OSS 117 (2008) Drolly understated French comedy OSS 117 spoofs the superagents of the Bond era (it's set in 1955), but its hero isn't a broad nitwit. As… 2008-05-09 Unrated PT95M Action/Adventure Comedy Jean Dujardin Berenice Bejo
Movie Review

OSS 117 (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Jean Dujardin, OSS 117 | POLICE FARCE Jean Dujardin (right) is a kind of Jacques Bond in the understated French spy-movie satire OSS 117
POLICE FARCE Jean Dujardin (right) is a kind of Jacques Bond in the understated French spy-movie satire OSS 117
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: May 09, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 95 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy; With: Jean Dujardin

Drolly understated French comedy OSS 117 spoofs the superagents of the Bond era (it's set in 1955), but its hero isn't a broad nitwit. As played by Jean Dujardin, with an egocentric leer that suggests Sacha Baron Cohen impersonating Sean Connery, he's a very subtle nitwit who is so glad to be living the espionage life that he couldn't care less about a crisis involving radical Cairo Muslims, Nazis, and a chicken farm. There are more chuckles than laughs, but the film does a witty job of replicating the hermetic, overlit shot language of '60s studio movies. B

Originally posted May 16, 2008 Published in issue #992-993 May 23, 2008 Order article reprints