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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 ... 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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One of the best romantic French comedies! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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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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Referenced in The Making of 'The Valet' (2007) 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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Seductive Word Surprises
15 November 2010 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Needing something lightly comic, Veber was my man.

His "The Closet" was trivial, but few trivial things are amusing and fondly recalled. Here, with a different actor, is the same character with much the same quality.

I won't bother you with the story. It doesn't matter. What matters is the way the humor is designed. Essentially all the humor is in the lines. There is no physical comedy here and almost no visual comedy. It is mostly in the dialog. Here is the trick: where other comedy is episodic and/or depends on a zany pace, this has pretty much a normal world, and normal pace. You cannot read the warning signs that a joke is coming. It could appear at any moment, and does from the very beginning.

So very early in the game we are trained to engage ourself very closely and pay attention. This is painless because the world we invest in is so light. We need erect no barriers. Because we open ourselves so, we anticipate what might be funny, investing in the possibility. The form of the thing enlists us in making funny.

This is easy to test. I believe it to be true, and honorably delicate in the way it helps us live.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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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:

EUR25,320,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,552, 22 April 2007

Gross USA:

$1,926,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,414,553
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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