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Les Choristes

The French confection Les Choristes is now available on a skimpy, movie-only DVD —Matt Anderson (DVD review...)

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Isabel Fuentes is artistic, loves the desert and Las Vegas, and believes in destiny. Alex Whitman is an uptight, east-coast kind of guy with his feet firmly planted on the ground (what else would you expect from someone who’s last name is Whitman?). They have a one-night stand. She gets pregnant. On impulse, perhaps against their better judgement, they get married. Will it work out in the end or are they just two fools in love?

This being a romantic comedy, the answer to both questions is yes.

The movie sticks to formula and stereotypes. Isabel’s macho Mexican brothers and Alex’s WASPy parents come to mind. There are deceptions and opposites-clashing situations which tear the couple apart. In the end, of course, love prevails.

Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry are likable and charming. I wanted their characters to get together in the end. There was enough humor to keep the story lively. The plot may have been predictable, but I left the theater with a smile on my face.