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The Valet (2006)

La doublure (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 1 June 2007 (USA)
A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage.

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Elena
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Levasseur
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Christine
Richard Berry ...
Maître Foix
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Émilie
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Richard
Michel Jonasz ...
André
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Le Médecin
Laurent Gamelon ...
Paul
Patrick Mille ...
Pascal
Michèle Garcia ...
Louise
Philippe Magnan ...
Berman
Jean-Yves Chilot ...
Hervé (as Jean Yves Chilot)
Irina Ninova ...
Marie
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A Parisian valet loves a woman who rejects him: she's in debt to open a bookshop, and he's not her ideal man. A billionaire two-times his wealthy wife with his beautiful mistress, a young supermodel. To draw the paparazzi and his wife off the trail of adultery, and to give his lawyer time to arrange a divorce that won't cost him a fortune, the billionaire pays the supermodel and the valet to pretend for a month to be a couple. Within days, the bookshop owner and the billionaire are jealous, the supermodel experiences life with a nice guy, and the valet has status and self-confidence. What will each do with newfound wisdom? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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valet | supermodel | couple | ceo | affair | See All (17) »

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A new comedy from the writer/director of The Closet and The Dinner Game See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Budget:

€25,320,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,380,705 (France) (7 April 2006)

Gross:

$2,272,329 (USA) (24 August 2007)
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Francis Veber:  [François Pignon]  features a likeable idiot called François Pignon. See more »

Goofs

Both Francois and Emilie purposely avoid going to Luigi's for lunch, but run into each other at another restaurant. However, in the next scene, Elena asks Francois "Did I upset the girl at Luigi's?" See more »

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François Pignon: A man comes home to watch T.V. It's not normal.
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References Racing Stripes (2005) See more »

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Pleasantly Surprised
29 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm 50/50 on foreign films as subtitles often give me tired-head. Having said that, this film is surprisingly witty, well-paced and in the spirit of La Cage Aux Folles or Victor/Victoria - without musical numbers.

If you've seen and enjoyed the original or foreign versions of The Monster, Night on Earth or the aforementioned La Cage Aux Folles or Victor/Victoria you shouldn't be disappointed. Like most recent releases it's long on closeups and two-shots yet lacks intimacy - which is OK for comedies of the ilk. And in the final analysis, the spirit of wacky comedy is clearly presented in a way that only the French conceive.

While not the pinnacle of Veber's cinematic achievements, it's certainly no bust. By comparison, the American master of this genre, Blake Edwards, has had his fair share of hits and misses and I could easily see him directing the American version.

In a nutshell, it's a nice little date rental - cute romance with a touch of culture and a lot of humor.


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