The Players

  • 18
  • Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavayé, Alexandre Courtès, Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Eric Lartigau, Gilles Lellouche (2012)
  • Fr (SUB)
  • 103 min
The Players
Film Review
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2 out of 5

After his acclaimed performance in The Artist, Oscar winner Jean Dujardin returns to the sketch comedy format that launched his career for this anthology about adultery. His Gallic showbiz mates, including The Artist director Michael Hazanavicius and actors Gilles Lellouche and Alexandra Lamy (Dujardin's wife), are all on hand for a vulgar, variable and very French take on infidelity. The politically incorrect series of tales looks at such subjects as sex addiction, May-December affairs, marriage breakdown and bromance. While many will find the deliberate misogyny and startling punch line to the closing Las Vegas-set morality tale rather off-putting, some of the bedroom farce segments do have their sparkling moments. But it must be said that Dujardin and Lellouche, his partner in extramarital crime, often look like they are having a better time than the viewer in exploring the subject of cheating as a masculine right, as they swap roles, hairstyles and partners for this multi-stranded vanity project.

Plot Summary

Premiere. Anthology of tales about marital infidelity, featuring a support group for serial adulterers, a couple confessing to each other their many affairs, a married man lacking the stamina to cope with his younger lover and a sex-crazed employee at a business convention. Comedy, starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, who also co-directed one of the sections. In French.

Cast and crew

Cast

Fred / Oliver / François / Laurent / James
Jean Dujardin
Greg / Nicolas / Bernard / Antoine / Eric
Gilles Lellouche
Lisa
Alexandra Lamy
Thibault
Guillaume Canet
Ariane
Mathilda May
Simon
Manu Payet
Marie-Christine
Sandrine Kiberlain

Crew

Director
Emmanuelle Bercot
Director
Fred Cavayé
Director
Alexandre Courtès
Director
Jean Dujardin
Director
Michel Hazanavicius
Director
Eric Lartigau
Director
Gilles Lellouche

Other Information

Language: 
French, English +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Available on DVD
Released 6 Jul 2012
Certificate 18
Categories
Comedy

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