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Dinner Game, The
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"'Voulez vous diner avec moi, ce soir?'"
4 stars

French films are doing well internationally. Here's one which is likely to be popular here in Australia, if only people will get over the need to read sub-titles. It is a clever comedy, a classic French farce. It was nominated for six Cesar awards.

The aim of the Dinner Game is for several yuppies to bring the most boring person to dinner, but without the guest realising why they were invited. The yuppies even have talent spotters to find fresh do-dos. And one of these spotters discovers Francois Pignon (Jacques Velleret), an accountant and maker of a model Eiffel Tower from matchsticks. Yep, he can tell you the exact number of matchsticks that went into it. Francois goes to the sumptuous home of smarmy Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte), for a drink before the dinner. But, unfortunately, Pierre has done his back in. What follows is a series of disasters, where Pignon tries to help his new 'friend'. The French obsessions - love and food - are both involved. Has Pierre's wife really left him? Pignon can advise, he's divorced. Is she with a total bastard who has been hitting on her? Pignon can get his friend from the tax office to find out - as long as the friend's fed first. But Pignon is a bit of a fool in more ways than one...

We hear plenty of French rudeness: Pignon (and others) are called a huge number of insulting terms in an hour and a half. The French word 'con' actually translates as 'c***', which tells us something about Gaellic culture. Perhaps the extremely mild English title 'The Dinner Game' tells us something more about international distribution.

The Dinner Game was a successful play before it became a film, and it shows. It is a clever piece, and, French culture notwithstanding, is a great one for low-budget filmmakers to examine. Just see it before the Dreamworks English-language re-make. (Emma

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1/14/13 KingNeutron Made me laugh - watched it because of "Hope Springs" 4 stars
5/20/06 chienne Loved it, pissed myself laughing....titles and all...... 5 stars
5/17/04 jsdlfhlsdif dfsjdfljs bad ending 1 stars
4/09/01 ChErRyRiPe Santa just doesn't appreciate a funny french film-im with tigger heather suzanne rick 5 stars
3/30/00 TIGGER funny as! an absolute pisser 5 stars
9/05/99 Rick One of the most satisfying movie meals in a long time. Hopefully, Hollywoood won't option 5 stars
8/19/99 Suzanne Simple yet very witty, like nothing done in America. 5 stars
7/31/99 Heather Very, very funny French farce 5 stars
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  09-Jul-1999 (PG-13)



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