The Valet (2007)



Critic Consensus: Like much of director Francis Veber's work, The Valet is a witty, madcap farce with memorably zany characters.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Francis Veber
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2007
Box Office: $2.2M
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as Pierre Levasseur

as Mr. Foix

as Francois Pignon

as Richard

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Critic Reviews for The Valet

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (35)

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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's all empty calories, of course, but that's what French pastry -- not to mention popcorn -- is all about.

Full Review… | May 25, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Veber's script is masterfully constructed to increase the laughs as the scheme grows more and more convoluted.

Full Review… | May 19, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Starts with a nice premise, but ends up fractured.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Cute, breezy, and fun.

Full Review… | August 28, 2008

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.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Robert C

Super Reviewer


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 is too funny.

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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