I Do (Prête-moi Ta Main) - Review
Review by Jack Foley
LUIS (Alain Chabat) finds his carefree existence threatened when his mother and five sisters decide it’s time for him to marry. He subsequently hatches a plan to find the perfect woman who will charm his family, exchange engagement rings and then stand him up at the altar!
When he meets Emmanuelle (Charlotte Gainsbourg), the sister of his best friend who has just moved to Paris in search of work, it seems like a win-win situation. But the best-laid plans of single men can go horribly wrong!
Fans of gentle French farce will find plenty to admire in Eric Lartigau’s I Do, an amiable romantic comedy that benefits from two charming central performances.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, in particular, provides an alluring presence, capably mixing a feisty attitude with some genuinely endearing qualities. But Alain Chabat is also amusing as the hapless Luis, whose plan is destined to fail.
Just occasionally, scenes involving his overbearing family become a little too quirky and threaten to test the patience and the wedding sequence itself feels rushed and poorly executed. Luis’ best friend is also a one-dimensional character whose sexist jokes frequently drag down the tone.
But there’s still plenty of amusement to be gained from watching Luis and Emmanuelle firstly trying to convince his family that she’s the perfect catch, and then dissuade them from warming to her charms after the wedding delivers an unexpected hitch.
The conclusion may be inevitable but it’s delivered with just the right amount of warmth to ensure that audiences depart with the right kind of feel-good glow – which is more than can be said for a lot of Hollywood rom-coms!
(In French, with subtitles)
Running time: 90mins
UK DVD Release: February 25, 2008