The French don't always get the balance right in their farcical romantic comedies, but they usually win us over with goofy charm. Alas, the plan never quite comes together this time. A combination of wildly improbable plotting and odd casting choices makes everything feel so contrived that we end up not caring what will happen. Although it's impossible not to smile.
In Paris, Isabelle (Diane Kruger) has finally decided to marry her handsome fellow dentist Pierre (Robert Plagnol). But there's a problem: in her family, the first marriages never work out. So her sister Coco (Alice Pol) concocts a plan that Isabelle will fly to Copenhagen to marry and divorce in an hour, so Pierre becomes the more successful husband No 2. On the flight to Denmark, she meets loutish travel writer Jean-Yves (Dany Boon), and when her plans go awry she follows him to Nairobi, intending to trick him into a quickie wedding there. But of course, nothing goes as planned, and now Isabelle needs to track down Jean-Yves in Moscow to sort out the mess.
It's impossible to believe anything that happens in this film, as Isabelle somehow does all this globe-hopping without arousing Pierre's suspicion or jeopardising their successful dental practice. Even more ridiculous are adventures she has face-to-face with a lion in the Serengeti or drunkenly dancing in a Russian nightclub. But these things might not be a problem if Isabelle and Jean-Yves weren't such a mismatched pair.
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Isabelle is madly in love with her boyfriend of ten years Pierre and intends to marry him, but unfortunately for her a curse runs through her family which sees every first marriage end in divorce. In a bid to cheat her bloodline's fate, she decides to travel to Copenhagen to marry a stranger and subsequently divorce him so she will live happily ever after with Pierre. She meets Jean Yves, who falls madly in love with her, believing that she is also crazy about him. However, things go a bit complicated when the marriage comes about and she is left powerless over her situation when she is forced to come clean to him. She follows him to Kenya to try and get him to sign her divorce papers, but along the way begins to doubt her own feelings - about Jean, about Pierre and about her arranged marriage.
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