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Dead Weight (2002)
"Le boulet" (original title)

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It is the story of two types: Moltes a criminal in prison and Reggio one of the guards. Crazy adventures happen when following a winner ticket to Africa, they competes in a rally and are chased by the Turk, a sworn enemy of Moltes.

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Moltès
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Francis Reggio
José Garcia ...
Mustapha Amel alias "Le Turc"
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Det. Youssouf
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Pauline Reggio
Jean Benguigui ...
Saddam
Gary Tiplady ...
Le géant / The Giant
Gérard Darmon ...
Kowalski
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Malian #1
Marco Prince ...
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Malian #3 (as Omar)
Nicolas Anelka ...
Nicolas, the soccer player
Jacky Lambert
Renaud Rutten
Innocent Mboumgou
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It is the story of two types: Moltes a criminal in prison and Reggio one of the guards. Crazy adventures happen when following a winner ticket to Africa, they competes in a rally and are chased by the Turk, a sworn enemy of Moltes.

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Rated PG-13 for some crude sexual content | See all certifications »
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$3,542,993 (France) (19 April 2002)

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$18,582,299 (Europe) (17 May 2002)
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The man at the airport reading the newspaper with Moltes' picture on the back is the Production Manager, Jean-Marc Deschamps See more »

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It's not Benoît Poelvoorde who is the millstone but the movie itself!
28 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Launched in the Spring 2002 in France, "le boulet" was hugely successful (more than 3 million of spectators in the French theaters). Why? This success remains both mysterious and unexplainable because Alain Berbérian's movie's got every conceivable fault, every fault imaginable so that you can name it: the perfect load of rubbish. It consists on an uninspired and hackneyed script with threadbare topics. Dialogs that aren't very worked and a poor directing that emphasizes too much on special effects.

But above all, "le boulet" is a bad movie because it borrows mostly elements or sequences from a lot of French movies. Thus, you find traces of "la cité de la peur" (1994) made by the same director, always Berbérian. But you also think about "la soif de l'or" (1993) and "la grande vadrouille" (1966) both made by Gérard Oury. Even the duo of characters with opposed disposition (here, we deal with the frail Poelvoorde and the heartless Lanvin) and who are however compelled to work together isn't original. Indeed, this comic device had been already used (and brilliantly) by Francis Veber. You only have to watch "la chèvre" (1981) or "les fugitifs" (1986) to realize it.

With this poor movie that looks hollow, we deal with a very serious situation: it would appear that French comedy is declining...


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