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A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur)

A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur) (2008)


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Release Date: Dec 10, 2008 Wide



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A man saves the life of a stranger and lives to regret it in this dark comedy from France. Jean (Richard Berry) is a hired killer who has checked himself into a Paris hotel as he waits to complete his latest assignment -- Randoni (Michel Aumont), a former mob boss turned police informant, is going to testify again his old colleagues in court, and Jean is supposed to rub out Randoni before he gets a chance to talk. However, while the chatty mobster is staying in the same hotel as Jean, so is

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L'emmerdeur (A Pain In The Ass) goes through the motions smoothly, even lazily, providing increasingly-intermittent smirks rather than genuine belly laughs.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

The English title, I'm afraid, sums up the film.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Alas, not for a minute does the viewer care about any character, though admittedly it's mildly diverting and intermittently funny -- and occasionally blackly or incongruously so.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Without being in the same league as last year's brilliant In Bruges, the comedy here sometimes comes from a deliciously dark place.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

I never saw the original, I can only dimly remember the Billy Wilder version but hey, it works well enough to deliver quite a few laughs.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

The physical comedy works well, and while the farce is perhaps oversize for the screen these days, it is nevertheless an entertaining and genial trip.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Francis Veber's touch of the absurd is in fine form in his latest comedy of errors involving a crim, a hitman, a suicidal jilted husband, his adulterous wife, her shrink lover and the hotel butler.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Veber, who has never met an absurdity he couldn't befriend, moves his comedy of errors along at a breakneck pace starting off with a ceiling collapse.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: CultureCatch

Audience Reviews for A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur)

Hilarious! This underwhelming comedy of errors has one faint distinction: it's strangely pitched, somewhere between deadpan and slapstick absurdity. It's sort of like a Gallic Get Smart, but with the great gags replaced by treacly sentiment. To be fair, the annoying elements are largely intentional.
Hitman comedies have become a veritable sub-genre, especially ones in which the assassin has a kernel of redemptive decency - it would be refreshing to see one in which he was irredeemably callous. That said, Richard Berry is the nearest thing to a memorable performance in this forgettable romp.
October 3, 2010
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