Do not get fooled by the French title of this Canadian movie, as “Mon Ami” is a purely Anglophone movie. Director Rob Grant explained, after the world premiere of his movie at the Montreal Fantasia International Film Festival, that he wished to have a sophisticated-sounding title contrasting his movie, which has two buffoons as the main protagonists.
Teddy and Cal are two long-time friends who had high hopes to make it rich in the world, yet were bitterly disappointed. They both work at a hardware store for a miserable salary. Teddy married the most controlling psychopath ever, affecting his relationship with his best friend.
One day, however, the duo comes up with a plan: kidnap their rich boss’ daughter and ask for a ransom, after which they will live the good life. Things go great in the beginning, but go horribly wrong once in the possession of Cristal, the boss’ daughter. Violent accidents begin to accumulate while the bodies begin to pile up in this hilarious film with an original ending.
“Mon Ami” packs some great humor with moments that make you wonder how stupid can they be. The director, present for the world premiere, along with the two main actors, explained that he only had a budget of $10 000-$15 000 and seems to have done a darned good job with that little amount. The two main characters are lovable and believable, since most of us know a friend who is a slacking slob and another who is dominated by his girlfriend. The actors, from Teddy and Cal, to Teddy’s wife, to Cristal, and even their boss, play to perfection their role.
An ending that you envisioned, but still didn’t quite see coming, adds to the hilarity of the movie. Think of this as “Dumb & Dumber” meets “Hostel”. I give this movie 3.5 stars out of 5.