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Rated R

Comedy, Crime, Drama
A surprisingly sharp and entertaining film wherein Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself, sort of. After a custody battle for his daughter, Jean-Claude returns to his native Belgium, where he winds up in just the sort of situation his characters usually encounter in his karate movies—only now, the guns are real. Well, sort of, since this is still a movie. JCVD makes good use of nonlinear narrative, and Van Damme gives a much better performance than you’d expect from a guy who usually acts with his feet. The director, Mabrouk El Mechri, knows enough about the movie business to effectively parody it, but has enough sympathy for the audience to do so without resorting to incomprehensible inside jokes. On the whole, this is a funny and smart film that shows that Jean-Claude Van Damme is no Steven Seagal.

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The Coast Halifax JCVD He's no Mickey Rourke, but Jean-Claude Van Damme deserves credit for bravery. by Tara Thorne 02/05/2009
Portland Mercury Jean-Claude Needs a Hug Jean-Claude Van Damme's JCVD is... brilliant? by Ezra Ace Caraeff 11/20/2008

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