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A little editing would have improved APRES VOUS. As it is, however, the movie is very funny, and the characters very appealing. The scene with Louis auditioning for the wine connoisseur job is a priceless piece of film comedy. Despite many strong obscenities, Antoine keeps trying to do the right thing for Louis, even when he falls in love with Blanche. At the end, Louis seems to be cured of his suicidal tendencies. So, the movie’s comical tone of misadventures has a positive moral center to it.
(B, Pa, LLL, V, S, AA, D, M) Light moral worldview where protagonist tries to do the right thing, including saving a man from suicide and helping a suicidal, but annoying, man get back on his feet; some pagan behavior such as lust, minor character cheats on his fiancé and unmarried couple are clearly sleeping together but no implied or depicted fornication is shown; 35 obscenities (including some “f” words and many “s” words) and three light profanities; some violence such as man tries to hang himself but another man comically struggles to hold him up, man accidentally sets fire to his arm and man smashes cars and windows in anger and revenge; movie implies unmarried couple sleeps together, implied cheating on fiancé and kissing; no nudity; alcohol use and some drunkenness; smoking; and, lying, cheating, vandalism.
APRES VOUS is a funny French comedy that, though overlong, is very entertaining. There are many strong obscenities, however, and some implied sexual immorality, so extreme caution is necessary.
The movie opens with Antoine, a head waiter for a gourmet restaurant, rushing to a dinner date with his girlfriend, Christine. On the way, he barely saves the life of a man trying to commit suicide by hanging a noose over a tree limb. The man, Louis, is a sad sack who’s utterly despondent over being dumped by his own girlfriend, Blanche. Louis is a very neurotic, annoying person who also can’t hold a job. Antoine feels responsible for saving Louis, so he takes him into his apartment, much to the chagrin of Christine.
Christine gets even more upset when Antoine takes off with Louis to retrieve the suicide note that Louis left for his elderly grandparents. When the two men discover that the grandparents already have the letter, Louis is too afraid to go into their house to explain to them what happened. This forces Antoine to read an imaginary letter to the grandmother, who has poor eyesight and who, it turns out, was the person who advised Blanche to leave Louis.
No matter what he does, Antoine can’t seem to bring Louis out of his doldrums. Still feeling responsible for the man’s life, he gets Louis a job as the wine connoisseur at Antoine’s restaurant, even though Louis almost blows the interview. Antoine also tries to get Blanche back together with him. What Antoine doesn’t consider is Blanche falling in love with him, and he falling in love with her. Even so, Antoine still tries to get Blanche and Louis together. More comical misadventures follow.
A little editing would have improved APRES VOUS. As it is, however, the movie is very funny, and the characters very appealing. The scene with Louis auditioning for the wine connoisseur job is a priceless piece of film comedy.
Despite the too many strong obscenities in the movie, Antoine keeps trying to do the right thing for his new friend, Louis, even when he falls in love with Blanche. At the end, Louis seems to be cured of his suicidal tendencies. So, the movie’s comical tone has a positive moral center to it. Ultimately, tenderness and integrity prevail, but in a roundabout, surprising way. Cut out the obscenities, especially the “f” words, and MOVIEGUIDE® might give this comedy a higher acceptability rating.