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The Valet (2006)
"La doublure" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  1 June 2007 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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1 June 2007 (USA)  »

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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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Near the end, the father of François Pignon tells him that he is invited to a dinner to talk about his corkscrews collection. This is a reference to another Francis Veber movie, The Dinner Game (1998), in which a likable idiot (also called François Pignon) is invited to a dinner on the pretext of talking about his match constructions. See more »

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A wonderful romp.
24 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Since the general plot, etc., is pretty well discussed here, I won't bore you with the details.

This movie needs to be viewed for the love of it...not to be dissected and intellectualized.

This movie is simply a playful romp. AS Daniel Autille, one of my favorite French actors, gets deeper and deeper into his rouse he gets more and more desperate. His comedic turn is a delight to watch and proves his versatility. His last movie was the incredible "Cache".

Some of the set-ups are wonderful...who cares if some have been done before...and some are fresh and all are done with glee and panache. In fact all of the actors seem to be having fun.

One great aspect of this movie is that there is character development ... several characters are forever changed, for the better, by the end of the movie.

I have no qualms about recommending this movie to friends and film buffs alike. Just go and enjoy.

I hope some Hollywood type doesn't make an American botch job of this one.


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