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The Intouchables(Intouchables)

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France

2011

Rated R • 1h 53m

Director Olivier Nakache

Starring François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Audrey Fleurot, Anne Le Ny

Genre Comedy, Drama

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Wealthy quadriplegic Philippe hires Driss to be his new live-in caregiver, a young man with no interest or experience in the job. As their two dramatically different personalities and worlds collide, Driss and Philippe grow closer and discover that they may be the only people capable of helping each other.

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Jamie Bitz Profile picture for Jamie Bitz

The dynamic duo of Cluzet and Sy work together so well in this film. Although it definitely has the characteristics of a buddy film, it sticks fairly close to the true story it's based on and in my opinion, both characters save each other equally. If watched with a critical eye, it still makes for a feel-good film.

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Variety by

Though never known for their subtlety, French co-helmers/scripters Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have never delivered a film as offensive as "Untouchable," which flings about the kind of Uncle Tom racism one hopes has permanently exited American screens.
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Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

Let me come clean right now and tell you that I enjoyed The Intouchables quite a bit. If you're looking for a lightweight summer change of pace, with just a smidgen of Continental flair, here it is.
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The New Yorker by David Denby

The plot becomes disastrously condescending: the black man, who's crude, sexy, and a great dancer, liberates the frozen white man. The handsome Omar Sy jumps all over the place, and he's blunt and grating. Francois Cluzet acts with his eyebrows, his nose, his forehead. It's an admirable performance, but the movie is an embarrassment. [28 May 2012, p.78]
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ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Enjoy this movie for what it is - the kind of motion picture that can cause Champaign-like giddiness - and don't obsess over how true-to-life this work of fiction is.
38

Slant Magazine by Joseph Jon Lanthier

A cheeky dream-drama about the friendship between a rich, white quadriplegic and a penurious black job-seeker, the premise of The Intouchables alone nearly renders analysis redundant.
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Time Out by Keith Uhlich

Cluzet and Sy nonetheless make for ingratiating foils; the extended opening sequence in which the duo outwits a pair of cops like a hell-raising Laurel and Hardy could be a stellar short comedy if it weren't married to the deadly self-serious shtick that follows.
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Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The power dynamic may charm the French, but it's likely to push the cringe buttons of local moviegoers in Obama's post-"The Green Mile America." Apart from the wince-inducing moments, The Intouchables is often a pleasant buddy picture.
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The A.V. Club by Sam Adams

Sy and Cluzet give their parts more conviction than they deserve, even when the former is forced to re-enact the falsetto-singing-in-the-bubblebath bit from Pretty Woman. But even their energy can't revive a corpse this dead.

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