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OSS 117: Lost in Rio2009

  • 3.6
The pride of French intelligence, Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath (code named OSS 117) has a new mission that takes him to the Bossa Nova Brazil of the 1960’s. Teaming up with a sexy Mossad agent, he has to capture a Nazi blackmailer with an embarrassingly long list of World War II French collaborators. With a jubilantly retro score and production design, along with flair for the cinematic vocabulary of the 1960s, the filmmakers again have the perfect man to send up Western arrogance, French chauvinism and bigotry in general with biting satire and scathing wit.

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It's not quite as funny or fresh as its predecessor, but it's s till a blast of comic-spy fun! Jean Dujardin is amazing as the dense, egotistical and bigoted super spy. Here, he let's himself look bad, with a paunchy gut and a thinning hairline to play an over-the-hill OSS-117. Plenty of sharp political and social commentary, coming from the mouth of a fool. Let's hope Hazanavicius and DuJardin do another one of these movies. It would be great to see a fat, balding OSS-117 swaggering through the 1970's.

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It's not quite as funny or fresh as its predecessor, but it's s till a blast of comic-spy fun! Jean Dujardin is amazing as the dense, egotistical and bigoted super spy. Here, he let's himself look bad, with a paunchy gut and a thinning hairline to play an over-the-hill OSS-117. Plenty of sharp political and social commentary, coming from the mouth of a fool. Let's hope Hazanavicius and DuJardin do another one of these movies. It would be great to see a fat, balding OSS-117 swaggering through the 1970's.

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With the return of De La Bath, the biggest lovable buffoon since Jacques Clouseau, it's reassuring to know he's learned no life lessons at all. In fact he seems even more wrapped up in his on tiny mysogynistic and occasionally inadvertent racist bubble.

This adventure sees our hapless agent travel to Rio in search of a nazi war criminal, not to arrest him, but to give him some ransom money in exchange for a microfilm list of wartime collaborators. After his first day there though he already ends up teaming up with a sexy Mossad colonel who does intend to bring the nazi in.

The writing is brilliant, deftly lampooning the spy genre whilst simultaneously revelling in it. Creating a character so blissfully out of step with world and sexual politics that's so enjoyable to watch is no mean feat, but Jean Dujardin pulls it of with comedic aplomb, opening the film with one if the funniest and most awkward dance sequences ever committed to celluloid, he instantly sells you on Agent De Le Bath.

The music, design and wardrobe of the film is pitch perfect, transporting you back to late 60's cinema so perfectly you begin to question wether this was just released in 2006 after being shelved for nearly 40 years.

It's a shame we'll never see further exploits of agent OSS117 because after his 5 star exploits in both Egypt and Brazil, I would follow this hero anywhere in the world. Even France.

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I hold out the faint hope that they'll do one more. OSS-117 in the 70's!

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More stylish but less funny than the original.

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Hilarious use of NON-politically correct humor, written recently bet set in the 1960s.

Not quite as good as the prior film, but it still has some great lines, and the swearing American spy is hilarious.

A wild trip!

Minus the at times over the top crude humor, it's charming.