The Château
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Two siblings with practically nothing in common are brought together by a real estate deal that threatens to leave them even more at odds than they were before in this semi-improvised comedy. Graham (Paul Rudd) and Rex (Romany Malco) are about as different as two brothers can get -- Graham is sloppy, lackadaisical, and in a state of puzzled wonderment about the world around him, while Rex (his real name is Alan, but he thinks Rex sounds better) is a tightly focused aspiring e-commerce tycoon. Graham and Rex also don't look much like brothers; Rex is adopted, which explains why he's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"The new faces are interesting, but the old story isn't, especially when it starts to seem more improvised than scripted."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A culture clash comedy only half as clever as it thinks it is."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Unfunny from beginning to even after the end."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"There's a spontaneity to The Chateau, a sense of light-heartedness, that makes it attractive throughout."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Given too much time to consider the looseness of the piece, the picture begins to resemble the shapeless, grasping actors' workshop that it is."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Funny, even after it has run out of ideas."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A culture-clash comedy that, in addition to being very funny, captures some of the discomfort and embarrassment of being a bumbling American in Europe."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Once the viewer accepts the huge leaps of faith required in the film's premise, it's a lot of fun to strap oneself in and enjoy this goofy ride."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"Has an improvisational feel and a cheesy, shot-on-video look (why do that when you've got the French countryside as subject?), but that first hour is still worth seeing."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Nothing more than an amiable but unfocused bagatelle that plays like a loosely-connected string of acting-workshop exercises."
‑ Joe Leydon, San Francisco Examiner
"It's a likeable piece and a prime audition reel for both Rudd and Malco."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Thanks to The Château's balance of whimsicality, narrative discipline and serious improvisation, almost every relationship and personality in the film yields surprises."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"There are enough of the usual only-in-the-movies misunderstandings between Graham and Allen to delay any sort of resolution, but director Jesse Peretz neglects to fill the gaps with any memorably diverting action."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"The uneven movie does have its charms and its funny moments but not quite enough of them."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"'The Château is never quite able to overcome the cultural moat surrounding its ludicrous and contrived plot.'"
‑ Anita Schmaltz, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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