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

A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur)




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Francis Veber
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On DVD: Aug 4, 2009


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

All Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

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

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 10, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 10, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 2, 2009
Urban Cinefile

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.

Dean McKenna

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