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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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Maître Foix
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André
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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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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:

$193,920 (Belgium) (7 April 2006)

Gross:

$2,272,329 (USA) (26 August 2007)
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Trivia

Francis Veber: [François Pignon] features a likeable idiot called François Pignon. See more »

Goofs

When the president yells at Francois and his lawyer hang up the phone, you can see that the CISCO IP Phone is not even working and has the wrong date. There is no way someone would have been able to make a phone call using that phone. See more »

Quotes

François Pignon: A man comes home to watch T.V. It's not normal.
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References The Dinner Game (1998) See more »

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Composed and Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Frence Farce Fantastically Funny
9 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dany Boon (Joyeux Noël) got a César nomination for supporting actor as the best friend of a really lucky guy.

Daniel Auteuil (Caché, Girl on the Bridge) is hilarious as the billionaire caught with his supermodel mistress, France's Actress of the year for 2006, Alice Taglioni (The Pink Panther). François (Gad Elmaleh) just happened to be in the published picture, so they paid him to fake a relationship with Taglioni to fool Auteuil's wife, Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient, Gosford Park). She's no dummy, knows he's lying, and that's when the fun really begins.

Of course, our man François is really in love with Émilie (Virginie Ledoyen - 8 Women, Saint Ange).

It is all good fun and credit for that is not only due to a fine cast, but to writer/director Francis Veber (La Cage aux folles), who put together some great lines and a funny situation.

Please do not let them make a stupid American remake. It won't possibly be as good as the French version.


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