The Chateau (2002)



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Two estranged American brothers inherit a French chateau from a long-lost relative, but their efforts to claim it are stymied by the mansion's crew of uncooperative servants. With no hope of paying off the chateau's enormous debt, the pair are forced to sell the chateau, leaving a bewildered staff resorting to desperate and hilarious measures to keep their home.

Rating: R (for strong language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jesse Peretz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2003
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Critic Reviews for The Chateau

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (20)

The new faces are interesting, but the old story isn't, especially when it starts to seem more improvised than scripted.

Full Review… | November 29, 2002
Toronto Star
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Funny, even after it has run out of ideas.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Boston Globe
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It's a likeable piece and a prime audition reel for both Rudd and Malco.

September 13, 2002
Detroit News
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A culture clash comedy only half as clever as it thinks it is.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Detroit Free Press
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A culture-clash comedy that, in addition to being very funny, captures some of the discomfort and embarrassment of being a bumbling American in Europe.

Full Review… | September 6, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Thanks to The Château's balance of whimsicality, narrative discipline and serious improvisation, almost every relationship and personality in the film yields surprises.

Full Review… | September 6, 2002
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Chateau


An ok movie that is entertaining and funny at times and then just boring at other.

James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

The Chateau is a little oddity that was largely improvised. That accounts for the film's multiple tones, and the awkwardness in which it shifts between them, but it also provides some really funny bits and an air to itself that is both charming and fresh. The film is chock full of flaws, but it's so fun and different that I just couldn't help enjoying myself all the way.

I found it to be a likable film, in spite of the lackluster reviews. Sylvie Testud is charming and has such an interesting face. Paul Rudd is fine as well. It has a very natural style that works well for the film. It's unusual and not predictable.

James Higgins

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