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The French love Dany Boon, though the condition hasn’t exactly been contagious. While the comic’s most successful venture, “Welcome to the Sticks,” spawned imitators in nearly every European market, the Gallic multi-talent hasn’t been the ingredient to catch on. His latest, “Superchondriac,” should pass quietly enough, except in France, where B.O. will prove nothing if not healthy. Boon plays a hyper-sensitive germophobe who disrupts everyone around him with his imaginary ailments — a low-concept setup that scarcely gives this laffer anywhere to go, relying on the actor’s charm and a series of goofy contrivances to limp its way home.
Romain Faubert (Boon) has the worst possible job for someone obsessed with everything that could possibly go wrong with his body: He takes photographs for an online medical dictionary, then spends his free time fretting about diseases most people don’t even know exist. We meet Romain en route to the hospital, »
- Peter Debruge
It may be tempting to group Mark Mothersbaugh with other movie composers who began in the rock/pop world — names like Danny Elfman, Klaus Badelt, Clint Mansell, Randy Newman, Lisa Gerrard, Trevor Rabin.
But consider that Mothersbaugh co-founded one of the 1970s most subversive, post-modern groups, Devo; composes for every conceivable kind of project from “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” to “The Royal Tenenbaums” to the infamous Joe Boxer Christmas ad; works as an artist in a seemingly unlimited number of media from wooden organ pipes to postcards; makes rugs and designs glass frames; collects bird calls, as well as a world-class assemblage of exotic musical instruments.
There aren’t too many in Mothersbaugh’s category. Probably none.
A conversation with him skips and dances over so many areas and topics that a picture forms of someone with encyclopedic range.
And yet everything about Mothersbaugh points to the same fun-loving spirit heard »
- Robert Koehler
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