REVIEW / FILM OPINION – Jeff and his family are back in Bouzolles for the Christmas holidays in “Les Tuche 4”. Olivier Baroux relaunches the popular saga by opting for a pure Christmas film while keeping his own comic style.
The end of year celebrations with The Tuche 4
After three films, we thought we had toured the Tuche. First, this family of simple minds from the village of Bouzolles had found itself a millionaire and had decided to move to Monaco. The Tuche thus offered the meeting between two opposing worlds: the rich and the working class. Afterwards, The Tuche 2 took us to America, before the third installment Father Jeff Tuche at the head of the country. What to do next ? Put the whole family on the moon? An idea that barely crossed the mind of Olivier Baroux and his co-writers (Nessim Chikhaoui, Julien Hervé, Philippe Mechelen and Jean-Paul Rouve). Instead, rather than trying to continue the bidding, the author found the best option. by proposing with The Tuche 4 a Christmas movie.
The Tuche family is thus back in Bouzolles. Jeff has resigned from his post as President of the Republic, Mamie Suze is looking for a Jules, Stéphanie heads the misses in the region, Wil has set up an animal shelter and Donald has gone green. Everything is fine, except for Cathy. The mother is going to celebrate her birthday and would like to see her twin sister for the occasion. Unfortunately, Jeff and his brother-in-law Jean-Yves hate each other. They will nevertheless have to take it upon themselves, at least the time of Cathy’s birthday. But subsequently, a new war will break out between them. Jeff taking advantage of Christmas for relaunch a small toy shop which will overshadow the giant of Internet distribution whose factory is run by Jean-Yves.
A pure Christmas movie
We find in The Tuche 4 the recipe that made the success of the saga. Absurd situations with characters often picked up. This is especially the case with Wil, unable to understand that the animals he collects are the basis of the meals cooked by Cathy. The naive and childish boy, totally disconnected from reality, takes on more importance here and becomes endearing. It is especially theone of the most successful comic elements of this opus, in large part thanks to the play of Pierre Lottin. Conversely, Théo Fernandez is unfortunately too far behind, but still offers some well-seen lines.
However, the originality of Tuche 4 does not come so much from his humor. Granted, this one still works just as well. Olivier Baroux knows how to make his characters funny without making fun of them, and always finds the right balance between absurd comedy and more childish humor. But the success of the film actually comes first and foremost Christmas movie genre that monopolizes the director. This is not a parody of the genre, but a first degree approach respecting the codes, while managing to make his crazy universe coexist. An approach that is reminiscent of But who killed Pamela Rose? (2002) which was not a parody aimed at making fun of the detective film, but a real buddy movie worn by quirky characters.
A comedy for young and old
Thereby, The Tuche 4 talking to a younger audience. There is a beautiful message on childhood, a critique of the giants of modern consumption and a magical vision of Christmas. An atmosphere close to the American films of the 1990s, with the added bonus of a not-so-evil villain. However, the older audience is not left out since, as said previously, Olivier Baroux’s humor is still present. We think for example of this brilliant nod to the long sequence of the fifteen bank cards lost in The Tuche 2. It is this balance between two styles that brings together two generations of spectators and especially to relaunch the saga. Coming back to something simpler, more intimate, The Tuche 4 opens the door to new adventures without risking weariness. At least for the moment.
The Tuche 4 by Olivier Baroux, in theaters on December 8, 2021. Above the trailer. Find all our trailers here.