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I Do: How to Get Married and Stay Single (2006)

Prête-moi ta main (original title)
Luis enjoys the liberty of being single. He has a smell for perfumes and thus money. However, his 5 sisters and mom believe that at 43, he should be looking for a wife, not one-night stands. They find candi/dates. He hires a "fiancée".

Director:

Éric Lartigau (as Eric Lartigau)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Chabat ... Luis Costa
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Emma
Bernadette Lafont ... Geneviève Costa
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Francis Bertoff
Grégoire Oestermann ... Pierre-Yves
Véronique Barrault Véronique Barrault ... Catherine
Marie-Armelle Deguy Marie-Armelle Deguy ... Axelle
Katia Lewkowicz Katia Lewkowicz ... Carole
Louise Monot ... Maxine
Luce Mouchel Luce Mouchel ... Marie
Christiane Millet Christiane Millet ... Françoise Messier-Lalande
Aïssa Maïga ... Kirsten Hansen
Tatiana Gousseff Tatiana Gousseff ... Francine Lebrun
Alix de Konopka ... Sandrine Philippi ex-Bourrague
Eric Debrosse Eric Debrosse ... Beau-frère 1
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Storyline

At 43, Luis is a confirmed bachelor, happy with one night stands, a success as a creator of perfumes. He has one problem: his mother and five sisters, who form an intimidating family council, want him married. Luis contrives to hire a woman to pose as a fiancée who will jilt him at the altar, leaving him disconsolate, with an excuse not to marry. He hires Emma, the sister of a colleague. She restores antique furniture and wants to adopt a child from Brazil. Things go too well: when Emma doesn't show up at the wedding, Luis's mother requires hospitalization; only Emma can bring her out of her swoon. It's time for a new plan that involves more tangled webs. And the child? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

How to Get Married and Stay Single.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Goofs

In the scene where Emmanuelle is in the kitchen with Luis' sisters cutting the coriander, one of them corrects the way she is wearing her dress. They adjust it so it becomes off the shoulder on one side. The scene cuts to Luis and as soon as it cuts back her dress is back to being on both shoulders. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Donne-moi ton cul (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)
Written by Claydes Smith (as C. Smith), J.T. Taylor (as J. Taylor), George Funky Brown (as G. Brown), Robert Kool Bell (as R. E. Bell) and Ronald Bell (as R. N. Bell)
Performed by Kool & The Gang
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Good movie!
17 April 2012 | by rodris08See all my reviews

"I Do: How to Get Married and Stay Single" is an extremely funny film. I really enjoyed watching a family try to control a 43 year-old's life. It seems to be such a foreign idea that a family would go through such extremes but makes for a great movie. I also enjoyed seeing how the director and scene writers decided to make the main character use his heartbreaks as encouragement for a career. The fact that he was able to channel those feelings into making perfumes that reminded him of the women who broke is hear was incredible.

The director in this movie, Eric Lartigau, brought his skills from working not only as a director but also as a former co-writer, assistant director, and actor to this movie. Though he was more involved with directing TV series, his knowledge brought him great success in this movie. Following this film, he continued with his career and got nominated for a Cesar Award as Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie "The Big Picture."

This movie brings up the involvement family members have in each other lives as well as the extremes people go through for their families to back off. These ideas seem to be the most interesting because they are working against each other. On one hand, Luis (the main character) is trying to get his nagging sisters and mother off of his back in finding a wife because they are just annoying him while all they want is for him to have a wife to be happy and do things for him. It is a bit of a Catch 22 because you want your family to be happy, but at what expense? Will you nag them to death because you think it is best for them? Hopefully not.

The setting of this movie was very modern. It gives the audience a great full view of their lives. It made the movie more believable and realistic by having such a broad and diverse setting throughout the film. It shows multiple sections of the office wear Luis works as well as his house, mother's house, etc. I also think Lartigau did a wonderful job in directing. He also got the actors feel believable. By the end of the movie, you feel a sense of a connection with each person. You feel exactly how they do and grow a sense of respect for each character.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 November 2006 (France) See more »

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Budget:

EUR8,900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,178,449
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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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