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Don't Die Too Hard! (2001)

La tour Montparnasse infernale (original title)
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Eric and Ramzy are working as window washers at the Montparnasse skyscraper in Paris. Thinking that he has a date set up with beautiful executive Marie-Joelle (who in reality hates his guts... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Judor ... Eric (as Eric)
Ramzy Bedia ... Ramzy (as Ramzy)
Marina Foïs ... Stéphanie Lanceval
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... De Fursac
Jean-Claude Dauphin Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Le commissaire
Joey Starr ... Le planton
Omar Sy ... Le taxi
Fred Testot Fred Testot ... Le policier fumeur (as Fred Testo)
Laurence Pollet-Villard Laurence Pollet-Villard ... La secrétaire (Sylvie)
Pierre-François Martin-Laval ... Le gardien (Jean-Louis)
Michel Puterflam Michel Puterflam ... Lanceval
Bô Gaultier de Kermoal Bô Gaultier de Kermoal ... Les Chinois (Ming et Chan)
Edgar Givry Edgar Givry ... Le faux gardien (Greg)
Pierre Semmler Pierre Semmler ... Hans
Georges Trillat Georges Trillat ... Peter
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Eric and Ramzy are working as window washers at the Montparnasse skyscraper in Paris. Thinking that he has a date set up with beautiful executive Marie-Joelle (who in reality hates his guts), Eric stays at work late while Ramzy hangs around with him. As a result, the pair witness a gang of terrorists seize the tower and take its late-night occupants (including Marie- Joelle) hostage. Knowing that only they can save the day, Eric and Ramzy swing into action. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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28 March 2001 (France) See more »

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Don't Die Too Hard! See more »

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Imagine "Dumb and Dumber" meets "Die Hard"
2 August 2001 | by fehrspSee all my reviews

"Dis 'Hard'" was what the posters for this movie read, a "clever" french play on the American film "Die Hard". La Tour Montparnasse is a blatant spoof of "Die Hard" by the two incredibly popular French comedians, Eric and Ramzy. I'm not sure there is an American equivalent to these guys, but Martin Lawrence comes to mind. Eric and Ramzy combine to create the "mis-matched" comedy pair: one tall, the other short, one loud, the other shy. Although this pairing has been done over and over and over again, Eric and Ramzy are good natured and playful and are enjoyable to watch.

The film, on the other hand, isn't so easy to watch. La Tour Montparnasse is the sole "skyscraper" in Paris, the natural setting for a French "Die Hard" knockoff. The movie starts off with Eric and Ramzy playing window washers on the side of the building. They are wasting time spitting off the building and trying to flirt with the women inside the building. Within 3 minutes of this movie, you have a rough idea of the intelligence behind it. It is dumb. It is childish. It has pretty low production value. But, there are some decent gags.

The scenes I thought were quite funny was a matrix spoof (yes, it's pretty topical humor) and an incredible spoof of Bruce Lee's "Game of Death." This joke probably flies by most of the audience (I think I was the only one laughing in the theater) but it is hilarious. There is also a decent "Speed" spoof at the very end of the film.

The negatives to the film? It is pretty dang homophobic. Apparently in France it is still okay to have homophobia in the films, but I found it a little jarring. There is a constant banter between Eric and Ramzy about "gayness." The production values for the film are also quite low, but considering comedies usually aren't huge budget blockbusters anyway, it's not such a huge deal. Maybe the most blatant problem is the film's tendency to act like "Scary Movie": it comes off as a series of gags with no real connection between them. The plot is thiiiiiiin and it serves only to bridge the gags or spoofs in the film.

Overall, I would give the film a middle of the road 5. It's not great, it's not terrible, and any Bruce Lee fan should definately watch the great spoof near the last half hour of the film.


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