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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Huge in France is a semi-autobiographical comedy series featuring French comedian Gad Elmaleh, who comes to Hollywood to chase the same fame he has at home as well as reconnect with his son. It contains lots of cursing, including "s--t" and "f--k," some strong sexual innuendo (including occasional simulated sex acts), and lots of arguing. Apple products are prominently visible and there are references to social media like Instagram.
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Absolutely HILARIOUS! A caustic and sarcastic look on the differences between European and American mentality that is so spot on and although so funny it doesn't compromise the level of quality humour for an easy laugh ! A must see!
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What's the story?
HUGE IN FRANCE is a semi-autobiographical comedy series starring French comedian Gad Elmaleh. Elmaleh is a famous comedian in France but has decided to move to Los Angeles to reignite his career and to be closer to his estranged teen son, Luke (Jordan Ver Hoeve). He quickly discovers that being a big star in another country doesn't help him very much in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, he must contend with his ex, Vivian (Erinn Hayes), and compete with her long-term boyfriend, actor and model Jason Alan Ross (played by Matthew Del Negro), for Luke's affections. As he navigates his way around with the help of his inexperienced, French-appointed personal assistant, Brian Kurihara (Scott Keiji Takeda), he tries to cope with his new life.
Is it any good?
This bland comedy series tells the typical story of a narcissistic man leaving everything behind to rebuild his life and family. However, what attempts to set Huge in France apart is the fact that Elmaleh was a superstar, once considered the Jerry Seinfeld of French comedy. However, the incessant jokes about his fame grow stale rather quickly, as his expectations of star treatment and instant success are dashed within minutes of getting off the plane in the United States. Even appearances by Seinfeld himself and other comics like Chris D'Elia don't do much to save it. The highlight of each episode is Scott Keiji Takeda, whose deadpan performance provides some smile-worthy lines. Ultimately, despite Gad Elmaleh's real comedy success in the U.S., the laughs here just aren't huge enough.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the difficulty of becoming a successful Hollywood celebrity for those from other countries. What do you think some of the challenges are?
Why do you think so many comedians curse in their comedy routines? Is swearing necessary to be funny?
Is the humor in Huge in France designed to meet the expectations of U.S. audiences? Are there elements of the series that might work better for French audiences?
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