“What have we all done to God?”: the Verneuils have ideas

DECRYPTION – Acclaimed by the public during the previews organized in France, the third film is on track to experience the same success as the first two. And could restore the box office.

Astérix, Les Tuche, Camping, Ducobu… The great franchises of the 2000s in French cinema can be counted on the fingers of one hand. In this very closed club, What have we done to God? prances far ahead. In 2014, the French discover the misadventures of Claude Verneuil (Christian Clavier), a paunchy notary a bit reactive, Gaullist and married to the dyed-in-the-wool Catholic bourgeois Marie (Chantal Lauby), and make him a triumph. In cinemas, laughter bursts out at the concerns of this couple whose four daughters marry men of various origins and faiths. The cult replicas fuse at a steady pace: “Three wogs plus a black one for your parents, it’s Fukushima!”

Philippe de Chauveron’s film is the biggest success of the year. The Verneuils do better than the chimpanzees of The Planet of the Apes and the Gollum of Hobbit. In the offices of UGC and TF1, financiers of the film, the champagne is uncorked. Christian Clavier and Chantal Lauby are back…

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