French Girl 2024 movie review

Where many contemporary romantic comedies stumble is in their laser-focus on romance at the expense of solid comedy. However, French Girl, an indie film from Canada hitting theaters this weekend, bucks that trend.

Featuring Zach Braff, Vanessa Hudgens, and Québécois actress Évelyne Brochu, this rom-com delivers laughs aplenty without skimping on charm.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Quebec City, the story follows Gordon Kinski (played by the disarmingly charming Braff) and Sophie Tremblay (portrayed by the effortlessly chic Brochu) on a journey from Brooklyn to meet Sophie’s family in Canada.

Think Ben Stiller’s antics in the box-office hit Meet the Parents (2000) meets the charm of Hugh Grant in Notting Hill (1999), as a lovably clumsy guy finds himself out of his element with his stunning love interest.

The premise is straightforward: Gordon plans to propose to Sophie, but she receives a job offer from her ex-girlfriend Ruby (played by the stunning Vanessa Hudgens) in Quebec City before he can pop the question. This sets the stage for a comedic showdown as Gordon attempts to win over Sophie’s Québécois family while Ruby tries to sabotage their relationship.

Directed and written by the debut duo James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright, the film is a passion project rooted in their personal experiences, adding depth to its sharp comedy and editing.

The chemistry between Braff and Brochu is palpable, anchoring the film’s blend of culture clash and ensemble comedy. Unlike some rom-com tropes, Sophie is portrayed as a talented chef with ambitions and a healthy relationship dynamic with Gordon.

The supporting cast shines, capturing the chaotic charm of French Canadian family dynamics. The seamless blend of English and French adds authenticity to the story, a refreshing departure from typical fish-out-of-water tales.

Quebec City emerges as a character in its own right, its historic streets and scenic locales adding to the film’s romantic allure. Braff and Brochu’s on-screen strolls through the city evoke a sense of nostalgia reminiscent of classic romantic comedies like the Before Sunset trilogy.

While the film excels in its humor and character development, it falters in its portrayal of the antagonist, Ruby. Despite Hudgens’s performance, Ruby lacks depth, leaving audiences questioning her appeal to Sophie.

Nevertheless, French Girl’s strengths outweigh its weaknesses, leaving viewers eager for a potential sequel. Much like beloved rom-coms before it, the film invites audiences to immerse themselves in the warmth and charm of Quebec City alongside its endearing characters.


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By acinetv