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Int’l Critics Line: Lisa Nesselson On Jean Dujardin Secret Agent Spoof ‘Oss 117: From Africa With Love’

Int’l Critics Line: Lisa Nesselson On Jean Dujardin Secret Agent Spoof ‘Oss 117: From Africa With Love’

The cluelessly arrogant secret agent with a name as silly as his retrograde attitudes — Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka agent Oss 117 — is back in Oss 117: From Africa With Love. Everybody loves a secret agent, even a demonstrably buffoonish one, and versatile Jean Dujardin is a deadpan delight as the staunchly patriotic Frenchman whose adventures were last on the big screen in 2009’s Oss 117: Lost In Rio and 2006’s Oss 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies.

Michel Hazanavicius — for whom Dujardin starred in 2011’s five-time Oscar winner The Artist — directed the previous Oss entries. Taking the reins here is talented multi-hyphenate Nicolas Bedos (La Belle Epoque), and while the result is not consistently as funny as the first two installments, this is an entertaining popcorn movie that’s also a healthy satire of imperialist self-assurance, perhaps best summed up by Hubert’s sincere belief that everybody on Earth wishes they were French.

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