By: Henry J. Fromage (Three Beers) –
Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath is France’s dashing answer to James Bond, a dapper super-spy who’s a little short in the brains department. I’ll cover both movies currently in the series in this review. We first meet our hero, otherwise known as OSS117, in Cairo, Nest of Spies. He’s sent toEgypt to investigate the disappearance of his former partner, who was running a chicken factory and investigating a shadowy secret society bent on revolution.
This movie came out in 2009
The sequel, Lost in Rio, transplantsOSS 117 toBrazil, where he uncovers a Nazi plot to begin an even meaner, more dastardly conspiracy: The Fifth Reich!
These movies play like a mash-up of James Bond and The Pink Panther, or if you prefer, a subtitled and not as snappy live-action Archer. Those are all heavy complements
I’m disowning this abomination
OSS117 takes all of the defining characteristics of Bond in particular and exaggerates them immensely. The result is a sexist, racist, colonialist character with a large dose of the absurd. Examples include frequent flashbacks and plenty of sly France-bashing. In short, hilarious.
While the first movie is good, a little extra toast to the second movie, which ups the ante on the ridiculousness, no small feat considering the first had a chicken fight.
I have to tack on a beer for the middle portion of the first flick. It tries to more or less have an actual spy movie plot, and the result is a middle that sags and drags a bit before a strong finish. The director must have learned his lesson, because there’s no such problem with Lost in Rio.
Both movies do have one problem in common, though. They get too excited about certain jokes, and keep pounding them into the ground to the point where they start to annoy.
We get it. Stop.
Three beers on average for the series, although you could probably get away with two for Lost in Rio.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a drink: every timeOSS 117 says something sexist
Take a drink: every timeOSS 117 says something racist
Drink a shot: for every homoerotic flashback