The 5 best… and the 5 worst roles of Christian Clavier in the cinema


5. Grandpa resists by Jean-Marie Poiré (1983)

At a quarter past ten, fireworks by Michel Taupin. I have a date with history. ” In Grandpa resistsfor which he co-signed the screenplay, Christian Clavier took on the role of Michel Taupin, a Latin teacher who had become the fifth wheel of the carriage among the Bourdelle family, and resistant ” weak-willed to the limit of incapacity “, always next to the plate. If this grand-guignolesque parody of Army of Shadows has become a cult film, Christian Clavier has something to do with it.

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4. Tanned people go skiing by Patrice Leconte (1979)

In the role of Jérôme, the pedantic doctor whose pride is undermined, Clavier has reserved some of the film’s many cult scenes. We remember in particular the slalom competition: Popeye (Thierry Lhermitte) forgets to time it in training and invents a false record time. When it’s time for the real race, Jérôme flies into a rage when he realizes that his performance isn’t up to par. Before he became this screen eater, Clavier was just as funny in the collective.

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3. my best buddies by Jean-Marie Poiré (1988)

An air of Sautet, more rock. Jean-Marie Poiré stages the reunion of six friends of twenty years, the time of a weekend where nostalgia mixes with old grudges. Christian Clavier embodies Jean-Michel, the film’s narrator, a former hipster who has become a dentist. Madly in love with the beautiful Bernadette, former chorister of their music group, he has never been able to sleep with her and sees in these few days the opportunity to conclude. Jean-Pierre Bacri lends his features to Guido, ex-singer of the band, who has taken a vow of abstinence to avoid catching AIDS and compensates for sex by excessive sports practice. Dany, played by Jean-Pierre Darroussin, is a lunar and casual character, whose reply ” No man died will remain cult. A simple and moving film.

2. Santa Clause is garbage by Jean-Marie Poiré (1982)

A corrosive and cult film, bleeding dialogues and priceless actors. Thierry Lhermitte, Anémone, Josiane Balasko, Gérard Jugnot and… a legendary Christian Clavier, interpreting a depressed transvestite in search of love. It’s nothing to say that this is one of his best performances. With her wig, her leopard coat, her broken heel and her air of fake ass, Clavier is all at the same time hilarious, pathetic and touching. The scene, which still makes us die of laughter after the 3,000th viewing: the slow between the stuck Thierry Lhermitte, permanent of SOS Détresse Amitié, and Clavier alias Katia, to the sound of “Destiny” by Guy Marchand. And this reply, dropped by a Lhermitte, exasperated, in front of Clavier’s advances and haggard gaze: “ Get off me, dirty bastard! It’s not your feet that bother me, it’s your vice! “. Forty years after its release, we are still not recovering!

1. Visitors by Jean-Marie Poiré (1993)

Of course, we have seen it 40 times but we will always salute this monument of humor which sits The stupid dinner Where The three brothers in this decade of the 90s which was so successful for French comedies. The inventiveness of the scenario, the mechanics of the dialogues, the staging of Jean-Marie Poiré (who was not yet massacred with a chainsaw, as in episode 2) and of course the perfect duo Jean Reno-Christian Clavier still makes us laugh. In the role of Jacqouille the Rogue, the actor appropriates a part of the De Funès heritage to transform it into a character engraved in popular culture, a submachine gun of cult replicas.

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The flops

5. Asterix and Obelix versus Caesar by Claude Zidi (1999)

An inconsistent comedy, a clumsy staging and actors who do tons. In the forefront of which the Depardieu-Clavier tandem alias Asterix and Obelix, who replay the blow of their artificial squabbles spread out in guardian angels (Jean-Marie Poiré, 1995): “ He annoys me ! – No, you, you annoy me! “. In a tournament of slaps, histrionics and grimaces in front of a Depardieu, tough guy with a soft heart, Clavier takes no risks, simply offering a new version of Jacquouille the scoundrel, his iconic role of the Visitors. Far from the restrained cardinal of the legendary Gallic hero but quick to delight children. “ Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s he thunders. In Goscinny and Uderzo too. And to think that Jean-Marie Poiré had thought of Daniel Auteuil for the role of Asterix…

4. The Visitors 2, the Corridors of Time by Jean-Marie Poiré (1998)

But what is this binz? For once, Christian Clavier is not necessarily a victim of his choice of role (we are before the bourgeois period in a right way What the hell have we done?) but the law of the series: in this case, the rule that the second opus is less good than the first, or even downright bad. Hard, hard to pass after Visitors and its phenomenal box office success. So here are our two acolytes, Godefroy de Montmirail and his faithful Jacquouille/Christian Clavier condemned to go back and forth in time, in Revolutionary France or in the Middle Ages for Jacquard, the modern avatar of the Rogue, leaves to lose the viewer, as in back to the future 2. That said, compared to the American remake and the third installment, we are almost tempted to say that the Clavier-Reno duo save the furniture a little in these Visitors 2.

3. With open arms by Philippe de Chauveron (2017)

If you find the humor of What the hell have we done, With open armss, by the same director, has the lightness of a pachyderm in a skating competition. After the wealthy racist, Christian Clavier embodies the bobo politician who wants to clear his conscience by welcoming a Rom in his home (played by Ary Abittan). His dialogues are poorly written, his anger overplayed and the celebration of living together falls flat. ” Tonight we are all Roma! exclaims Christian Clavier, in a line that sums up the level of the film well.

2. Visitors to America by Jean-Marie Gaubert (2001)

And the American dream was shipwrecked. Conquering the United States with this adaptation of their masterpiece, Poiré (who signs the film under a pseudonym) and Clavier suffered more than failure: humiliation. Nothing is funny, everything is smoothed out, distorted, faded. Clavier, who likes so much to denigrate the French political correctness throughout the interview, submitted to the one from across the Atlantic and he took it badly. Hello boredom.

1. The bronzed ones 3 by Patrice Leconte (2006)

If you tan too much, you burn. The Splendid troupe returns and signs a film of great heaviness. Twenty-seven years later, Popeye, Nathalie, Jean-Claude and the others go on vacation together. Jérôme – played by Clavier – wants to win back Gigi, now in a relationship with Jean-Claude. We drag ourselves painfully from gag to gag. Christian Clavier no longer believes in it, neither do we. To win 1:37, you can watch the trailer. Everything is inside.

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