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“Smoking Causes Coughing”

“Smoking Causes Coughing” follows the Tobacco Force, a group of tokusatsu-style superheroes whose colorful outfits and team dynamic bring to mind the Power Rangers and Captain Planet’s Planeteers. Within a few minutes, the Tobacco Force blow up a turtle monster named Tortusse. They then go on a team-building retreat at the suggestion of their leader, a talking rat puppet. The Tobacco Force’s camping trip soon devolves into a pile-on of inexplicable and frequently interrupted plot twists, tall tales, and flights of fancy. There’s a lot of dead air and every time a character tries to distinguish themselves beyond juvenile gags about sex or violence, Dupieux, who wrote, directed, and shot “Smoking Causes Coughing,” abruptly changes his focus.