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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.

Director:

Francis Veber

Writers:

Declan May (adr writer), Francis Veber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gad Elmaleh ... François Pignon
Alice Taglioni ... Elena
Daniel Auteuil ... Levasseur
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Christine
Richard Berry ... Maître Foix
Virginie Ledoyen ... Émilie
Dany Boon ... Richard
Michel Jonasz Michel Jonasz ... André
Michel Aumont ... Le Médecin
Laurent Gamelon ... Paul
Patrick Mille ... Pascal
Michèle Garcia Michèle Garcia ... Louise
Philippe Magnan Philippe Magnan ... Berman
Jean-Yves Chilot Jean-Yves Chilot ... Hervé (as Jean Yves Chilot)
Irina Ninova 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

France | Italy | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Valet See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€25,320,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,552, 22 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,272,329, 26 August 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

François Pignon: A man comes home to watch T.V. It's not normal.
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Connections

References Le Dîner de Cons (1998) See more »

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Happy birthday to you
(1893)
Composed and Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Funny Funny Movie
7 June 2007 | by sidunrauSee all my reviews

This film is hilarious. The set up is a bit unbelievable, but the actors make it work - and mostly believably. The model in the film is refreshingly genuinely nice and not a caricature of a "supermodel." The depth of the main unwitting character, the valet himself, is a bit lacking - but hey, he is charming, as is the rest of the cast. Besides, since he is lovesick, perhaps his lack of depth is at least understandable. The feel of the movie is also quite uplifting - the bad guy loses in the end, and the good guys win. The ride is just fun, and filled with twists and turns, most of which the audience gets to be in on. The only character that was TOO shallow was the valet's girlfriend - she just didn't seem to be worth all the fuss, to me. I don't understand the PG-13 rating - it is not vulgar nor is there any nudity.


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