What's In A Name?
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What's In A Name?
In the film, slick real estate agent Vincent (French cinema superstar Patrick Bruel) is about to become a father. At a meeting with family and childhood friends he announces the name of his future son, but the scandalous moniker ignites a discussion that brings the group's past bubbling to the surface - with hilarious, dramatic, and altogether unbelievable results.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is frivolous verbal jousting elevated to a blood sport by people who are much more resilient than they let on."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"An unborn's unlikely moniker is the simple but effective motor of What's in a Name?"
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, Variety
"Four of the five characters are really unlikeable, and the effect is of being trapped in a small place with five hideous people yelling at you - it's crushing, oppressive and claustrophobic."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"Dono de um senso de humor sofisticado, mas jamais inacessível."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"What starts as an entertaining exposé of Parisian society eventually becomes exhausting."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Merely a one-note roundelay of angry name-calling."
‑ Nick Schager, The Dissolve
"A comedy but only if you like blood sports. A screenplay that positively bristles with ... well, bristles, it's as savage as Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf or Carnage"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"If I found any one of these five relatable, I wouldn't be wondering what to call my son, but rather inquiring into an operation that would make procreation an impossibility."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Frequently delightful, full of ribald humor and compelling, intelligent debate."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Village Voice
"A huge hit in France, the film's verbal thrust-and-parry is so fast you do spend too much time reading the flashing of subtitles than looking at the gesticulations and exaggerated expressions of the players. Bring on the Americanisation, please."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"A little joke becomes the catalyst for the unravelling of relationships in this jocular French comedy in which egos, political beliefs, sexual orientations and trusts are thrust like daggers"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"This compelling if occasionally too boisterous work never quite breaks free from its origins but is a vivid piece of cinema nonetheless."
‑ Simon Foster, Screen-Space
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