A French Comedy With Little To Laugh About
The Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman is a real French misfire. In fact, this new Netflix comedy snorts so much cocaine that it winds up in a drug-induced stupor, laughing raucously at its own stupidity as it meanders through 100 minutes of misdirected humour and incredibly stupid plot beats.
Taking inspiration from stoner duos like Harry and Kumar and Jay and Silent Bob, The Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman follow two small-time drug dealers as they try to swindle and maneuver their way to the top. Along the way we meet Hedi’s sister, a gold-digger who’s managed to bag herself a rich husband in Arsene.
Set in the heart of Paris, this movie follows these two dysfunctional dealers as things inevitably turn from bad to worse, testing their friendship and limits along the way. As one may expect, the movie meanders through several different scenarios, each more elaborate and farfetched than the last, before topping it off with a bullet-dodging finale.
While there’s definitely a fanbase for this sort of crass comedy, Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman makes absolutely no effort to back that up with likable characters. Hedi is a swindler who tries to pass off dog turds for dope while Cokeman is a stereotypical madman, complete with dazzling pants and homosexual tendencies.
In fact, his entire comedy sketch revolves around this homosexuality, using the same tired, rehashed lines in a myriad of different ways to try and heighten the comedy. It never works.
Despite a few nice little character twists, the movie has a horrible tendency of throwing these characters into fits of laughter after any of their comedic lines. It’s almost as if the Director wanted a laugh track in this but instead had both the lead stars laugh as ridiculously and boisterously as possible to make do. The result is something that plays out as more of an irritation than an enjoyable romp.
Visually, the movies tries to take cues from other comedies of its kind, with lots of neon lights, quick cuts and bombastic special effects, but ultimately loses any of its pizzazz with such a bland and unlikable group of characters. It doesn’t help that the story is pretty uninspiring; we’ve seen these sort of scenarios play out numerous times over the years and the saving grace has always been the characters.
Given some of the great French comedies over the years, The Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman is certainly not one to add to the list. Avoid.