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How Much Do You Love Me? (Combien tu m’aimes?) (2007)

(NR) 90 mins

Synopsis: After winning the lottery, lowly clerk François (Bernard Campan) asks a gorgeous prostitute to live with him until his money runs out. François’s life greatly improves when Daniela (Monica Bellucci) moves in — that is, until her pimp, Charly (Gérard Depardieu), shows up. Director Bertrand Blier’s sexy comedy co-stars Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Edouard Baer.

Serious Jest:  (Don’t Bother) Maybe I just don’t understand French humor.  The premise of this movie was actually very interesting (description sounds cool, right?), but I fear that the script and overall developed story will only be appreciated by eccentric French film students, the insanely pretentious, or those of like mind. The first scene involving the neighbor literally made me laugh out loud, though (very obvious when you watch it).  Other scenes (including when the whole office just troops over to this dude’s apartment) made me question my screen out loud, “Really?”  The acting was pretty good, though. Depardieu does well with the script he’s given.  At the end of the day, this movie would be terrible instead of bad without Belluci.  I’ve been taken by her beauty since I first saw her in the Matrix trilogy.  Every time she seduced the camera, I would forget how much I didn’t like this movie.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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