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Review: 'Go With Le Flo,' or better yet, don't

Countless movies are funnier, cuter, livelier and smarter than "Go With Le Flo," but few match this proudly cheapo dud's near-contemptuous lack of thoughtfulness and entertainment value.

Seemingly made for a rare breed of moviegoer who's never seen a romantic comedy before, it asks us to care for a dopey, klutzy Francophile Berliner named Florian (Denis Aubert) who runs a French deli and (somehow) has a shallow, glitzy Gallic girlfriend (Leslie Dubreuil) he hopes to marry.

All along though his kind, beautiful best friend Jenny from the nearby bakery pines for him, because, one can only assume, she's never met any other man. (The smiles on the sweet-faced actress playing her, Marina Senckel, look forced.)

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This amateurish, terribly acted piffle, which devolves from dull conversations behind store counters into witless farce on a movie set, comes from a married pair of American singer-songwriter performers, Michael Glover (writer-director) and Robyn Rosenkrantz (producer), who call themselves Bright Blue Gorilla. One wonders how much better the proverbial roomful of typewriting primates would have fared.

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"Go With Le Flo."

MPAA rating: None.

Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Playing: At the Downtown Independent, Los Angeles.

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