The Valet

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  • Summary: When billionaire Pierre Levasseur is snapped by a papparazzo with Elena, his dazzling, supermodel mistress, he tries to avoid a catastrophic divorce by coming up with an outrageous lie. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. A satisfying contraption of twists, missteps, and blithe repartee that produces old-fashioned, honestly earned guffaws.
  2. 80
    This sublime French farce reminded me most of Billy Wilder.
  3. Francis Veber's latest offering, remains faithful to the formula -- broad farce leavened with witty dialogue -- that has made him France's most bankable comedy writer-director and a surefire hit with international audiences.
  4. 70
    The Valet does not show Veber at his best. His palate for misunderstandings of every vintage is as refined as ever; what he has lost is his taste for human failing.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    70
    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.
  6. 63
    As always in Veber's films, the predictability is part of the fun.
  7. 30
    Shot with the creative energy of a mediocre sitcom, the scenes play out predictable plot devices with minimal creativity and even less risk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 28, 2010
    10
    Excellent movie and definitively hilarious, it matches well the previous François Pignon movies The actors are perfect,Excellent movie and definitively hilarious, it matches well the previous François Pignon movies The actors are perfect, especially Alice Taglioni in the role of "Elena" (she's gorgeous) and Dany Boon as Pignon's colleague "Richard", Daniel Auteuil was excellent too as "Levasseur". Yet again Francis Veber is as funny as ever. Expand
  2. WayneD.
    Jun 30, 2007
    9
    Charming. I expected to be put off by the concept but found the relationship to be warm, charming, and absolutely funny. Dialogue, acting, Charming. I expected to be put off by the concept but found the relationship to be warm, charming, and absolutely funny. Dialogue, acting, and the scenes were well done, convincing , with real humor . One of the best films of the year for just enjoyment without complaint. Expand
  3. JoshF.
    Apr 29, 2007
    8
    A little silly and predictable, but the movie is undeniably funny. A great choice if you are in the mood for a light comedy. I found this to A little silly and predictable, but the movie is undeniably funny. A great choice if you are in the mood for a light comedy. I found this to be a fine follow up to both 'The Dinner Game' and 'The Closet'. The former is even briefly referenced towards the end of the movie. Expand
  4. PegR
    Jun 6, 2007
    8
    A smart, sweet, funny film. We enjoyed it.
  5. JohnC.
    May 5, 2007
    8
    Totally preposterous - but tou buy into it totally. Laugh out loud funny, and also very sweet. A complicated resolution makes it more Totally preposterous - but tou buy into it totally. Laugh out loud funny, and also very sweet. A complicated resolution makes it more satisfying. Watch for a dreadful American version in a few years. Expand

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