A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur)
A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur) (2008)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 4, 2009
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63%
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51%


Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

L'emmerdeur (A Pain In The Ass) goes through the motions smoothly, even lazily, providing increasingly-intermittent smirks rather than genuine belly laughs.

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George Palathingal
Sydney Morning Herald

Without being in the same league as last year's brilliant In Bruges, the comedy here sometimes comes from a deliciously dark place.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

The English title, I'm afraid, sums up the film.

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Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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.

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Brandon Judell
CultureCatch

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.

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Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Hilarious! This underwhelming comedy of errors has one faint distinction: it's strangely pitched, somewhere between deadpan and slapstick absurdity.… More