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What's In A Name (Le prénom)

Published in W
Thursday, 13 June 2013 02:13
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and sex scenes.

  • The pitch

    A family of friends.

  • Starring

    Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling, Guillaume de Tonquedec, Judith El Zein, Françoise Fabian

  • Directed by

    Alexandre de La Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Playground brawl. A man is punched, a man is slapped, objects smash. Mentions of mass murder, death from apoplexy, criminals, execution, fascism, being boiled alive, drawn and quartered, skinned, decapitated, being spanked as a child. The accidental deaths of two dogs are discussed. A hunting rifle is fired; bird shot (off-camera). Yelling, arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody nose, blood on face and clothing. Chipped tooth mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple is seen in several sexual positions. Kissing. Spanking (mentioned). Infidelity implied. Man in shower (no genitals seen), man in underwear. Nude couple seen having sex (no genitals seen).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine). Smoking (cigar, cigarette). Smoking while pregnant. Ativan overdose mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, slang terms for genitalia and bodily functions. Frequent name-calling. Derogatory terms for homosexuals. An item of clothing is referred to as a 'wife-beater'. Fat joke; crass joke about dead foetus. Religious references. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Friendship, marriage, relationships, practical jokes, secrets, revelations, grudges, forgiveness, philosophy, literature, linguistics, debate, choosing a baby's name, selfishness, love.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased husband/father discussed, funeral setting, dead dogs discussed, drowned man mentioned. Wife sleeping with husband's best friend (implied); man sleeping with best friends' mother (discussed). Childbirth scene, smoking during pregnancy, ultrasound. Frequent references to Adolf Hitler, the Führer. References to political dictators and serial killers, including Stalin, Pol Pot, Osama bin Laden. Superstitions, mediumship mentioned. Cat, puma. Fur worn. Original title is Le prénom, adapted from stage play. French language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Exceptional screenplay, witty dialogue, farcical, fun. Maintains theatrical feel of original work. Clever use of opening credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Conventional.