Lolo, which is returning to Maitland’s Enzian Theater this week following its “Spotlight” showing at the recent Florida Film Festival, is a French farce, with a dab of darkness.
Julie Delpy, who also directs and co-writes, plays Violette, a 40-something overbearing mother (with an even more overbearing son) struggling to find romance. Embracing relationship comedy and silly slapstick, the film features a deliciously creepy premise and somewhat competent performances but fails to produce intelligent laughs thanks to its ridiculous plot, uninspired writing, overbearing score and an almost total lack of comic timing.
Lolo (Violette’s 19-year-old son, played by Vincent Lacoste) strongly objects when his mom invites her new boyfriend (Dany Boon) to live with them. “We’re not going to play blended family like some dumb American comedy,” he says.
Instead, we get a dumb French comedy.
2 out of 5 stars