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THE BET OF FRIENDS; bacon on films MY BEST FRIEND COMEDY Cert: 12A ***.

Byline: bacon

THE French do some things better than anyone else. Wine, cheese (although Britain's on a par - mmm, strong cheddar), shrugging, executing monarchs, and cruelty to slimy animals.

But they're not world-renowned for comedy (except for Jacques Tati, who was doing Mr Bean in the 1950s but making it funny; Inspector Clouseau, who wasn't really French; and Serge Gainsbourgh, when he was drunk on a chat show).

My Best Friend won't change much, but it's quite good. Catherine (Julie Gayet) bets her unlikable antiques-dealing associate Francois (Daniel Auteuil - star of two cracking French films, Cache and 36 Quai) that he doesn't have a best friend.

Of course Francois doesn't have one - so to win the bet, he grabs passing taxi driver Bruno (Dany Boon) and gets him to play the part.

They're like chalk and cheese, but slowly they both discover that, despite their differences, they're actually becoming etc, etc.

Light and likeable, this is your number one choice if you want to impress a posh girl by taking her to a foreign film, but don't want to fall asleep inside the first ten minutes.

***** SIZZLING: Don't miss **** SMOKING: Scintillating stuff *** TASTY: Worth a bite ** HALF-BAKED: Below par * PIG AWFUL

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 6, 2007
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