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30th Oct '13 8:55:34 AM FuzzyBoots
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''Intouchables'', the most successful French comedy film of 2011 and the second most successful ever, depicts one very unorthodox patient/nurse relationship. BasedOnATrueStory.

Meet Driss--young, obnoxious, shamelessly living on welfare and freshly back on the street after six months spent... [[{{Prison}} elsewhere]]. With little ambition and even fewer employment prospects, he crashes a job interview for the position of stay-at-home nurse for a wealthy tetraplegic aristocrat, simply wanting them to acknowledge his attendance and rejection so he can remain on benefits.

But when Philippe, the tetraplegic in question, takes a shine to Driss' [[BrutalHonesty blunt and pitiless demeanour]] in front of Driss and his bedside manners that would make [[{{House}} Gregory House]] proud, he decides to hire Driss on trial, betting that "he won't last two weeks".

HilarityEnsues.

The WeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[note]] less than 19000 spectators, vs over 19 million in Europe[[/note]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled Untouchable.
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!! ''Intouchables'' contains examples of:

* BasedOnATrueStory: On Count Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou's.
* BeardOfSorrow: Philippe grows one after sending Driss away.
* BlackSheep: Driss.
* BlueBlood: Philippe.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Philippe's daughter.
* BrickJoke: After a lot of talk about ears being erogenous [[spoiler: we see the interviewer of the delivery company reaching for hers when Driss' comments amuse her.]]
* BrutalHonesty: Driss' shtick.
* [[HumansAreMorons Critics Are Morons]]: A film about ThePowerOfFriendship breaking all kind of social and racial barriers was criticised in the States as being racist and offensive.
** It must be said that most of the audience seems to love the movie, unlike the critics.
** Even critics with positive reactions tended to compare it unfavorably to ''DrivingMissDaisy''.
* CulturedBadass: [[spoiler:Driss has become]] something of one towards the end.
** Philippe too. Both before and after the accident.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Both Driss and Philippe.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Played straight with Driss, with [[spoiler:LesYay]] flavour. Subverted with Philippe, as he first refuses, then finally accepts to meet Eleonore at the end.
* DrivenToSuicide: Driss [[BrutalHonesty bluntly]] says that he'd be if he were in Philippe's place. Philippe [[LampshadeHanging instantly points out]] that he's in no condition to even end his life.
** Amusingly, this trope is later PlayedForLaughs [[spoiler: with Philippe's daughter]].
* DrJerk: Driss' replacement.
* DontYouDarePityMe: What makes Philippe want to hire Driss.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Philippe's daughter does it when she passes next to a [[ShirtlessScene shirtless Driss]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: You know what kind of person Driss is just by his rather rude behaviour in the recruitment scene.
* GilliganCut: More than once, Driss says there's no way he's doing something, only to end up doing it a few moments later.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Driss' affection toward Magalie, somewhat. He doesn't ''want'' her, though.
* HowWeGotHere
* IHaveManyNames: Driss is short for Idriss, but his birth name is Bacari. In addition, the man that inspired the character is actually called Abdel.
* [[ImportantHaircut Important Shaving]]: Philippe stops shaving (well, at least he didn't let anyone shave him) after [[spoiler:he sent Driss back]]. When they are back together, his unkempt beard is shaven by Driss.
** Part of the shaving is PlayedForLaughs, leaving Philippe with a few ridiculous moustaches.
* InnocentBigot: Driss, which is in no small part [[DontYouDarePityMe why Philippe hires him]]. Other assistants qualify as well, but they are plain jerks too unlike Driss.
* [[spoiler:IncompatibleOrientation]]: Driss and Magalie.
* JerkAss: The [[DrJerk nurse that replaces Driss]] qualifies, as well as Philippe's neighbors, who use Philippe's entry as their particular parking place despite parking being forbidden there.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Played with. Driss can put Gregory House to shame with his rude behaviour. On the other hand, he is a genuinely caring and charming person, whose sense of humour carries the whole film, and who takes a great deal of time and effort making people around him feel better. By ''any'' means necessary.
* LampshadeHanging: Quite a few. [[spoiler: And one averted.]]
* [[spoiler: LipstickLesbian]]: Magalie.
* NobleDemon / EthicalSlut: Driss.
* OddCouple: Eventually leading into
** OddFriendship
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler:Yvonne and Albert, the gardener]]. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Driss.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: While Philippe (obviously) remains a tetraplegic, his friendship with Driss gives him the will to have a less reclused and more uplifting life.
* RaceLift: Driss, and by extension his family. The character is Senegalese in the film but the man that inspired him is an Algerian, Abdel Sellou.
* ScaryBlackMan: Taking into consideration his posture, strength and [[spoiler:being a former criminal, who still likes to carry a telescopic baton in his bag]], Driss does fit this trope nicely.
* SexySecretary: Magalie.
* SimplemindedWisdom / StreetSmart: Driss.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Subverted]]. Philippe tells Driss that he can see that him and Adama are brothers. [[spoiler: They are actually cousins.]]
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[DiscussedTrope discussed]], and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. Driss doesn't really understand modern art, to the point where he heavily mocks it; then he tries his hand at abstract painting. He starts with the intent of making a mockery out of it, but the painting itself turns out quite profitable when Philippe sells it as the work of an "up-and-coming artist" - to [[MagnificentBastard mess with the snobby, snooty people he buys art from]].
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Driss is attracted to Magalie, Philippe's redheaded secretary.
* WorstAid: When Driss learns that Yvette has attempted to commit suicide via Immodium, he jokes that next, she'll overdose on Tylenol. In actuality, Tylenol is very easy to overdose on. Twice the prescribed dosage can easily create irreversible liver damage in many people. Downing a larger amount can doom you to a slow and painful death, even if you seek medical aid immediately.

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''Intouchables'', the most successful French comedy film of 2011 and the second most successful ever, depicts one very unorthodox patient/nurse relationship. BasedOnATrueStory.

Meet Driss--young, obnoxious, shamelessly living on welfare and freshly back on the street after six months spent... [[{{Prison}} elsewhere]]. With little ambition and even fewer employment prospects, he crashes a job interview for the position of stay-at-home nurse for a wealthy tetraplegic aristocrat, simply wanting them to acknowledge his attendance and rejection so he can remain on benefits.

But when Philippe, the tetraplegic in question, takes a shine to Driss' [[BrutalHonesty blunt and pitiless demeanour]] in front of Driss and his bedside manners that would make [[{{House}} Gregory House]] proud, he decides to hire Driss on trial, betting that "he won't last two weeks".

HilarityEnsues.

The WeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[note]] less than 19000 spectators, vs over 19 million in Europe[[/note]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled Untouchable.
----
!! ''Intouchables'' contains examples of:

* BasedOnATrueStory: On Count Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou's.
* BeardOfSorrow: Philippe grows one after sending Driss away.
* BlackSheep: Driss.
* BlueBlood: Philippe.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Philippe's daughter.
* BrickJoke: After a lot of talk about ears being erogenous [[spoiler: we see the interviewer of the delivery company reaching for hers when Driss' comments amuse her.]]
* BrutalHonesty: Driss' shtick.
* [[HumansAreMorons Critics Are Morons]]: A film about ThePowerOfFriendship breaking all kind of social and racial barriers was criticised in the States as being racist and offensive.
** It must be said that most of the audience seems to love the movie, unlike the critics.
** Even critics with positive reactions tended to compare it unfavorably to ''DrivingMissDaisy''.
* CulturedBadass: [[spoiler:Driss has become]] something of one towards the end.
** Philippe too. Both before and after the accident.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Both Driss and Philippe.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Played straight with Driss, with [[spoiler:LesYay]] flavour. Subverted with Philippe, as he first refuses, then finally accepts to meet Eleonore at the end.
* DrivenToSuicide: Driss [[BrutalHonesty bluntly]] says that he'd be if he were in Philippe's place. Philippe [[LampshadeHanging instantly points out]] that he's in no condition to even end his life.
** Amusingly, this trope is later PlayedForLaughs [[spoiler: with Philippe's daughter]].
* DrJerk: Driss' replacement.
* DontYouDarePityMe: What makes Philippe want to hire Driss.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Philippe's daughter does it when she passes next to a [[ShirtlessScene shirtless Driss]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: You know what kind of person Driss is just by his rather rude behaviour in the recruitment scene.
* GilliganCut: More than once, Driss says there's no way he's doing something, only to end up doing it a few moments later.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Driss' affection toward Magalie, somewhat. He doesn't ''want'' her, though.
* HowWeGotHere
* IHaveManyNames: Driss is short for Idriss, but his birth name is Bacari. In addition, the man that inspired the character is actually called Abdel.
* [[ImportantHaircut Important Shaving]]: Philippe stops shaving (well, at least he didn't let anyone shave him) after [[spoiler:he sent Driss back]]. When they are back together, his unkempt beard is shaven by Driss.
** Part of the shaving is PlayedForLaughs, leaving Philippe with a few ridiculous moustaches.
* InnocentBigot: Driss, which is in no small part [[DontYouDarePityMe why Philippe hires him]]. Other assistants qualify as well, but they are plain jerks too unlike Driss.
* [[spoiler:IncompatibleOrientation]]: Driss and Magalie.
* JerkAss: The [[DrJerk nurse that replaces Driss]] qualifies, as well as Philippe's neighbors, who use Philippe's entry as their particular parking place despite parking being forbidden there.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Played with. Driss can put Gregory House to shame with his rude behaviour. On the other hand, he is a genuinely caring and charming person, whose sense of humour carries the whole film, and who takes a great deal of time and effort making people around him feel better. By ''any'' means necessary.
* LampshadeHanging: Quite a few. [[spoiler: And one averted.]]
* [[spoiler: LipstickLesbian]]: Magalie.
* NobleDemon / EthicalSlut: Driss.
* OddCouple: Eventually leading into
** OddFriendship
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler:Yvonne and Albert, the gardener]]. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Driss.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: While Philippe (obviously) remains a tetraplegic, his friendship with Driss gives him the will to have a less reclused and more uplifting life.
* RaceLift: Driss, and by extension his family. The character is Senegalese in the film but the man that inspired him is an Algerian, Abdel Sellou.
* ScaryBlackMan: Taking into consideration his posture, strength and [[spoiler:being a former criminal, who still likes to carry a telescopic baton in his bag]], Driss does fit this trope nicely.
* SexySecretary: Magalie.
* SimplemindedWisdom / StreetSmart: Driss.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Subverted]]. Philippe tells Driss that he can see that him and Adama are brothers. [[spoiler: They are actually cousins.]]
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[DiscussedTrope discussed]], and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. Driss doesn't really understand modern art, to the point where he heavily mocks it; then he tries his hand at abstract painting. He starts with the intent of making a mockery out of it, but the painting itself turns out quite profitable when Philippe sells it as the work of an "up-and-coming artist" - to [[MagnificentBastard mess with the snobby, snooty people he buys art from]].
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Driss is attracted to Magalie, Philippe's redheaded secretary.
* WorstAid: When Driss learns that Yvette has attempted to commit suicide via Immodium, he jokes that next, she'll overdose on Tylenol. In actuality, Tylenol is very easy to overdose on. Twice the prescribed dosage can easily create irreversible liver damage in many people. Downing a larger amount can doom you to a slow and painful death, even if you seek medical aid immediately.
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27th Oct '13 5:20:08 PM FuzzyBoots
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* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Driss is attracted to Magalie, Philippe's redheaded secretary.

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* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Driss is attracted to Magalie, Philippe's redheaded secretary.secretary.
* WorstAid: When Driss learns that Yvette has attempted to commit suicide via Immodium, he jokes that next, she'll overdose on Tylenol. In actuality, Tylenol is very easy to overdose on. Twice the prescribed dosage can easily create irreversible liver damage in many people. Downing a larger amount can doom you to a slow and painful death, even if you seek medical aid immediately.
13th Oct '13 4:30:26 AM rzorrz
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* DrivenToSuicide: Driss [[BrutalHonesty bluntly]] says that he'd be if he were in Philippe's place. [[spoiler: Later attempted by Philippe's daughter]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: Driss [[BrutalHonesty bluntly]] says that he'd be if he were in Philippe's place. Philippe [[LampshadeHanging instantly points out]] that he's in no condition to even end his life.
** Amusingly, this trope is later PlayedForLaughs
[[spoiler: Later attempted by with Philippe's daughter]].
29th Aug '13 10:40:40 AM DriftingSkies
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The WeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[hottip:*: less than 19000 spectators, vs over 19 million in Europe]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled Untouchable.

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The WeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[hottip:*: results[[note]] less than 19000 spectators, vs over 19 million in Europe]] Europe[[/note]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled Untouchable.
19th Jun '13 11:46:08 PM EchoGecko
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* [[spoiler:IncompatibleOrientation]]: Driss and Magali.

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* [[spoiler:IncompatibleOrientation]]: Driss and Magali.Magalie.
16th Jun '13 7:54:18 AM Naram-Sin
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''Intouchables'', the most successful French comedy film of 2011 and the second most successful ever, depicts one very unorthodox patient/nurse relationship.

Meet Driss--young, obnoxious, shamelessly living on welfare and freshly back on the street after six months spent... [[{{Prison}} elsewhere]]. With little ambition and even fewer employment prospects, he crashes a job interview for the position of stay-at-home nurse for a wealthy tetraplegic, simply wanting them to acknowledge his attendance and rejection so he can remain on benefits.

to:

''Intouchables'', the most successful French comedy film of 2011 and the second most successful ever, depicts one very unorthodox patient/nurse relationship.

relationship. BasedOnATrueStory.

Meet Driss--young, obnoxious, shamelessly living on welfare and freshly back on the street after six months spent... [[{{Prison}} elsewhere]]. With little ambition and even fewer employment prospects, he crashes a job interview for the position of stay-at-home nurse for a wealthy tetraplegic, tetraplegic aristocrat, simply wanting them to acknowledge his attendance and rejection so he can remain on benefits.



The WeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[hottip:*: less than 19000 spectators, ]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled Untouchable.

to:

The WeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[hottip:*: less than 19000 spectators, ]] vs over 19 million in Europe]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled Untouchable.



* BasedOnATrueStory: On Count Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou's.
* BeardOfSorrow: Philippe grows one after sending Driss away.
* BlackSheep: Driss.



* BrickJoke: After a lot of talk about ears being erogenous [[spoiler: we see the interviewer of the delivery company reaching for hers when Driss' comments amuse her.]]



* [[HumansAreMorons Critics Are Morons]]: A film about ThePowerOfFriendship breaking all kind of social and racial barriers was criticised in the States as being racist and offensive.
** It must be said that most of the audience seems to love the movie, unlike the critics.
** Even critics with positive reactions tended to compare it unfavorably to ''DrivingMissDaisy''.



** Philippe too. Both before and after the accident.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Both Driss and Philippe.



* DrJerk

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* DrJerkDrivenToSuicide: Driss [[BrutalHonesty bluntly]] says that he'd be if he were in Philippe's place. [[spoiler: Later attempted by Philippe's daughter]].
* DrJerk: Driss' replacement.



* EatingTheEyeCandy: Philippe's daughter does it when she passes next to a [[ShirtlessScene shirtless Driss]].



* IHaveManyNames: Driss is short for Idriss, but his birth name is Bacari. In addition, the man that inspired the character is actually called Abdel.



* [[HumansAreMorons Americans Critics Are Morons]]: A film about ThePowerOfFriendship breaking all kind of social and racial barriers was criticised in the States as being racist and offensive.
** It must be said that most of the audience seems to love the movie, unlike the critics.
** Even critics with positive reactions tended to compare it unfavorably to ''DrivingMissDaisy''
* [[spoiler:IncompatibleOrientation]]

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* [[HumansAreMorons Americans Critics Are Morons]]: A film about ThePowerOfFriendship breaking all kind of social and racial barriers was criticised InnocentBigot: Driss, which is in the States no small part [[DontYouDarePityMe why Philippe hires him]]. Other assistants qualify as being racist and offensive.
** It must be said that most of the audience seems to love the movie,
well, but they are plain jerks too unlike the critics.
** Even critics with positive reactions tended to compare it unfavorably to ''DrivingMissDaisy''
Driss.
* [[spoiler:IncompatibleOrientation]][[spoiler:IncompatibleOrientation]]: Driss and Magali.
* JerkAss: The [[DrJerk nurse that replaces Driss]] qualifies, as well as Philippe's neighbors, who use Philippe's entry as their particular parking place despite parking being forbidden there.



* [[spoiler: LipstickLesbian]]: Magalie.
* NobleDemon / EthicalSlut: Driss.
* OddCouple: Eventually leading into
** OddFriendship



* ThePowerOfFriendship: While Philippe (obviously) remains a tetraplegic, his friendship with Driss gives him the will to have a less reclused and more uplifting life.
* RaceLift: Driss, and by extension his family. The character is Senegalese in the film but the man that inspired him is an Algerian, Abdel Sellou.



* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[DiscussedTrope discussed]], and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. Driss doesn't really understand modern art, to the point where he heavily mocks it; then he tries his hand at abstract painting. He starts with the intent of making a mockery out of it, but the painting itself turns out quite profitable when Philippe sells it as the work of an "up-and-coming artist" - to [[MagnificentBastard mess with the snobby, snooty people he buys art from]].

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* SexySecretary: Magalie.
* SimplemindedWisdom / StreetSmart: Driss.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Subverted]]. Philippe tells Driss that he can see that him and Adama are brothers. [[spoiler: They are actually cousins.]]
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[DiscussedTrope discussed]], and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. Driss doesn't really understand modern art, to the point where he heavily mocks it; then he tries his hand at abstract painting. He starts with the intent of making a mockery out of it, but the painting itself turns out quite profitable when Philippe sells it as the work of an "up-and-coming artist" - to [[MagnificentBastard mess with the snobby, snooty people he buys art from]].from]].
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Driss is attracted to Magalie, Philippe's redheaded secretary.
2nd May '13 1:20:30 AM Silverblade2
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28th Apr '13 11:41:09 AM ErikJohnsonIllustrator
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The WeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[hottip:*: less than 19000 spectators, an even critics with positive reactions tended to compare it unfavorably to ''DrivingMissDaisy'' ]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled Untouchable.

to:

The WeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[hottip:*: less than 19000 spectators, an even critics with positive reactions tended to compare it unfavorably to ''DrivingMissDaisy'' ]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled Untouchable.


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** Even critics with positive reactions tended to compare it unfavorably to ''DrivingMissDaisy''
28th Apr '13 11:39:25 AM ErikJohnsonIllustrator
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The WeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[hottip:*: less than 19000 spectators]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled Untouchable.

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The WeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[hottip:*: less than 19000 spectators]] spectators, an even critics with positive reactions tended to compare it unfavorably to ''DrivingMissDaisy'' ]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled Untouchable.
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