Cote d'Azur (Crustaces & Coquillages)
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It's Summer Rental meets Blame it on Rio when a French family heads off to the Mediterranean for a sultry summer vacation in the ensemble sex comedy Côte d'Azur, co-directed by Jacques Martineau and Olivier Ducastel (The Adventures of Felix). When the head of the clan, Marc (Gilbert Melki), decides to tote his wife, Béatrix (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi), and his teenage children Laura (Sabrina Seyvecou) and Charly (Romain Torres) off to his childhood beach home on the Riviera, a number of sexy liasons ensue. Charly -- though straight -- must contend with the come-ons of his best friend,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As flippant vaudeville-style comedies go, Cote d'Azur is rather weak."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"While Cote d'Azur should be a vacation, it's often more like work just trying to stay engaged."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Delights and surprises, a combo that is important to many audiences."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"If anything, the film is proof that a European sex comedy can be just as boring as your run-of-the-mill comedy if the writing isn't up to snuff."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Bollywood musical revelry mixes with vaudeville's grand tradition of slamming doors to accent the comedy and emotional chaos."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"The gay-themed film's characters and complications are formula fluff."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"...an act of cinematic masturbation against pastel colors..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Valerie Bruni-Tedeschi (who looks like a Gallic Gillian Anderson) is superb here, giving a weirdly sexy, frequently distracted performance that works well."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Little more than an alluring travelogue with a side order of R-rated humpiness."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Co-filmmakers Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau are getting in the habit of offering imperfect but highly enjoyable concoctions in human quirkiness, this one strictly sudsy, and cute as a polka-dot bikini."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"You might call it a musical without songs (mostly), or a farce without enough doors to slam, or a comedy without enough jokes."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Works well so long as it is approached as a tongue-in-cheek farce as opposed to a plausible melodrama."
‑ Kam Williams, Denver Urban Spectrum
"a funny, sexy, and very French diversion that's as weightless as a Mediterranean breeze."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Abrupt cuts and reversals, repetition of jokes, and limp dialogue conspire against anyone's caring about the characters or their movie."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The film has the potential to be decadent (infidelity is here regarded as the norm and monogamy as an aberration), but Ducastel and Martineau somehow turn it into lighter-than-air fluff."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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