It’s grossed 300 million dollars world wide since it was released in November, and it opens in the US—New York and L.A.—tomorrow. It’s The Intouchables, a French bromance between a quadriplegic and his carer, Driss, played by the dashing Omar Sy. It’s a typical buddy movie but carries its fair share of racial baggage. As you’d expect, the house is divided.
Mostly film critics: it’s a cheesy movie with a racist subtext.
The Masses: well, the box office speaks for itself.
Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir tries to look at both sides of the divide in this interesting piece:
It’s probably fair to summarize this movie as being the story of a paralyzed white man who needs the help of a younger, stronger, more virile black man to reconnect with his own masculinity, and if you want to say that narrative reflects an underlying latticework of racist attitudes, I won’t argue with you. Continue Reading:
But then watch the trailer and tell me you’re not going to see it when it comes to a theatre near you. It look pretty damn adorable.
TRAILER: The Intouchables