OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
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A box-office sensation in France, comic star Jean Dujardin stars as secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, who in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau somehow succeeds in spite of his ineptitude. After a fellow agent and close friend is murdered, Hubert is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo. This is to be his cover while he investigates Jack's death, monitors the Suez Canal, checks up on the Brits and Soviets, burnishes France's reputation, quells a fundamentalist rebellion and brokers peace in the Middle East. A blithe and witty send-up not only of spy films of that era and the suave secret agent figure but also neo-colonialism, ethnocentrism and the very idea of Western covert action in the Middle East.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 50
- Fresh: 39
- Rotten: 11
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Mr. Dujardin, a skilled comedian, deftly embodies the spy's combination of cluelessness and condescension, but it's an act that eventually wears thin.
Fresh: I don't know that we actually need Agent OSS 117, but the world is a slightly better place with him around. And the film itself is a harmless trifle -- make that truffle, chocolate of course.
Fresh: A very funny French comedy of a variety that usually doesn't make its way here.
Fresh: A reasonably pleasant surprise.
a true chef d'oeuvre! must see . buy -do not rent- because it gets funnier every time you watch it.