Many men dream of dating a seemingly unattainable beauty. In Lost and Found, David Spade ( Just Shoot Me, Saturday Night Live, Tommy Boy) stars as an everyman wooing a Venus.
After his girlfriend dumps him, Dylan Ramsey (Spade) finds that his plans for expanding his restaurant are in jeopardy. It helps when a stunning professional cellist, Lila Dubois (Sophie Marceau), moves in next door. Weary of relationships, the only male that the Frenchwoman wants to cuddle with is Jack, her mischievous dog.
Dylan decides to dognap escape-artist Jack, planning to later return him to a grateful Lila. Unfortunately, as Dylan helps Lila to ‘search’ for Jack, her suave, rich, and unfaithful French ex-boyfriend, Ren (Patrick Bruel), joins the search, trying to win her back.
Home alone in Dylan’s apartment, Jack gobbles down an expensive ring Dylan was keeping for a friend. The dog then escapes from the apartment. Dylan must find Jack, recover the ring (not a pretty picture), try to win Lila away from her French Don Juan, and save his restaurant.
Spade shines as ordinary-looking but resourceful Dylan (he helps win Lila a coveted cello audition). His facial expressions and movements were hilarious, especially during a musical tribute to Neil Diamond.
The chemistry between Spade’s Dylan and Marceau’s Lila lacked spark, perhaps because the statuesque Marceau (the latest “Bond Girl”) was so much taller than Spade. Also, the award-winning French actress looked puzzled at times, as though she didn’t understand some of Spade’s jokes. Her dramatic moments were right on, especially a scene where Lila is looking into a bathroom mirror, deciding to free herself of her ex-boyfriend.
Lost and Found is worth seeing more for the humor than the love story. Spade’s mistreatment of Jack (no animals were actually harmed) mimics the comedic shock-humor in There’s Something About Mary. Director Jeff Polak (Above the Rim, Booty Call) crafted funny reaction shots, and Spade’s predicaments are fun and original.
+ Kendeyl Johansen