Up for Love

Up for Love

Up for Love

French rom-com starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) as a vertically impaired but charming man courting a tall female lawyer (Virginie Efira).

"Diane (Efira) is a successful lawyer three years removed from her divorce, and she has been romantically challenged ever since. But her luck changes one afternoon when a stranger calls her flat, having found her cell phone and wanting to return it. Over the phone, Alexandre (Dujardin) is both funny and charming, and the pair develop an easy chemistry with each other, leading to a date of sorts to return her lost phone. Eagerly arriving at the appointed time and place, Diane is caught completely off-guard when Alexandre arrives—all 4'6" of him. (He literally has to hop up into his café chair.)

"At first his stature makes Diane uncomfortable, but she soon discovers that Alexandre is pretty much the complete package—witty, intelligent, handsome - so who cares if she has to bend down to kiss him? However, Alexandre and Diane will have to face many other romantic challenges, including a full-sized rival as well as public gawking and the judgement of society, if they are going to make it to their happily-ever-after in this delightful comedic romp." (Seattle International Film Festival)

2016Rating: M, Coarse Language98 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
ComedyRomanceWorld Cinema
83%
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Reviews & comments

A delightful French farce that is funny and sad and loaded with charm.

You’ll search far and wide to find a positive review of this film but you have found one here. Like every romantic farce, Up For Love (2016) is a comedy based on situational humour rather than dialogue or action. It’s a genre that shows people revealing themselves by how they react to the unexpected and this one is funny and sad and loaded with charm. The...

4.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The film flirts with near-offensive gags and attitudes, but there's inventive use of forced perspective, even if the focus should be more on Diane changing hers.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The message would be more convincing if they'd cast a smaller actor instead of using distracting CG effects.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Dujardin does his best; he has charisma and suavity and plays the role's poignancy to the hilt. But it's more silly than funny, and audiences can be forgiven for wondering if an actor of restricted growth should have been cast.

2.0
The Australian

The Australian

press

The nagging feeling remains that for a film that appears to position itself as a comedic assault on political correctness, it pulls too many punches.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

...a lightweight crowd-pleaser whose deeper impulses are sometimes undercut by middlebrow choices.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...offers casual, light-hearted laughs...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An otherwise mundane rom-com that doesn't know how to handle its one point-of-difference; and even that isn't as much of a big deal as its writers think it is.

2.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The film flirts with near-offensive gags and attitudes, but there's inventive use of forced perspective, even if the focus should be more on Diane changing hers.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The message would be more convincing if they'd cast a smaller actor instead of using distracting CG effects.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Dujardin does his best; he has charisma and suavity and plays the role's poignancy to the hilt. But it's more silly than funny, and audiences can be forgiven for wondering if an actor of restricted growth should have been cast.

2.0
The Australian

The Australian

press

The nagging feeling remains that for a film that appears to position itself as a comedic assault on political correctness, it pulls too many punches.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

...a lightweight crowd-pleaser whose deeper impulses are sometimes undercut by middlebrow choices.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...offers casual, light-hearted laughs...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An otherwise mundane rom-com that doesn't know how to handle its one point-of-difference; and even that isn't as much of a big deal as its writers think it is.

2.0

A delightful French farce that is funny and sad and loaded with charm.

You’ll search far and wide to find a positive review of this film but you have found one here. Like every romantic farce, Up For Love (2016) is a comedy based on situational humour rather than dialogue or action. It’s a genre that shows people revealing themselves by how they react to the unexpected and this one is funny and sad and loaded with...

4.0