By Christopher Null
Marx and Miranda!?
That's right: The cigar meets the fruit basket headdress in a bizarre slapstick musical, with Groucho starring as an agent who convinces his only client (Miranda) to masquerade as two nightclub singers so she can get double pay.
Groucho is unfortunately without his brothers, and the picture gets a little thin when Marx isn't cracking wise. Rather, the musical numbers consume much of the picture, and the latter half focuses on a musical sub-story love affair between two minor characters, one of whom is Andy Russell (as himself). Miranda's moonlighting is only good for so many laughs -- about the 30 minutes it would take to fill a sitcom episode.
Otherwise, Miranda proves she can play a decent foil to Marx, who is on top of his game when it comes to witty repartee with a cast of otherwise nobodies. Worth a chuckle.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Wednesday 7th July 2010
Distributed by: Mars Distribution
Production compaines: Avenue B Productions
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Fresh: 10 Rotten: 2
Cast & Crew
Director: Alfred E. Green
Starring: Isabelle Huppert as Babou, Aure Atika as Lydie, Lolita Chammah as Esméralda, Jurgen Delnaet as Bart, Chantal Banlier as Irène, Magali Woch as Sophie, Nelly Antignac as Amandine, Guillaume Gouix as Kurt, Joachim Lombard as Justin, Noémie Lvovsky as Suzanne, Luis Rego as Patrice, Cyril Couton as Martial