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Merci Docteur Rey (2002)

A hot young phone sex addict and his narcissistic opera diva mom. A dangerously agitated hustler and a half-dozen dangerously agitated hustlers who look just like him. A tittering neurotic ... See full summary »

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Elisabeth Beaumont
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Pénélope
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Thomas Beaumont
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Claude Sabrié
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Murderer
Didier Flamand ...
Detective
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Taxi Driver
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Radio Interviewer
Dan Herzberg ...
Rollerboy
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Sybil
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Bob
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Herself
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TV Interviewer (as Yousry Nasrallah)
Canaan Marguerite ...
Gigolo #1
Olivier Augrond ...
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A hot young phone sex addict and his narcissistic opera diva mom. A dangerously agitated hustler and a half-dozen dangerously agitated hustlers who look just like him. A tittering neurotic who thinks she's Vanessa Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave herself. Pot brownies, puke jokes, a gay dad, a flying lesbian, Jerry Hall, a dead body and a fetish for Brian DePalma movies! Anchoring the mayhem is Elisabeth Beaumont, an American opera star visiting Paris to perform "Turandot" and dabble in some belated mothering of her 23 year-old son Thomas. Thomas doesn't need mothering; he needs some good hot manhandling. And, in the best DePalma tradition, the quest for sex leads to voyeurism and voyeurism, leads to murder. From there, it's just a short path to therapy. Unfortunately, the psychiatrist that Thomas visits is a little on the dead side herself, and a nutty patient has taken her place. Written by a fan from miami

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Comedy

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Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »
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3 December 2003 (France)  »

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Merci Dr Rey!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$512, 29 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,590, 31 October 2004
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Connections

Features Isadora (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Waters of March
Performed by Susanna McCorkle (Susannah McCorkle)
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
© 1972 ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM, CORCOVADO CORP
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a first film to be reckoned with
22 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

My partner and I went with a whole group of friends to see "Merci Docteur Rey" at the Reel Affirmations Film Festival (in Washington) and we all left the theatre fully in the film's thrall. It is not a `faux French farce' at all - because it's not a French farce! The director is American and although he gets the Paris stuff perfectly right, `Paris' is no more than a backdrop, a set piece. The interiors all look like they were shot in studio anyway. It's in a world of its own. Elegant. Sort of like early Blake Edwards. More much more `American' than `French', though - more a screwball comedy than a Feydeau farce! What a smart script. Couldn't hear half the lines because the crowd was laughing so loud. Hard to believe it's the director's first movie - it has a mature look and style.


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