The Closet (Le Placard)
The Closet (Le Placard) (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 4, 2001
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A pleasant comedy with a great cast.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

James Berardinelli

The level of acting elevates The Closet.

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Michael Dequina

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.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

While the generally sunny tone and faultlessly charming execution of the movie ... keeps things bubbling along, there's a cauldron churning somewhere beneath.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A tour de farce from France's funniest filmmaker, Francis Veber.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...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).

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Perfectly built French tickler.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Wins you over with its devastating simplicity.

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Sara Michelle Fetters

While there are laughs to be had, on a whole Veber's new film is an unfunny and offensive disaster, wasting a truckload of rich comedic talent in the process.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Closet is a terrific and very funny film from France. With a great cast at hand, director Francis Veber crafts one of the best comedies that I've seen.… More
Jesse Ortega
This is a good movie, even if the plotting and execution are a little bit formulaic. But this was exactly the type of movie that I needed to watch today, after… More
Lucas Martins
Smart and funny, The Closet, is a good work of Veber, that don't leave without bring an anti-homophobia.
Sylvester Kuo
To prevent losing his job, Francois decided to pretend to be gay with the help from his industrial psychologist neighbour. Life goes from bad to good as he does… More
Bruce Bruce
This movie is in French with English subtitles, Don't let that keep you from watching it. You will laugh from start to finish as Daniel Auteuil plays the… More
Nate Harris
It's hard to convey humor in subtitles, I think. Anyway, gay jokes are passé.