The Valet (La Doublure)
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French farce master Francis Veber (The Dinner Game) combines slapstick laughs with rapid-fire dialogue as he tells the tale of a Parisian valet unwittingly drawn into the affairs of a wealthy industrialist. François Pignon (Gad Elmaleh) is a simple valet employed by a posh Paris restaurant. Blissfully unaware of the paparazzi stalking powerful businessman Pierre Levasseur (Daniel Auteuil) and his stunning mistress, Elena (Alice Taglioni), the innocent passerby François wanders haphazardly into the frame. Realizing that the common man in the photograph may be Levasseur's only hope of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not as outrageous or as hilarious as his best work, but it's still charming, even when it isn't finding the funnybone."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Starts with a nice premise, but ends up fractured."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Cute, breezy, and fun."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Very, very sleepy and low-key."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Except for a slightly misguided final scene, LA DOUBLURE (THE VALET) is a great dessert movie: a brisk and breezy romp that will leave audiences smiling."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"It's all empty calories, of course, but that's what French pastry -- not to mention popcorn -- is all about."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Call it a sorbet, a soufflé or an amuse bouche, The Valet is a satisfying antidote to the overload and bombast that run rampant in American movies at this time of the year."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"There are a few extra plot threads that feel like parking spaces that don't quite fit, but the story is squeezed in anyway. I'd still check out the valet."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"The movie is so tame you may find your mind wandering toward the casting of the inevitable Hollywood remake. (Jonah Hill as Pignon, perhaps?)"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"I kept fantasizing about how great this film would have been if Eric Rohmer had made it."
‑ John Thomason, Orlando Weekly
"Veber's script is masterfully constructed to increase the laughs as the scheme grows more and more convoluted."
‑ Hap Erstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A deft, daft, totally unbelievable yet somehow totally engaging comedy."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"A charming if familiar French comedy of manners, again showing writer-director Francis Veber's skillful touch as a farceur, this time with elegant British actress Kristin Scott Thomas and vet Daniel Auteuil, who could have played this role in his sleep"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"I can even see Adam Sandler starring in an American remake. Can't you just see a dopey, befuddled Sandler sharing a lumpy little twin bed with, say, Jessica Alba?"
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
"If you're in the mood for Gallic lightheartedness, you know where to go."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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