Two best friends plan to kidnap their boss's daughter for a quick buck after one of them feel cheated off of a higher position at work. Their carefully calculated plan quickly goes down hill from the get-go and a handful of screw-ups later they realize it will be easy to trace the kidnapping back to them.
If you don't mind when your comedies turn black in a second's notice, going from a laugh to a gasp, then "Mon Ami" might be up your alley. It's very much a comedy but one that will remind you more of a Coen brothers' comedy, or something like 2006's "Big Nothing". It's a pretty funny movie, but when it turns dark you've quickly forgotten about the quirky characters you're watching. "Mon Ami" succeeds with this mix better than most similar movies, and that's what makes this a fun watch.
"Mon Ami" uses the good old story of kidnapping the daughter of a boss. In this case it's Teddy and Call that does the kidnapping. They are your typical slackers who hate their jobs, but still want a much deserved promotion. when they realize that the promotion will go to someone else, they decide to kidnap their boss's daughter for a ransom. Things go smoothly for a little bit, but the moment they are going after her things start to go wrong. They accidently hurt her more than planned, their car window is crashed and leaving a trace, the guy helping them get supplies has his name written all over everything, Teddy's wife is calling them every other minute, and most of all they realize they're not the right people for the violence that is necessary.
With a typical setup like this, twists and interesting decisions are needed to keep the audience guessing, and that's exactly what Rob Grant is offering here. There are so many things you've seen before in "Mon Ami", but somehow they manage to make it feel extremely fresh in its execution. Many moments are actually filled with suspense and a sincere guessing of what will happen next - how often does that happen in a comedy like this? It successfully makes a few important scene even stronger using slow-motion. I can't spoil anything since this movie feeds on being sneaky, but there are some really impressive scenes in the midst of this comedy.
I especially liked that none of the violence was going for laughs. A lot of the time they are exactly as rough as they would be in a thriller, and the effects are far from silly. Instead, they're filthy, deep and gives you a salty taste in your mouth. This is another thing that helps you appreciate this movie as more than simply a comedy. Hell, the comedy might be one of the less impressive qualities. It's fun, sure, but it might be aiming a lot higher in some of the jokes than it manages to reach. It's not a movie that will rival with "Hot Fuzz" in terms of the comedy, but at least it stays fun and entertaining. I didn't laugh through-out, but I can't deny that it had its moments (the appearance of Teddy's wife might be the most badass part of the entire movie). What I'm trying to say is that it's not a bad comedy, but a lot of scenes that seemed to go for big laughs only got a chuckle or less.
All in all, "Mon Ami" was a fresh, entertaining and oddly violent comedy. It takes a plot we're familiar with and does its own little thing with it. At times it's a movie that could even please horror fans, and that should say a lot when we're talking about a crime comedy! I love it when comedies dare to be rough and dark at times, and this one does that perfectly. It exceeded my expectations by miles, as I went into it expecting a mediocre indie comedy.