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Oscar is a 1967 French comedy film adaptation of the play Oscar. The film was directed by Édouard Molinaro starring Louis de Funès. An American remake of the movie was released in 1991.

Bertrand Barnier (de Funès) is the director of a company. One day, his accountant Christian Martin (Claude Rich) comes at his home and wakes him up. He asks his boss a 100% pay rise. Then, he informs him he intends to marry his daughter. And this is just the start of a difficult day for Barnier.


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Oscar provides examples of:

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Bertrand Barnier threatens his daughter Colette to send her in a to a boarding school... until her majority... in Auvergne. (Colette cries louder after each pause in her father's sentence.)
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Colette wants to get married with just anybody to be free. She starts crying loudly every time she is annoyed.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: Christian Martin steals money from Bertrand Barnier and puts the money in a suitcase.
  • Chased Off into the Sunset: In the end, everyone chases Bernadette, the ex-maid, who has just taken the suitcase full of jewelry.
  • Chewing the Scenery: De Funes, as always, while experiencing a bad case of Sanity Slippage.
  • Comical Overreacting: When Barnier tries to convince Philippe Dubois to marry his daughter Colette, he opens a suitcase that he thinks is full of cash. It is full of underwear and he goes crazy.
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  • Contrived Coincidence: Jacqueline Bouillote, the girl Christian Martin is in love with, who pretended to be Barnier's daughter, is really Barnier's illigitimate daughter.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Bertrand Barnier commits frauds in the running of his business (therefore, he cannot denounce Martin's theft).
  • Dumb Muscle: Philippe Dubois, Barnier's masseur.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Barnier's wife is very observant of the masseur in his Shirtless Scene.
  • Every Man Has His Price: Christian Martin bribes Barnier's servant to get several services from him. Then he uses the jewelry to force Barnier to let him marry his daughter.
  • Everyone Chasing You: In the end, everyone chases Bernadette, the ex-maid.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Christian Martin converted the money he stole from Barnier into jewelry. The suitcase full of jewelry is an important plot device.
  • Fake Pregnancy: Colette tells her father she is pregnant, so that he will let her marry someone.
  • Farce: The movie is an adaptation of a theatre play in the tradition of French boulevard theatre.
  • The Film of the Play: The film is a faithful adaptation of the 1958 play of the same name. Louis de Funès played his role on stage before playing it in the film.
  • Foreshadowing: At some point, Barnier tries to convince Christian Martin that he has two daughters, Colette and Jacqueline. He even says that he did not know he had two daughters. Later, he is informed that Jacqueline is really his daughter.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The maid explains that her future husband does not have spots anymore. It is implied that it is a side effect of his defloration.
  • Give the Baby a Father: Barnier tries to find a man who is willing to marry his daughter to preserve the family honor.
  • Heroic BSoD: Barnier after learning about his second daughter. He stumbles around the house with a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Colette cries very loudly every time she is upset (and she is often upset).
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Barnier is informed by Charlotte Bouillotte that Jacqueline is his illegitimate daughter.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Christian Martin manipulates Barnier to get a pay rise, then to get Jacqueline's hand in marriage. Later, he gets Barnier's signature on a blank document that he transforms into a power of attorney. He also manipulates Colette to convince her that Philippe Dubois would be a better husband than him.
    • Bertrand Barnier manipulates Martin to get the jewelry and to force him to marry his daughter after understanding that he is not in love with his daughter, but with Jacqueline. He also manipulates Philippe Dubois to convince him to marry Colette.
  • Not So Different: Bertrand Barnier and Christian Martin realize they are both crooks, so they think they will get along well as father- and son-in-law.
  • Satchel Switcheroo: A suitcase full of jewelry, a suitcase full of money and a suitcase full of underwear are continually switched.
  • Secondary Character Title: Oscar is Barnier's driver and only appears in a couple of scenes.
  • Shirtless Scene: Philippe Dubois, Barnier's masseur, is invited to remove his shirt to show his muscles.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Bertrand Barnier is the protagonist of the film, but he is a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
  • Zany Scheme Chicken: Christian Martin sets up an elaborate plan to force Bertrand Barnier to give him a pay rise and Jacqueline's hand in marriage. Then, Barnier sets up a plan to force Martin to give him the jewelry and to marry Colette. Then, Martin sets up a plan to force Barnier to give him back the jewelry.

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