• The Valet
    2 minutes 44 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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The Valet (La Doublure) Reviews

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Cynthia S

Super Reviewer

January 18, 2011
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.

Super Reviewer

May 22, 2008
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.

Super Reviewer

March 30, 2008
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.

Super Reviewer

October 28, 2007
A great movie, its in French with English subtitles, but a very funny movie. Alic Taglioni could become a favorite female actor real fast, I'm free for dinner. Worth the rent.

Super Reviewer

May 23, 2007
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Valet", billionaire Pierre Levasseur(Daniel Auteuil) is in a bit of a pickle when he is photographed arguing with his supermodel mistress Elena Simonsen(Alice Taglioni) in the street. In order to save his marriage, his high-paying job and presumably his manhood, he tells his wife, Christine(Kristin Scott Thomas), that Elena was really with the other man in the photograph, Francois Pignon(Gad Elmaleh), a valet, who has just had his marriage proposal turned down by Emilie(Virginie Ledoyen), owner of a struggling bookstore. Pierre takes his lie one step further by fabricating a relationship between Francois and Elena(while also putting them on the payroll) by having them be seen together in public and spending their nights together at Francois' place...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Valet" is a sharp satirical farce about status in society. After all, what is the most important to us: a flashy car, a supermodel girlfriend or being with the person we love? The movie is funny without being cruel or condescending, especially in that the valet is a true mensch while the billionaire is at the very least a weasel. Actually, all of the characters are very much three-dimensional. And admittedly, I did take a certain amount of pleasure in the cell phone salesman being sleazy...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Oh, yeah. Don't believe everything you read.[/font]
meril l

Super Reviewer

December 3, 2009
So much fun! A lot of French comedies are almost too farcical for my liking, but La Doublure is just silly. The main characters are super likeable, and though it resolved a bit too quickly, it was generally very well-written and enjoyable.
George N

Super Reviewer

May 28, 2008
Quite funny... i bet they laughed themselves to the bank in France... anyway, this is a funny movie, but if you're looking for a plausible storyline and no strange side-tracks within that storyline, this is probably not your best bet.
Juli R

Super Reviewer

January 20, 2012
This is a relationship farce by master Francis Veber. A bit trite, but the plot just keeps getting more convoluted. Almost impossible not to be charmed by this. With Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) and Virginie Ledoyen (The Beach).
Marion R

Super Reviewer

May 29, 2007
It was fun, but I didn't like the ending, he should have ended up with the other girl.
June 6, 2010
A cute, light-hearted affair. Gad is so loveable, how could I not adore this film! Personally, I would've liked a different ending but really, it was fine the way it was. It's perfect if you want a good-mood film or a laugh. And if you like Gad Elmaleh, it's definitely recommended!
March 5, 2009
so entertaining when in french (in french class) typical romantic comedy but soo much more fun with the ever lovely subtitles and realization that you can understand much of what they are saying (-:
September 20, 2008
It's a cute romantic comedy. A French film with real charm! If you enjoyed Notting Hill and Pretty Women then you'll probably like this one.
September 1, 2008
First of all, Alice Taglioni was REALLY hot! Now about the film. It's a simple story about a poor, not too handsome but optimistic valet and a rich, bitter and selfish owner of a successful company, caught between a gorgeous model. Nice and sweet ending. LOVED Kristin Scott Thomas' character!
August 11, 2008
Foreign, French. This is a very cute movie and I loved it! It's a comedy about a billionaire caught with his mistress in some photos and his luck is that a valet was walking beside them when the photos were taken. To cover up his cheating, his mistress, a supermodel, and the valet pretend to be a couple so he doesn't get caught. This is a great comedy and I loved the doctor! I definitely recommend this one!!!
June 22, 2007
It's all empty calories, of course, but that's what French pastry -- not to mention popcorn -- is all about. The Valet is a deft, daft, totally unbelievable yet somehow totally engaging comedy. But not in a hilariously funny kind of way, more like delightfully charming makes you smirk kind of comedy.
October 21, 2006
A very cute French comedy. GElmaleh & ATaglioni are quite sweet, KSThomas is surprisingly funny & DAuteuil, well... he should KNOW better lol.
March 28, 2008
In a movie that could be bogged down with awkwardness, inane jealousy, and sexual tension; 'The Valet' avoids all that and remains light, airy, and lovable the whole way through.
February 4, 2008
Light and frothy and lacking in some substance, but made up for by the winning chemistry and charisma of the main actors, notably Daniel Auteil (who is worth seeing in absolutely anything), Gad Elmaleh, and especially Alice Taglioni, who owns the movie.

The story doesn't really flesh out much of the characters and the relationships, in particular WHY Pignon loves Emilie or WHY Elena loves Levasseur and the plot proceeds quite quickly forwards without much interesting conflict. There are moments when it seems as if there will be some tension looming (Emilie v Elena or Levasseur v Pignon), but it never really escalates, which makes the whole film just rather Nice. It's an easy watch and glides quickly and doesn't really resonate or touch any emotional core, but it is enjoyable.

Alice Taglioni is wonderful, reminiscent of mid 80s Christie Brinkley; with her approachable beauty, she exudes warmth and makes you just fall in love with her (and you wonder how Pignon wouldn't!).

Good movie. Worth watching, but very light fare.
January 4, 2008
I am wondering if this movie seems way funnier since it's in French. Hey. Maybe so. But who cares the reason. It's funny.
November 7, 2007
This movie was not only very clever but HILARIOUS! It's very fun and full of ingenious writing and acting and not to mention a little racy! LOL. You'll love it. It doesn't matter if you don't like French or can speak it...it's a wonderful comedy
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