A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur)
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A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur)
A man saves the life of a stranger and lives to regret it in this dark comedy from France. Jean (Richard Berry) is a hired killer who has checked himself into a Paris hotel as he waits to complete his latest assignment -- Randoni (Michel Aumont), a former mob boss turned police informant, is going to testify again his old colleagues in court, and Jean is supposed to rub out Randoni before he gets a chance to talk. However, while the chatty mobster is staying in the same hotel as Jean, so is Francois (Patrick Timsit), a press photographer covering the case. Nerdy Francois has just discovered… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"L'emmerdeur (A Pain In The Ass) goes through the motions smoothly, even lazily, providing increasingly-intermittent smirks rather than genuine belly laughs."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"Without being in the same league as last year's brilliant In Bruges, the comedy here sometimes comes from a deliciously dark place."
‑ George Palathingal, Sydney Morning Herald
"Francis Veber's touch of the absurd is in fine form in his latest comedy of errors involving a crim, a hitman, a suicidal jilted husband, his adulterous wife, her shrink lover and the hotel butler."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"The English title, I'm afraid, sums up the film."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"I never saw the original, I can only dimly remember the Billy Wilder version but hey, it works well enough to deliver quite a few laughs."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Veber, who has never met an absurdity he couldn't befriend, moves his comedy of errors along at a breakneck pace starting off with a ceiling collapse."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"Alas, not for a minute does the viewer care about any character, though admittedly it's mildly diverting and intermittently funny -- and occasionally blackly or incongruously so."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"The physical comedy works well, and while the farce is perhaps oversize for the screen these days, it is nevertheless an entertaining and genial trip."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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