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Film / I'm Dead but I Have Friends

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I'm Dead but I Have Friends (French: Je suis mort mais j'ai des amis) is a 2015 French-Belgian comedy written and directed by brothers Guillaume and Stéphane Malandrin.

A punk rock singer named Jipé dies while his group (Grand Ours, which includes himself, Yvan, Wim and Nicolas) was planning to make a tour in North America. His musician friends have a fight with his brother and steal his ashes (still intending to do their tour), then find out that he was homosexual and in a relationship with a man named Dany for five years. Dany wants to join them in their trip to North America along with his dead lover's ashes.

They travel and fight a lot. Yvan in particular doesn't handle well the idea that Jipé was gay.


I'm Dead but I Have Friends contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Armor-Piercing Response: As Yvan complains that Jipé never told his friends that he was gay, Wim replies that they don't tell everything. "You didn't tell me about that time when you had sex with my wife".
  • Ashes to Crashes: Related gags happen all the time. Some of the ashes are lost, eaten or mixed with those from a barbecue.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The group is named Grand Ours (Big Bear). Their logo looks very similar to the signs in Canada warning about dangerous bears.
  • Black Comedy:
  • Road Trip Plot: They travel a lot, using all kinds of vehicles and never reaching any destination.
  • Vomit Chain Reaction: The group's plane crashed in Canada due to a silly story of vomit chain happening in the cockpit.
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  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Two characters are dropped from the plot, as Nicolas misses a plane and Pierre isn't quick enough to leave an airport and join the others into a random train.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Wim is incredibly scared of flying.