Up For Love

By Angie Raphael

The definition of “charisma” in the dictionary should be accompanied by a picture of Jean Dujardin. In Up For Love, the dashing Frenchman lays the charm on so thickly that it is easy to get swept up in the 95-minute film without realising until afterwards that it lacks much substance. This remake of Corazon de Leon, by Argentinian writer-director Marcos Carnevale, has a simple premise. Successful lawyer Diane (Virginie Efira) gets a call from wealthy architect Alexandre (Dujardin), who has found her mobile phone, and after a flirtatious conversation they decide to meet for a drink, but Diane is shocked to learn Alexandre is only half her height. As they embark on an unexpected romance, the couple must endure criticism from friends, family, colleagues and strangers. Some of the jokes are a bit gimmicky, like the running gag about Alexandre's son's dog, but others are more successful. While the film is supposed to be a light comedy, it would have been more effective to have a poignant message about the central issue.