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Romain Faubert (Dany Boon) is a hypochondriac of the worst kind. Everywhere he sees dangers for his health, every little pinch is a sign for a deadly disease and his fellow men are only breeding places for a lot of malignant bacilli. The neurotic Romain complains his suffering with beautiful regularity to his doctor Dr. Dimitri Zvenka (Kad Merad), who is also his only real friend for him. But Dimitri is not at all enthusiastic about the fact that Romain turns his life upside down again and again. When it comes to another real catastrophe and Dimitri's wife Norah (Judith El Zein) slowly loses patience with her good-natured husband, he comes up with a supposedly brilliant plan: Romain should finally find the great love and thereby lose the fear of life. But first dating attempts go naturally heartily wrong. Shortly before Dimitri finally wants to give up, he takes one last, desperate measure: shock therapy is supposed to be the last attempt to help the super-hypochondriac. And so the doctor takes him with him to an aid action - with unexpected consequences: Suddenly, Romain is considered the revolutionary leader of the small banana republic of Cherkistan. And of course this can only end in a chaos…
The great success of "Welcome to the Sch`tis" has certainly opened many doors for main actor and director Dany Boon. However, he has also led to all of Boon's subsequent works being inevitably compared to his surprise hit - especially when he once again plays the leading role together with his "Sch`ti" co-star Kad Merad. Super-Hypochondrion" cannot with the best will in the world withstand this imposing comparison. This comedy also has some very amusing moments and a wonderfully absurd initial idea to offer. But here Boon relies much more on exaggerated facial gymnastics and silly slapstick, which means he loses exactly what made the "Sch`tis" so successful: the heart-warming charm.
To claim that the "Sch`tis" is a prime example of subtle, witty wit is wrong. But the humor of the movie was also charming in its scenes dominated by Klamauk and the characters were absolutely adorable despite their quirkiness. And that is not the case with the "super hypochondriac". With his neuroses, he not only gets on Dimitri's nerves, but also the nerves of the spectators. And Dany Boon's exaggerated grimacing is also only funny to a limited extent. One could now argue that exaggerated playing of facial expressions has a certain tradition in French comedy. Just think of Louis de Funes. That may be true, but Dany Boon is no Louis de Funes with all due respect for his talent. And even he couldn't save a film with his grimaces if the rest wasn't right.
That doesn't mean that "Super-Hypochonder" would be a complete failure. There are simply too many successful ideas and good laughs for that. The fact alone that the film takes a completely different direction after about 45 minutes than one would expect from the initial situation or the trailers, must be highly valued for the comedy. It's just a pity that the many good approaches too often degenerate into pure clamour and silliness and thus lose much of their originally recognizable appeal. Surely no spiritual restraint should be expected from a turbulent comedy of confusion like this one. But even a turbulent story with a lot of slapstick doesn't necessarily have to turn up all the controls to generate hearty laughs from the audience.
If you just feel like french slapstick, you can't really do anything wrong here. Dany Boon and Kad Merad are simply an unbeatable team, even in weaker moments, and you can laugh at them over and over again. And the story is sometimes so wonderfully absurd that it's just fun. But those who expect a charmo offensive in the style of the "Sch`tis" - with which the film advertises offensively - and for whom Boon's grimaces from the trailer are already too much, should rather get sick before going to the cinema. Therefore the following applies: all in all only worth seeing with some exceptions!
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