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Yes We Can (2012)



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Credited cast:
Vincent Desagnat ... Jordan
Loup-Denis Elion Loup-Denis Elion ... Mickael
Jenny Mutela Jenny Mutela ... Bonnie (as Jenny Mutella)
Michael Kirch ... Muller
Nicholas Dallas Nicholas Dallas ... Schmidt
Gaëtan Schmid Gaëtan Schmid ... Nikos
Nico Panagio ... Takis
Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi ... Kimaati
Dipuo Huma Dipuo Huma ... Femme de Kimaati
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Bradshaw Anthony Bradshaw ... Agent Jason
Leon Clingman ... Agent Henry
Sarah Muhoho Sarah Muhoho ... Femme enceinte
Vuks Ngcingwana Vuks Ngcingwana ... Husband
Matthew Dylan Roberts Matthew Dylan Roberts ... Agent James
Ian Strauss Ian Strauss ... Will


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Release Date:

30 March 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Obamama See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Politically incorrect comedy about two Frenchmen who can't
7 May 2012 | by TeeJayKaySee all my reviews

Even though this may not be the funniest or most original kidnapping comedy (a genre in which, for example, I would put movies like "Ruthless People" or "The Big Hit" at the top of my list), it adds a new twist by linking the comedy plot to recent events and, in particular, the ridiculous hype surrounding the African relatives of President Obama.

In this movie, news about the President's grandmother living in a remote Kenyan village prompt several amateur crooks to plot a kidnapping and demand ransom from the White House for the release of "Obamama," as the French kidnappers call her. The title is, of course, ironic, because: no, they can't. Their plans are thwarted less by the lax local security than by their own ineptitude. The various kidnappers get in each other's way, only to end up, more or less, empty-handed. I won't give away any details about the plot, but suffice it to say that it kept me entertained. French, Germans, Americans, Greeks, and Italians are all ridiculed equally (using plenty of clichés!), and the joke is definitely on all the "Westerners" interfering in the lives of the Kenyans.

This movie may not be for everybody, and you should not be ashamed of laughing at some rather weak and silly jokes (not always politically correct), but there is plenty of genuine satire (especially in depicting the Kenyan village with its ridiculous souvenir stands). The slapstick scene at the end is also quite funny … with a slightly altered presidential address that gives credit to the French (!) for (well, you'll see) – if that's not satire…

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