The Valet (2007)
Critic Consensus: Like much of director Francis Veber's work, The Valet is a witty, madcap farce with memorably zany characters.
When billionaire Pierre Levasseur is snapped by a papparazzo with Elena, his dazzling, supermodel mistress, he tries to avoid a catastrophic divorce by coming up with an outrageous lie. He asserts to his wife that a third person, a passerby, François Pignon, who is also on the photograph, was in fact with Elena. She's Pignon's girlfriend not his. Pignon is a parking valet. He's a very ordinary fellow. Levasseur, to back up his lie, has to convince the overly beautiful Elena to go live with Pignon. Elena, shacked up with Pignon, is a bird of paradise in an apartment in the sticks. It's also a load of comic situations for The Valet. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Valet
It's not as outrageous or as hilarious as his best work, but it's still charming, even when it isn't finding the funnybone.
It's all empty calories, of course, but that's what French pastry -- not to mention popcorn -- is all about.
Veber's script is masterfully constructed to increase the laughs as the scheme grows more and more convoluted.
Call it a sorbet, a soufflé or an amuse bouche, The Valet is a satisfying antidote to the overload and bombast that run rampant in American movies at this time of the year.
Audience Reviews for The Valet
This is a quick, and airy film. The plot -a bumbling blockhead pays a valet to shack up with his mistress in order to fool his wife, while at the same time trying to convince the mistress he is getting divorced, This premise doesn't leave much to the imagination, but the dialogue is lively. The supporting characters, including a doctor who coerces medical care from his patients, adds a real spark to what would otherwise be a conventional story. Cute, and entertaining.
The cast is great, Paris is beautiful, the story is ammusing (if not trite at times).
Gad Elmaleh is (once again) absolutely charming as Pignon, the down on his (romantic) luck valet and Kristen Scott Thomas is great as the wife of the philandering millionaire (Daniel Auteuil).
Unfortunatley things just never seem to develope fully. I was almost expecting (when the screen went black) to see a "Insert Disc 2" message pop up, but instead the credits started rolling! We even scrolled through all of the credits, in the hopes that they would have one of those little "epilogue" clips that some films tag on to the end. But nothing.
The Valet is such a funny foreign film. Kristin Scott Thomas whom was great in The English Patient co-stars in this comedy.
A valet is caught in a taploid magazine beside a famous model whom is having an affair with a very wealthy man that is also in the picture. In order to not get divorced the model and valet must con there way to prove they are a happy couple whom live together...it is too funny.
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