From California to Lyon, France: living & studying abroad…and coming back!
I saw this comedy in theaters last semester, and I laughed quite a bit, but the French audience I watched it were a lot quieter (not sure if that means they were smiling or just didn’t think it was funny!).
The movie is about a woman, Jeanne, who is the French voice-over actress for an American TV actress, Jennifer Marshall. When Jennifer decides to leave her show, Jeanne loses her job, too. So, she heads off to Hollywood, CA to try to convince the American actress to stay on the show. There, she encounters fellow French-speaking people, including Farres, played by the popular Francophone comedian Jamel Debbouze, and is accosted with cultural differences.
Though definitely not as good as Intouchables, the film was light, silly, funny, and a good break after finals. As an American in France I enjoyed it a lot just because I can relate to the culture shock (though America -> France and not the other way around!).
They play with the stereotypes we all heard before: Hummers, plastic surgery, Hollywood tours, gangsters, and weird colloquial American sayings (“whadd’up, sister?”).