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OSS 117

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Jean Dujardin, OSS 117

OSS 117

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
95 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/09/08
performer:
Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo
director:
Michel Hazanavicius
author:
Jean-Francois Halin
genre:
Comedy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B

Drolly understated French comedy OSS 117 spoofs the superagents of the Bond era (it’s set in 1955), but its hero isn’t a broad nitwit. As played by Jean Dujardin, with an egocentric leer that suggests Sacha Baron Cohen impersonating Sean Connery, he’s a very subtle nitwit who is so glad to be living the espionage life that he couldn’t care less about a crisis involving radical Cairo Muslims, Nazis, and a chicken farm. There are more chuckles than laughs, but the film does a witty job of replicating the hermetic, overlit shot language of ’60s studio movies. B