The Château
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Two estranged American brothers inherit a French chateau from a long-lost relative, but their efforts to claim it are stymied by the mansion's crew of uncooperative servants. With no hope of paying off the chateau's enormous debt, the pair are forced to sell the chateau, leaving a bewildered staff resorting to desperate and hilarious measures to keep their home.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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