Fortysomething Luis Costa (Alain Chabat) is a successful "nose" in the
perfume industry, crafting exquisite scents that continue to keep the company
afloat. He also has been enjoying life as a bachelor, with no strings and no
worries. But all of sudden, things start to take a bad turn. The wife of the CEO
of the perfume company doesn't like the new fragrance he has created.
Added to that, his five sisters and elderly mother have decided they will no
longer pamper him. They firmly tell Luis he must find a women and settle down.
What's a guy to do? Well, this being a French comedy, he will hire a woman
to pose as his girlfriend and then have her dump him at the altar. The problem
is where is he going to find a woman who would be willing to go along with a
harebrained scheme like that. Enter Emmanuelle (Charlotte Gainsbourg), the
sister of his co-worker. She's just broken up with her long-term boyfriend and
is in the process of adopting a child from Brazil. She also happens to need the
cash, so she agrees to the idea, after prolonged negotiations.
Problems arise, though, when Luis' family comes to adore Emmanuelle.
When his original plan backfires, he quickly formulates Plan B. But then,
something unexpected happens to Luis that threatens to wreak havoc on his
Chabat came up with the idea for this amusing and lightweight comedy which
was fleshed out by a cadre of four credited screenwriters. The large number of
people involved with the script may account for its odd twists and turns, but on
the whole I DO! / PRÊTE-MOI TA MAIN mines the idea for all it is worth. Of
course, as with almost any romantic comedy, there is a sense of the inevitable
and the film doesn't disappoint in that regard. Still, thanks to the sparkling
direction of Eric Lartigau and the winsome performances, the movie
entertains. It's easy to see why it became a box-office hit in France.
© 2007 by C.E. Murphy. All Rights Reserved.
|L to R: Alain Chabat as Luis Costa and Charlotte Gainsbourg as Emma
I Do! / Prête-moi ta main
Eric Lartigau, 2006; 90m
Photo Credit: Mars Distribution