The crew and cast return for a sequel to ‘Tanguy,’ the 2001 hit French comedy about a spoiled man-child who refuses to leave home.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to make a sequel, or resurrect a franchise, years after the fact. And sometimes it’s the equivalent of digging up a rotting corpse, forcing it back to life and then prancing it in front of the camera for 90 agonizing minutes.
Such is the case with Tanguy Is Back (Tanguy, le retour), a woefully unfunny follow-up to the 2001 comedy Tanguy that was a French box-office hit and national phenomenon — so much so that the film’s title became a sociological term known as the “Tanguy syndrome,” used to describe the state of its lead character: a spoiled twenty-something man-child who refuses to move out of his parents’ apartment. (It’s known as the Boomerang Generation in English. See also: Step Brothers.)
If the original film — which, like this one, was co-written and directed by comedie populaire guru Etienne Chatiliez (Life Is a Long Quiet River, Happiness Is in the Field) — now feels mildly amusing in places and completely outdated in others, the sequel is so painful to sit through that it is best illustrated by the script’s main running gag, which involves one character’s recurring prostate problems.
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