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The Valet(La doublure)

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France, Italy, Belgium · 2006
Rated PG-13 · 1h 25m
Director Francis Veber
Starring Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas
Genre Comedy

After a paparazzi photograph of Pierre and his mistress hits the tabloid, the wealthy tycoon's marriage falls into crisis. Divorce is not an option, since Pierre's wife owns the majority of their shared corporation. Desperate to convince her of his innocence, Pierre hires another man in the photograph to pose as his lover's actual boyfriend.

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Village Voice by

Of all of Francis Veber's farces (The Dinner Game, La Cage Aux Folles, etc.), this is the one that feels most like a sitcom pilot, which is to say it's a farce most forced.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

A sunny, cheerful, thoroughly artificial concoction, going nowhere with no particular speed. Still, better than your average airplane movie.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

Its punchline, imagining the worst that could happen to Auteuil's slimy exec, is weak and kind of dumb, but the rest of the film is genial, appealing, and brisk.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

A complete master of cinematic farce, Veber's latest venture, The Valet, makes creating deliciously funny comedy look a lot easier than it has any right to.


Variety by Lisa Nesselson

Layers of intrigue mesh with Hollywood-style efficiency, pitting sincere feelings against ruthlessly mercenary machinations. Also in Hollywood style, sincerity and integrity carry the day.


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

The films of writer/director Francis Veber are a bracing reminder that French comedies can be every bit as broad, unsophisticated and cliched as their American counterparts.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

If you love to hate the superrich, The Valet, a delectable comedy in which the great French actor Daniel Auteuil portrays a piggy billionaire industrialist facing his comeuppance, is a sinfully delicious bonbon.

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