Humour does not come at all
THE title is not the only clumsy thing about French romantic comedy Happiness Never Comes Alone. Its heroine, Charlotte (Sophie Marceau), falls down and knocks things over with numbing regularity – one of the oldest tricks in the book for this kind of film. And the obviousness of it rankles. Sophie is falling flat on her face when she meets Sacha (Gad Elmaleh, pictured), a dashing composer who lives for his gigs at a club where he plays the piano and goes home with a different girl every night. Sacha and Sophie fall instantly in love, but Sacha dislikes children, and Charlotte has three. She also has a super-wealthy, jealous exhusband, Alain (Francois Berleand). Happiness Never Comes Alone delivers many of the things we love about French comedies. There are wonderful visuals of Paris, there is passion and chemistry between the two leads, yet it all starts to congeal as Sacha bonds with the littlies and learns the charms of being a family man. A subplot involving the musical theatre piece that Sacha is rushing to complete before deadline is not enough to push things forward through a mire of treacle and children’s vomit.
– NICK DENT
Happiness Never Comes Alone opens today.