Dépression et des potes (2012)
A film directed by Arnaud Lemort

Genre: Comedy

Film Review

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There was an irresistible ebullient charm to Arnaud Lemort's first film L'Amour, c'est mieux à deux (2010) (co-directed with Dominique Farrugia) which is singularly lacking in his second. Dépression et des potes is a lazy attempt at an American-style comedy that looks suspiciously like a half-hearted attempt to clamber aboard the 'buddy movie' bandwagon that has taken off in France in the wake of Marc Esposito's Le Coeur des hommes (2003). Lemort's debut feature may have been impaired by some misfired gags and an obvious lack of directorial competence but at least it was enthusiastically performed by a likeable cast and had a ring of truth about it. Its successor is little more than a low grade television movie that looks as if it was cobbled together in someone's lunchbreak.

Given the pedigree of the cast it's surprising how flat and unfunny the film is. Fred Testot, a talented, very amiable stand-up comedian and comic actor, ought to be in his element, but he is as ill-served by the trite script as his three on-screen buddies, Jonathan Lambert, Arié Elmaleh and Ary Abittan. All of the characters are dull, overly familiar archetypes, and it's hard to miss the malodorous whiff of misogynism that hangs over the proceedings. Admittedly, the few worthwhile gags that punctuate this lame commentary on modern living are well fielded but these are just too few and far between to make the film worth watching. If you weren't depressed before you started watching this derivative, trashy plod-a-thon you will be by the time the end credits roll.
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Film Credits

Directed by Arnaud Lemort
Starring: Fred Testot, Jonathan Lambert, Arié Elmaleh, Ary Abittan, Laurence Arné, Gyselle Soares, Charlie Bruneau, Anne Depétrini, Emmanuel Reichenbach, Ginnie Watson
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