Movie Review: Samba is as risible as The Intouchables

On the evidence of their worldwide smash The Intouchables, as well as their latest comedy-drama Samba, writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano specialize in well-intentioned, crowd-pleasing bullshit. The Intouchables was about a wealthy white quadriplegic learning to love life again with the assistance of his black Algerian caregiver. It was as problematic as that sounds, though of course the film’s idealized, shamelessly hopeful approach to complex issues of race and class...

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