Capsule Review: "With a Friend Like Harry"

by Eric Melin on May 4, 2001

in Print Reviews

This French thriller borders on the absurd, quite like the Coen brothers “Fargo,” one of my favorite movies of all time. The first time I saw “Fargo,” like “Harry,” I didn’t know whether to laugh or be horrified.

Director Dominik Moll does a fantastic service to this international hit by letting the events unfold completely devoid of any editorial opinion. I’ve read a lot of comparisons to Hitchcock, and those comments are truly not far off. The action unfolds at a slow, classic movie pace, not the current MTV-style blitzkrieg that current audiences have become accustomed to. So when the characters get deeper and deeper into the far-out plot developments, it actually means something.

Sergi Lopez is terrific as Harry, and brings a believable human quality to a character that could have been a cartoon in lesser hands. “With A Friend Like Harry…” is very weird, very funny, and a very statisfying psychological thriller that explores familiar dark territory with a modern twist.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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