escape.

All in all, we've got a very ordinary and also thin storyline. Add to that, a troika of actors (Brière, Houde and Côté) who seem to have fun displaying all the clichés defining their respective character. As a parody of psychopath, Michel Côté will make you laugh without having you believe that his performance is idiotic. However, the only reproach is that the film seems to be too long.

Honestly, Le sens de l'humour doesn't really venture into uncharted territories. Still, the fact that it's a rather easy film to understand should attract many people who aren't looking for too much.

Rating: 3/5

Origin:Canada (2011)
Screenplay:Émile Gaudreault and Benoît Pelletier
Director:Émile Gaudreault
Starring:Benoît Brière, Louis-José Houde and Michel Côté

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