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With: Virginie Ledoyen, Emmanuel Mouret, Julie Gayet, Michaël Cohen, Frédérique Bel, Stefano Accorsi, Mélanie Maudran, Marie Madinier, Lucciana de Vogüe, Jacques Lafoly
Written by: Emmanuel Mouret
Directed by: Emmanuel Mouret
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Language: French, with English subtitles
Running Time: 96
Date: 09/04/2007
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Shall We Kiss? (2009)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Tongue Tied

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Emmanuel Mouret wrote and directed, and stars in Shall We Kiss? as a slightly neurotic, slightly flustered, but likeable schnook who somehow gets the beautiful Virginie Ledoyen to think that he's irresistible. And so he has earned comparisons to Woody Allen, and indeed, Shall We Kiss? has an Allen-ish feel; but it also feels like a bad copy. The movie begins as Parisian businesswoman Emilie (Julie Gayet) gets lost in Nantes and asks Gabriel (Michael Cohen) for directions. They go for dinner and drinks and Gabriel leans in for a kiss. Emilie refuses and explains why in a long flashback. In her flashback, Judith (Ledoyen) is married but spends time with her old friend Nicolas (Mouret). One day he complains of a "lack of affection," whatever that means. To remedy the situation, Judith agrees to sleep with him. Unfortunately, following that, they find that they can't stop thinking about one another. So they concoct a preposterous plan to get Judith's husband to meet and fall in love with another woman. Gabriel even has his own flashback at the halfway point, just to be fair. Shall We Kiss? is as dunderheaded and lightweight as movies come, but your enjoyment of it depends on your love for French movies, and their predilection for talking -- and talking and talking -- about love.

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