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OSS 117: Lost in Rio(OSS 117 : Rio ne répond plus)

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France · 2009
1h 40m
Director Michel Hazanavicius
Starring Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Alex Lutz, Reem Kherici
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime

This French parody of the James Bond franchise follows secret agent Hubert Bonssieur de la Bath on a high-stakes mission to Brazil. In Rio, the inept spy teams up with Israeli secret service to capture the mysterious Professor Von Himmel, a Nazi official who has escaped to South America with a secret list of French Nazi sympathizers.

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The New York Times by

Mr. Dujardin, a skilled comedian, deftly embodies the spy's combination of cluelessness and condescension, but it's an act that eventually wears thin.


Los Angeles Times by Betsy Sharkey

I don't know that we actually need Agent OSS 117, but the world is a slightly better place with him around. And the film itself is a harmless trifle -- make that truffle, chocolate of course.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

This is like a subpar "Naked Gun" feature cooked up by Eisenstein and Godard during a drug-addled lost weekend. Where's Leslie Nielsen when you need him?


The A.V. Club by Tasha Robinson

None of this is particularly sophisticated humor; again, it's Austin Powers goofery by way of Mel Brooks, though with a cooler, dryer tone and a much straighter face, embodied by Dujardin's vapidly winning grin, which admits no embarrassment or self-awareness.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Sexist, racist humor abounds, with Jews and gays especially taking a beating. I don't always object to non-PC humor -- but I like it to be funny, and here it isn't.

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