The Valet (La Doublure)
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When billionaire Pierre Levasseur is snapped by a papparazzo with Elena, his dazzling, supermodel mistress, he tries to avoid a catastrophic divorce by coming up with an outrageous lie. He asserts to his wife that a third person, a passerby, François Pignon, who is also on the photograph, was in fact with Elena. She's Pignon's girlfriend not his. Pignon is a parking valet. He's a very ordinary fellow. Levasseur, to back up his lie, has to convince the overly beautiful Elena to go live with Pignon. Elena, shacked up with Pignon, is a bird of paradise in an apartment in the sticks.… 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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