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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

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, Le Dîner de Cons (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 »

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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(1893)
Composed and Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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if French films annoy you, then....
18 December 2006 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

see this one! THE VALET is hilarious! I haven't laughed so loudly and enjoyed a French farce so much since LA CAGE AUX FOLLES in 1980. No doubt there will be a terrible USA remake (hello Nicholas Cage, Nic, pick up the phone, it's Disney remakes on the line) which will blunt the silliness and sharpness of this Gallic comedy. Another comment on this site said it is a sure successor to Billy Wilder comedies and that is probably as close to the mark, generating the audience goodwill before they buy at ticket. And you should too; THE VALET like Wilder's ONE TWO THREE or KISS ME STUPID, is intelligent ridiculousness, all glossy with flowers and puzzled faces, retorts and door slamming, bumbling and embarrassments. If Blake Edwards was still making films this would his perfect project as a remake in the US; sadly I expect it to be handled by some MTV hack who will turn it into gravy with a few punches. But, see it first as THE VALET. Laugh. What a delight to see Kristin Scott-Thomas too. What a sly role for her. Yum.


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