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Quatre garçons pleins d'avenir (1997)

 -  Comedy  -  6 August 1997 (France)
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a movie full of mediocrity
2 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Just a short and basic review about this turkey and a positive one! But fortunately three unfavorable votes. The person who wrote it must have few demanding tastes as regards cinema.

Let's take the year 1997. If I had to retain the most outstanding young people movie of the year in the positive sense of the word, I would choose the hypnotic and piercing "Life of Jesus" by Bruno Dumont, a ruthless chronicle about young people trapped in their small city of Bailleul, without future. It's a work with an undeniable artistic weight. What about the worst young people movie of the year? Well it's this dud: " four boys full of future"! It occupies a first-choice place in which the young people movie (even French comedy) can offer worst and I think that the current mark (6.2 out of 10) is too much high for such a piece of garbage which flounders between vulgarity and flabbiness, drivel and commonplaces. The title itself of the movie is quite meaningless. There are indeed four boys who are the main protagonists of the film but what is their future made of? At a pinch, it could be attributed in an ironical way to Arnaud.

There's a blatant absence of directing and the director Jean Paul Lillienfield contents himself to record execrable dialogs. Three scriptwriters including the director gathered to produce a two-bit and skimpy story with a more than meager potential. It gives the impression of having been written in a slapdash manner without the single hint of rigor. It never takes off, includes what seem to be parodical components of the teenage movie, elements which have nothing to do here. There are also snatches of "les Sous Doués" (1980) by Claude Zidi. It wasn't a masterwork but at least Zidi's flick made us sometimes smile. To come back to the story, when it seems to take a direction (Arnaud's mates who decide to help him), it is drowned in a spate of implausibilities and of course, the happy end is "de rigor".

It's not an unfathomable cast which will make up for the extreme paucity of the script. The young comedians' intolerable antics undermine the movie and some actors are used in an unexpected and absurd way. Why Thierry Lhermitte (also producer!) in the role of a cop? Without mentioning an atrocious Patrick Sébastien who reveals here, in all its splendor his more than restrained gifts as an actor.

A superb hash of money for this incredible drivel which makes me sick. Yuk! You understood it: it's the kind of movie to skip at all costs. If you're looking for a valuable entertaining movie, please pass by and if you can, try to watch the movie I mentioned in the beginning of my review: "the Life of Jesus".

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