French Girl Review: Nothing to Swoon Over

French Girl (2024).

French Girl is a romantic-comedy film that explores the lengths a man would go to for the love of his life. Directed and written by Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods, the film stars Zach Braff as Gordon, a man determined to save his relationship with Sophie (Evelyne Brochu) after she accepts a job offer from her ex and moves to Canada. The plot follows Gordon as he tries to win over Sophie’s French-speaking family, navigate a new culture, and win back the love of his life. While the film has its moments of laughter and charm, it ultimately falls short of delivering a satisfying romantic comedy.

The film begins with a montage of Gordon’s attempts to propose to Sophie, including a flash mob dance sequence in the middle of Times Square. When Sophie unexpectedly moves to Canada for work, Gordon is determined to make the long-distance relationship work, despite her doubts. However, after a series of misunderstandings, Sophie decides to break up with him, leaving Gordon heartbroken. Driven by his love for her, he decides to travel to her hometown in Canada to win her back.

Once in Canada, Gordon faces many challenges, including a language barrier and cultural differences. Despite this, he shows determination to impress Sophie’s family, who initially do not take kindly to him. He is further complicated by the arrival of Ruby (Vanessa Hudgens), a free-spirited American who befriends Gordon and complicates his mission to win back Sophie. What follows is a series of awkward, cringe-worthy moments that elicit laughs but ultimately fail to capture the romantic spirit of the film.

While the film has some amusing moments, the storyline feels cliché and predictable. The classic romantic-comedy formula of a man fighting for his true love has been done many times before, and French Girl doesn’t add anything new to the genre. Furthermore, the characters lack depth and complexity, leaving the audience with little emotional investment in their journey. While the cast deliver solid performances, they are ultimately limited by the script’s formulaic approach.

The film’s strongest aspect is its depiction of cultural differences and the struggles of navigating a foreign environment. The scenes of Gordon trying to communicate with Sophie’s family in broken French are relatable and entertaining. Additionally, the film’s picturesque Canadian setting provides a stunning backdrop to the romantic storyline. However, these elements are not enough to carry the film, and it falls short in delivering a satisfying romantic-comedy experience.

Overall Thoughts

French Girl is a film with moments of laughter and charm. But, it ultimately falls short in delivering a memorable romantic-comedy experience. While the cast delivers solid performances, they are limited by a cliché storyline that lacks emotional depth and complexity. The film’s strength lies in its depiction of cultural differences, but this is not enough to elevate the overall experience. While French Girl may appeal to die-hard rom-com fans, it ultimately fails to leave a lasting impression.

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  • Cinematography/Visual Effects - 5/10
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  • Watchability - 5/10
  • Rewatchability - 2/10
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About Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and journalist as well as the author of While You Sleep, The Inspiring World of Horror: The Movies That Influenced Generations, and co-author of Out of Time: True Paranormal Encounters. He has been writing in the entertainment industry for over seven and a half years professionally. Throughout the years, he has written articles for publications including Gold Derby, Exclaim!, CBR, Awards Radar, Awards Watch, Flickering Myth, BRWC, Starburst Magazine, Punch Drunk Critics, Mediaversity Reviews, Vinyl Chapters, Northern Transmissions, and Beats Per Minute.