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

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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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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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29 March 2006 (France)  »

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Budget:

€25,320,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$67,552 (USA) (20 April 2007)

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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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 »

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Sweet and Funny
31 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed The Valet. It's a sweet little film that had me grinning the whole way through. My smiles were only interrupted now and then by bursts of laughter.

Gad Elmaleh plays a valet who through pure chance is photographed with a billionaire (the always wonderful Daniel Auteuil) and his mistress, a famous supermodel. When the photo turns up in the tabloids the billionaire must convince his wife that the supermodel is really with the valet, so he gets them to live together while his wife has them shadowed by private investigators. The plan backfires on the billionaire when he finds himself consumed with jealousy at the thought of his mistress spending the night with another man, so he also sends private investigators to watch them. Meanwhile the Valet has romantic problems of his own that are complicated by the fact that all of a sudden he finds himself shacking up with the most beautiful woman in France. It's a cute and funny little romantic comedy.


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