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A Perfect Plan Review

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Isabelle (Diane Kruger) meets the man of her dreams, fellow dentist Pierre (Robert Plagnol) and, after ten years of being together, decides to get married. The only problem is that the women in Isabelle’s family are cursed in that there first marriages ne

★★★★★

Pascal Chaumeil’s follow up to his irresistible French language charmer Heartbreakers — we’ll draw a veil over his Nick Hornby adap A Long Way Down — is an equally enjoyable, if not quite as deft, slice of romantic goobledegook. Spinning off from a fun high concept, the film throws in grandiloquent travelogue (Africa, Moscow), screwball slapstick (a dentist novocaine gag works a treat), some nice human moments amidst the madness.

As a story, it doesn’t stand up to much analysis (it’s a help that it’s related as a dinner party yarn) and asks you to root for a heroine who does basically despicable things. But Kruger, who should do more rom-com, and Boon generate nice chemistry, the direction is super-slick and the film leaves you with a nice sense of the warm and fuzzies.

It requires you to suspend disbelief but go with it and A Perfect Plan is funny, winning and romantic.

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