Blowhard, Esq. writes:
Not that we’d ever have such a thing, but if we were to have a UR Litmus Test, this movie would be as good as any. Like it? Great! You’ve found the right place. Don’t like it? Great! You’ve found the right place, but be forewarned…
Anyway, this film a hilarious, gross sex comedy starring Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere as two young horny, brutish ids. The story is picaresque and wonderfully unpredictable. Those who ever wondered how Depardieu became a star need look no further — watch him charm, cajole, browbeat, and threaten all around him while rocking a black leather jacket and purple pants. The delectable Miou-Miou stars as the frigid shampoo girl who discovers her orgasm, Jeanne Moreau is a hot-to-trot ex-con, and a very young Isabelle Huppert loses her cinematic virginity to Depardieu.
Watching this film — scene after scene, joke after joke — I thought there’s no way this could be made today. It’s weird how these sophisticated works can simultaneously seem so innocent and naïve. But hey, I’m a Blier noob and I know some of the guyz around here are big fans of his work. PR, Fabrizio, Sax, (and everyone else) — what say you?
- “Going Places” streams for free to all Amazon Prime members. You can also stream Blier’s “Buffet Froid” and “How Much Do You Love Me?” (another sex comedy, this one from 2005 and co-starring Monica Belucci as a prostitute) free of charge.
- For those in the Los Angeles area, Cinefamily in West Hollywood is featuring Blier this month. I’m gonna try to make it there on the 27th for “Get Out Your Handkerchiefs.”
- Fabrizio mentioned Blier and his father Bernard back here.