The Closet (Le Placard)
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Forty-something Francois Pignon, who has worked for years as an accountant for the same contraceptive manufacturer, becomes suicidal when he learns that his company is downsizing and he is about to lose his job. Work means everything to this gloomy and boring little man since both his ex-wife, who left him after two years of marriage, and their 16-year-old son avoid him. But things are about to change when Pignon's psychologist neighbor persuades him that he can save his job by coming out to his employers as a gay man -- even though he isn't.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One reason that Veber's comic ideas are so effective is that, in addition to being very funny, they hit on the sort of sociological issues that people really do think about."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The level of acting elevates The Closet."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"If one didn't know any better, one would think that French farceur Francis Veber's latest comedy as a just-unearthed relic from the '80s, given how it treats homosexuality as some sort of cutesy novelty."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Veber has created a film which manages to be both humorous and thought-provoking."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"This is a film with gay/lesbian sensibilities that can play well with a crossover more mainstream crowd"
‑ John A. Nesbit,
"While the generally sunny tone and faultlessly charming execution of the movie ... keeps things bubbling along, there's a cauldron churning somewhere beneath."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A tour de farce from France's funniest filmmaker, Francis Veber."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"...there are a number of sequences that would clearly benefit from a more broad sensibility (there's a scene that's virtually crying out for a spit take, for example)."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"... a gentle and astute minor comedy of manners"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This one-joke movie manages so many imaginative wrinkles that it successfully extends the joke into a feature length film."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Perfectly built French tickler."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Wins you over with its devastating simplicity."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"all honours finally go to Veber, who has once again single-handedly changed the landscape of gay filmmaking, proving that gay subject matter can be financially successful without being condescending."
‑ Brandon Judell, UK
"A harmless, genial sitcom comedy that has little bite in its political and sexual agenda..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Genial, likable, and perhaps, in its own peculiar way, even thought-provoking."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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