Handy Man | Chicago Reader

Handy Man

Writer-director Michel Leclerc's romantic comedy about opposites who attract is a leaden mess. A scruffy middle-aged slacker (Kad Merad of The Chorus) meets a lovely, industrious artisan (Modigliani's Elsa Zylberstein), and charmed by her joie de vivre, her habit of peeing in public, and the prospect of free rent, he marries her. Five years later, their union in trouble, he invents a simple pocket tool that could make them rich. Given that there's not one convincing element in the entire movie, the appearance of a deus ex machina to wrap things up quickly comes none too soon. In French with subtitles. 88 min.

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