Chick Flicks: The Intouchables
My flick pick this week is The Intouchables.
While Prometheus will most likely rule the box office this weekend (and that’s okay, I enjoyed Ridley Scott’s haunting, thrilling, and yeah, scary, kinda-prequel to his landmark, 1979 film, Alien, and gave it an 8/10), my pick of The Intouchables has no big CGI, nor the big budget to go with it. I also think its a great date movie.
From France, and based on a true story, we get the story of an ex-con, African immigrant who becomes the caregiver to a millionaire quadriplegic. What follows, is two men – who’d never meet under regular circumstances as they come from two very different versions of Paris – becoming trusting friends, and teaching each other a few things about life.
The Intouchables has broken box office records in France and all over Europe, raking in $340 million. It’s easy to see why. Despite some cries of racism and cliché stereotypes, The Intouchables is nothing but a sweet, warm, funny movie which, yes, shamelessly pushes your emotional buttons at times the way The Blind Side did, but will have you leaving the theatre with a smile on your face. This movie is made even better by the two lead performances (Francois Cluzet & Omar Sy). And including some Earth, Wind & Fire songs in a film can never be a bad thing!
The Intouchables gets an 8/10