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A pleasant comedy with a great cast.
A pleasant comedy with a great cast.
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One reason that Veber's comic ideas are so effective is that, in addition to being very funny, they hit on the sort of sociological issues that people really do think about.
While the generally sunny tone and faultlessly charming execution of the movie ... keeps things bubbling along, there's a cauldron churning somewhere beneath.
Perfectly built French tickler.
The level of acting elevates The Closet.
A tour de farce from France's funniest filmmaker, Francis Veber.
Wins you over with its devastating simplicity.
If one didn't know any better, one would think that French farceur Francis Veber's latest comedy as a just-unearthed relic from the '80s, given how it treats homosexuality as some sort of cutesy novelty.
...there are a number of sequences that would clearly benefit from a more broad sensibility (there's a scene that's virtually crying out for a spit take, for example).
While there are laughs to be had, on a whole Veber's new film is an unfunny and offensive disaster, wasting a truckload of rich comedic talent in the process.
all honours finally go to Veber, who has once again single-handedly changed the landscape of gay filmmaking, proving that gay subject matter can be financially successful without being condescending.
Veber has created a film which manages to be both humorous and thought-provoking.
... a gentle and astute minor comedy of manners
This is a good movie, even if the plotting and execution are a little bit formulaic. But this was exactly the type of movie that I needed to watch today, after an especially rough day emotionally, it was silly and light fun with an immensely likable performance from Daniel Auteuil. The set-up sounds like the plot of a sitcom episode, and in many ways it plays out exactly like that. Francois pretends to be gay to save him from being fired, this revelation leads to his co-workers treating him differently and he gets in increasingly silly hi-jinks. My favorite character in the movie would have to be Felix, I just found this idea of this macho homophobe, in being manipulated by his friends to change his ways and to be nice to Francois or else he risks being fired, discovers that he is, in fact, a homosexual. It doesn't read out well, but I thought the execution was actually the highlight of the film. I don't think the film, overtly, offends gay lifestyle and, in fact, I think it does anything but because, in a way, it does highlight how people have evolved but in a lot of ways they still stay the same. And this is a movie from 2000, so it's definitely relevant as far as its message goes. The movie also lays on its sweetness pretty thick, but not to the point where it becomes nauseating, it's just the right amount. Daniel Auteuil is very entertaining, I think he has great facial expressions and, as mentioned, he's really likable. He has that warmth about him that makes relating to him very easy. The rest of the cast is also solid, Gerard Depardieu being the highlight as his is the most interesting character. The movie, unfortunately, in spite of all of this, isn't hilarious. It's certainly funny, but only sporadically so. But that's not even that big of an issue for me when the movie is as fun as it is. I took this film for what it was, silly and light entertainment. It won't win any serious film awards, but it is a fun film that doesn't demand a lot out of you. There's a place for these films if they're done well, and this movie was so I can recommend it.
The Closet is a terrific and very funny film from France. With a great cast at hand, director Francis Veber crafts one of the best comedies that I've seen. The Closet is a ridiculous film from start to finish, and is a smart witted comedy film as well. The cast are great here, and Gerard Depardieu is really funny here, and he has made one of his finest films here. Daniel Auteuil is great as well as the lead character. The film is original, and the jokes are plentiful, and you always find yourself laughing because of its plot. I very loved the film, and thought it was a fine film really should be seen by film fans looking for a comedy that is different, yet has everything you'd expect from such a film. One of the reasons why this film works so well is because of the cast who are just wonderful to watch on-screen. Francis Veber's directing is immaculate and he has a good eye at what makes a good comedy. This is a well done film that delivers the laughs with a smartly written script that just keeps you entertained till the very end of the film. This is a great comedy that delivers solid laughs, and is a very new take on what makes a good comedy. Truly original and fun, along with OSS117, this is one of the best French comedies in recent memory. I highly recommend this film and if you';re in the mood for a different type of comedy, then this film is for you.
Smart and funny, The Closet, is a good work of Veber, that don't leave without bring an anti-homophobia.
This movie is in French with English subtitles, Don't let that keep you from watching it. You will laugh from start to finish as Daniel Auteuil plays the part of a worker who is about to be fired from the company he works for, until he and his buddy dream up a plan to spread the rumor that he is gay, and send in pictures to his boss, well rumors fly and he gets boosted to the top. A enjoyable movie, worth the watch, very comical and very true of peoples nature. 5 stars
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