Tonight at 9:05 pm, TF1 is broadcasting a crazy romantic comedy on the theme of fatherhood, carried by Mathieu Madénian (“Gloria”) and Claire Keim (“Unfaithful”). Do we watch or do we zap?
What is it about ?
Maxime is a hardened bachelor who takes full advantage of his freedom and assumes that he wants to live selfishly, without ties, children or constraints. He takes a dim view of this rather intrusive brother who comes to live at his place with his ferret. Maxime however agrees to help a couple of sterile friends who are seeking to have a child by artificial insemination, by going to donate anonymous sperm to legally speed up the procedure.
But shortly after, during a badly controlled drinking evening, the ferret accidentally bites the private parts of Maxime, causing a vasectomy which makes him permanently sterile. Suddenly realizing that he will never be able to have a child, Maxime tries to recover his gift, and learning that it has already been used, wants at all costs to know who will be the mother of his future and only child …
Ferrets, created by Stéphane Ribeiro and Christelle Parlanti
November 15 at 9 p.m. on TF1
Who is it with?
The comedian and actor Mathieu Madénian radically changes register after his participation in the thriller Gloria on TF1 by playing the hero of the Ferret, an immature and debonair old boy in the midst of a midlife crisis. Facing him, Claire Keim (Unfaithful, Harassed), accustomed to the dramatic register, plays a sparkling TV journalist, facing the comedian Booder (Beur sur la ville), Nadia Roz (La Faute à Rousseau) or Alexandre Varga (Cassandre).
Well worth a look ?
Adaptation of the successful German comedy Vaterfreuden (“the joys of fatherhood”) directed by Matthias Schweighöfer in 2014, Ferrets is initiated by the production company of Kader Aoun, essential stand-up producer of the French scene who notably created the last one-man-show of Mathieu Madénian, star of this new comedy of the unitary box of TF1 following the poignant telefilms He is She and The Last Part aired in early November.
Unlike the original German title, this local adaptation puts the spotlight in its title on the little hairy animal serving as a trigger for the adventures of the hero, Maxime, after the latter had his testicles bitten by a ferret following a game of legs in the air. Obviously, after such a pitch, we have some apprehensions about what will happen next.
Fortunately, the American Pie schoolboy humor is quickly evacuated to focus on the hero’s incredible quest for paternity. After discovering his sterility, he will discover that a woman became pregnant with him following a sperm donation that he had initially made for a couple of friends wishing to become parents, before experiencing an unfortunate sterilization.
By looking for the progenitor of his future (and only) child, Maxime will wonder about what it means to become an adult and responsible, and in the process, give love a chance to enter his life. The film then falls into the register of pure romantic comedy, when the hero takes it into his head to seduce Lisa, a famous TV presenter who is about to get married, with great blows of chance encounters and burlesque misunderstandings.
Like the charming Quebec comedy Starbuck, in which an immature man who donated a lot of sperm in his youth finds himself caught up by his numerous offspring who have come of age, Le Furet takes the party to make a comedy that is a priori gritty. a tender reflection on fatherhood and the coming of age.
However, the film is sorely lacking in rhythm and proves far too predictable from its introduction. Directed by Thomas Sorriaux, a director familiar with French comedies (La Dream Team, Les 11 Commandements), the film is neither cheesy enough“ for lovers of romantic comedies, not hilarious enough to convince over time. Fans of Mathieu Madénian’s comic slaughter will still find their account there, and Claire Keim is proving to be tasty in the register of comedy through a series of rather effective gags.