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Après vous (After You) (2003)

tomatometer

57

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 28

This farcical French comedy of errors is well-acted, but the absurdities feel too forced to make such a light confection work.

58

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 10

This farcical French comedy of errors is well-acted, but the absurdities feel too forced to make such a light confection work.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Movie Info

Antoine (Daniel Auteuil of The Closet), the busy manager of a fancy restaurant, cuts through a park in his rush to meet his frustrated girlfriend, Christine (Marilyne Canto), when he stumbles across Louis (José Garcia) attempting to hang himself. Antoine foils his efforts and takes the intensely phobic, despondent klutz home, much to Christine's chagrin. Lovesick Louis recalls that he's sent his "suicide note" to his elderly grandparents, so Antoine goes with him to intercept the letter. Antoine

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Benoît Graffin

Nov 8, 2005

$0.6M

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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (28) | DVD (6)

A light, entertaining comedy with little, if any, redeeming value, other than a few good laughs.

September 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Although the ingredients are excellent, the result is an overcooked comedy more often provoking indigestion than laughter.

August 25, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A lightweight farce that remains enjoyable primarily for the time spent with Auteuil.

August 5, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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Salvadori and his fellow screenwriters invent clever complications to keep us amused.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This dumb romantic comedy is not in the same class with Jean Renoir's masterful Boudu Saved From Drowning, though it toys with the same plot line.

August 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Auteuil... finds himself in Antoine's situation, helping out a hapless wreck and being dragged down in the process.

July 22, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

The movie doesn't ask you to laugh at somebody's unhappiness, just the incredibly absurd situations that arise when misery has two goofballs for company.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Apres Vous ... is less peculiar but considerably more contrived, more forced than Girl on the Bridge.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Unfolds with the light and civilized touch that Americans associate with French farce, but it's as contrived as any Hollywood comedy.

July 15, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The result may be a high-concept soufflé, but its blackly comic tone and Auteuil's caffeinated whippet of a performance help lend it a cockeyed charm.

July 14, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

If anyone tries to insist that you come along to see the film, it's best to reply, Après vous, and then head in the other direction.

July 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Plays like some kind of weak joke in which two men keep repeating the line to each other.

July 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

You should come out of a film like Apres Vous with your heart as light and fluffy as a souffle. But this farce, credited to four chefs, er, writers, is as heavy and leaden as meatloaf.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

What started off as a mild but enjoyable comic trifle got progressively more irritating as it wore on for almost two hours.

July 8, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The jokes run dry, the situation is redundant, the cast becomes tiresome and the running time is interminable.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The cuteness of the story wears off, but not the appeal of the leading men.

July 7, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

While this moment is situated as comedy, it also underlines the dishonesty at the center of Louis and Antoine's evolving symbiosis.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Après vous (After You)

Après vous is entertaining enough but is mainly carried by it's two main leads, Daniel Auteuil and José Garcia. I felt it started better than it ended though, as it lost pace and energy towards the end and I can't say I was a fan of the conclusion. However, it was quite funny and farcical and you can't beat a good old fashioned French farce. It is possibly the one and only time I'll say this but maybe an American remake wouldn't be such a bad thing!

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August 22, 2014
SirPant

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Quirky. Cute. Well done..but as an admirer of French films, and particularly those starring Daniel Auteuil, I found Apres Vous to be a bit of a disappointment. The film has funny moments, but not hilarious moments. The premise of the story seemed ripe for both non-stop laughs and great character development--neither is really accomplished. Not a bad movie at all, just left me a little unsatisfied by the end.
March 25, 2011
itsjustme2004

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    1. Blanche: Proverbs suck!
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Louis: I get worried that things will fall on me. It's like the reverse of vertigo.
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Christine: How's the chicken?
    2. Louis: Dead.
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
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