Movies: 4 comedies to watch in April

“At the Same Time”, with Jonathan Cohen and Vincent Macken, “Revenge of the Brilliant Shrimp”, Cedric Le Gallo and Maxime Govaret, “What Have We All Done to God?”, the third part of the Philippe de Chauveron saga… Here are the comedies, which can be seen in cinemas in April, which is sure to make viewers laugh and think.

“At the Same Time” by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delepin.

As the presidential election draws near, two directors Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delepin return with the biting satirical comedy Same Time, starring Jonathan Cohen and Vincent Macane. On the eve of a vote to build a holiday park instead of a forest, uninhibited right-wing mayor Didier Beke (Jonathan Cohen), calling himself a “diverse extreme center”, is trying to bribe his environmentalist colleague Pascal. Molitor (Vincent Macane). Amid hypocrisy and pretense, the two politicians try to reach an agreement, then decide to spend the evening at FMI, a bar run by Madame Bianca, aka Yolanda Moreau, and that they are not going to forget.

And for good reason, after seducing them, a young feminist activist pretending to be a waitress who adopted India Hair manages to glue them together in at least a suggestive position, namely, one after the other. Then ridiculous, forbidden and funny scenes follow one after another, causing the audience to burst into tears of laughter. Always on the move, the characters will try to unstick themselves by knocking on several doors, including the door of a veterinarian friend who will teach them how to walk like quadrupeds. Directed by a brilliant cast duo, this film wows both left and right, extremists as well as police, secretaries and sophrologists.

Behind this delightfully whimsical humor, he invites us to reflect on the concept of commitment in all its forms, ecological, feminist, without ever giving lessons or falling into Manichaeism. The filmmakers, to whom we also owe “I feel good” or even “Erasing history”, offer a new successful comedy, funny, touching and hopeful. The only downside is that it takes a while to complete.

“In the same time”, Gustave Kervern and Benoit Delepin (1h48), in theaters April 6th.

“Revenge of the Brilliant Shrimp” by Cedric Le Gallo and Maxime Govaret

The legendary gay water polo team is back in business. Three years after the success of the first opus, a manifesto against homophobia, awarded the 2019 Special Jury Prize at the Alpe d’Huez Comedy Festival, Cédric Le Gallo and Maxime Govaret sign Revenge of the Brilliant Shrimp, an incredible sequel that is more committed and political. This time, the shiny shrimp, accompanied by trainer Matthias (Nicholas Gob), who has become an ally but is still very clumsy despite his efforts, fly to the Gay Games in Tokyo to pay their respects to Jin, their late friend. Anyway, it was expected.

Because by skipping the correspondence, polo players find themselves in Russia, in a region hostile to homosexuality. And the least we can say is that they will have a lot of trouble. Filled with twists and turns, the second part, punctuated by a show to the beat of David Bowie’s hit “Heroes”, denounces homophobia in all its forms, and not just in the sports world. Filmed between Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and Lvov, an area now under Russian bombardment, it evokes, for example, the theme of forced conversion therapy and homophobia in the suburbs through the character of Bilal El-Atrebi, in Selim’s camp, a young man. water polo player.

Each other’s personalities and flaws are explored further than in the first film. As for valves, there are fewer of them, but nevertheless this comedy is funny and entertaining. In terms of casting, dedicated viewers will find familiar faces such as Mikael Abiteboul, David Baio, Romain Lancri, Geoffroy Coué or even Romain Brau.

“Revenge of the Brilliant Shrimp”, Cedric Le Gallo and Maxime Govaret (1:53), in cinemas, 13 April.

“Duke” by Roger Michell

Roger Michell’s The Duke tells a funny and surprising true story that took place in the early 1960s. Why do we have to pay for a TV license if we don’t get the BBC? As Kempton Bunton, a sixty-year-old taxi driver, campaigns to exempt veterans and the elderly from the tax, the pensioner learns that the British government has spent £140,000 to buy Francisco de Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington. He then decides to go to London to have his voice heard, but in vain.

Determined to change the world, this harmless activist, married to a much more pragmatic woman, finally returns home with a painting stolen earlier from the National Gallery, thus committing the first and only theft in the history of the Museum. And he will return the painting only on one condition: we will satisfy his request. During the trial, Kempton Bunton will finally get the podium he’s dreamed of, his quarter hour of fame, and deliver an incredible speech. He will ridicule the prosecutor and win the favor of the hall, enchanted by his eloquence, sense of humor and sincerity. The dialogues are delicious, the acting is impeccable.

Jim Broadbent, who perfectly embodies both optimism and grief, and Helen Mirren, aka Elizabeth II in The Queen, make a believable and sweet couple. This comedy resonates with current events and is just plain good. We leave all smiles and full of enthusiasm. Recall that the fee for an audiovisual license was finally abolished only in 2000 and only for Britons over 75 years old.

The Duke by Roger Michell (1:36), in theaters April 20.

“What have we all done for God?” – Philippe de Chauveron

After two hit opuses in France, the third part of the Philippe de Chauveron saga, shelved several times, is finally about to come out into the darkrooms. In “What have we all done for God?” Claude and Marie Verneuil, still played by Christian Clavier and Chantal Loby, are celebrating forty years of marriage. For the occasion, their four daughters decide to bring the whole family together and invite the parents of each of their sons-in-law, Rashid, David, Chao and Charles. But this big surprise party at the family home in Chinon turns out to be even more eventful than expected.

It will be difficult for a bourgeois Catholic couple to live together for several days with this “beautiful pile of secular affairs”, and the celebration of their emerald wedding anniversary will turn into a drama. All the actors from previous opuses have returned, such as Frédéric Belle, Frédéric Chau, Ari Abittan, accused of rape last November, and Emily Kahn. The only thing missing is Julia Piaton, who was replaced by Alice David. “What have we done to God?” When it was released in theaters in 2014, over 12 million viewers watched it. In turn, in 2019, the sequel collected more than 6.5 million views.

“What have we all done to God?” Philippe de Chauveron (1:38) in theaters April 6th.

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