While most French comedies often give us the impression of being dated and hardly manage to make us smile with the impression that their mechanics are cruelly lacking in new ideas and are destined to offend no one and please everyone, it is good to find in the cinema La bande a Fifi which continues to dynamite the French cinema. While the team of the Bronzés marked the end of the 70s, this band appears more and more as their worthy descendant in their will to send back to the spectators the numerous flaws of our current society with a tone of their own.
The band Fifi after many sketches live in the program Le Grand Journal of Michel Denisot has managed to be noticed before finding their place in the cinema in many comedies directed by Philippe Lacheau, Tarek Boudali and the irresistible Reem Kherici. For his sixth film after Babysitting 1&2 (2014,2015), Alibi.com (2017), Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (2018), Super héros malgré lui (2021), the director, writer and actor Philippe Lacheau offers us here a new irresistible comedy with a perfect tempo that celebrates love and friendship.
The first part had been a real critical and public success with no less than 3.6 million admissions (9th biggest success in theaters in 2017) and we really understand the desire of Philippe Lacheau to extend this one by finding the main characters of the first part and offering a new axis to allow a staging of many gags just as effective and much less soft. This time the characters of Gregory (Philippe Lacheau) and Flo (Elodie Fontan) still in couple are going to pass the next step and decide to get married but having Flo's parents are presentable despite the infidelities of his father Mr. Martin (Didier Bourdon) as much as those of Gregory pose problems.
Between a crook father (played by Gérard Jugnot) and a famous actress mother of charm films specialized in the parodies of popular films, Gegory will have no other choice than to reopen with Augustin (Julien Arruti) and Mehdi (Tarek Boudali). But things that were supposed to be under their control will soon get out of hand, much to the delight of the audience. The many laughs in our room reveal that La bande à Fifi continues to offer us successful comedies with scenes destined to become a cult and above all a great care given to the writing.
Phillipe Lacheau has surrounded himself with Pierre Lacheau, Pierre Dudan and Julien Arruti to write the script and to offer us a comedy even more successful than the first part in which the numerous ubiquitous situations multiply and make the spectators spend an excellent moment trying to escape from the current moroseness between social movements, a war that continues in Ukraine and economic difficulties. Whether Alibi.com 2 makes fun of gypsies, soccer fans, wedding ceremonies and the difficulties of being in tune as a couple, the great care taken in the writing is clearly palpable on screen.
In the same way, the care taken by Philippe Lacheau to give his other half, the irresistible Élodie Fontan, an important role gives the film an undeniable added value. Their numerous battles work perfectly and remind us that succeeding in life is not only about having a decent salary, it's also about finding the one for whom you are capable of pushing your limits.
As in the previous episode, cameos by popular personalities are just as numerous here, whether they be singers (Pascal Obispo, Patrick Fiori) or well-known actors and actresses (Philippe Lellouche, Alexandra Lamy, Gad Elmaleh, etc.). Similarly, even if most of the action takes place in the house and its surroundings of the character of Gregory, the film does not forget its little exotic note with an escapade that skids in Morocco but also in places near Paris.
Philippe Lacheau is certainly a film buff and the many references to famous films such as Titanic are perfectly mastered and brought to life. Even if some will not appreciate this successful comedy and will note certain situations that may be too vulgar in their eyes, this film has at least the merit of making us laugh many times and especially show us that Fifi's gang does not shy away from anything and have managed to create with his films a real universe that we love and that we hope to see in theaters soon.
Directed by Philippe Lacheau
Produced by Christophe Cervoni, Marc Fiszman, Pierre Lacheau
Written by Philippe Lacheau, Pierre Lacheau, Julien Arruti, Pierre Dudan
With Philippe Lacheau, Élodie Fontan, Tarek Boudali, Julien Arruti, Didier Bourdon, Nathalie Baye, Gérard Jugnot, Arielle Dombasle, Alexandra Lamy, Reem Kherici, Gad Elmaleh, Romain Francisco, Théodore Le Blanc
Music: Maxime Desprez, Michaël Tordjman
Director of photography: Pierric Gantelmi d'Ille
Storyboarder : Eric Gandois
Editing : Antoine Vareille
Production companies: TF1 Films Production, StudioCanal, Axel Films, BAF Prod
Distributed by StudioCanal (France)
Release date: February 8, 2022 (France)
Running time : 88 minutes
Seen on February 09, 2023 at Gaumont Disney Village, Room 2 seat A19