Priceless

2006

Priceless

Critics Consensus

Priceless is a light, farcical rom-com that features sharp performances from Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh.

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Audience Score

User Ratings: 24,089
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Movie Info

A woman who has never had much trouble choosing between love or money tries to teach a man the tricks of the trade in this sly romantic comedy. Irène (Audrey Tautou) is an attractive thirtysomething woman who lives a comfortable life by taking up with older and very wealthy men. Irène is serving as arm candy for Jacques (Vernon Dobtcheff), who is twice her age and quite rich; Jacques takes Irène on a vacation to a resort in the French Riviera for her birthday, where she meets Jean (Gad Elmaleh), a handsome bartender at the hotel who works a variety of odd jobs to keep himself afloat. While Jacques spends Irène's birthday sound asleep, she ends up enjoying a romantic evening with Jean, until she discovers he's broke. A year later, Jacques and Irène return to the resort, and Jean discovers he still carries a torch for her. Irène is not so interested until Jacques decides he's had enough of her and breaks off their relationship; suddenly forced to fend for herself, Irène turns to Jean for help. Jean, meanwhile, has learned that Madeleine (Marie-Christine Adam), a handsome and very well-to-do widow in her sixties, has her eye on him and wishes to make Jean her kept man. Jean asks Irène to give him a crash course in the fine art of being a gigolo, while Irène tries to get back in the game by taking up with Gilles (Jacques Spiesser). Slowly but surely, Irène and Jean realize how much they care for one another, but can they get learn to live the good life without money?

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Cast

Charlotte Vermeil
as Woman with Chihuahua
Didier Brice
as François
Claudine Baschet
as Woman with Mastiff
Philippe Vendan-Borin
as Waiter at Biarritz Restaurant
Bernard Bourdeau
as Jean's Colleague at Biarritz
Frédéric Bocquet
as Receptionist Monaco
Jean-Michel Lahmi
as Plastic Surgeon
Guillaume Verdier
as Pool Waiter
Laurent Claret
as Bartender at Biarritz
Jean de Coninck
as Man With Cigar
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Critic Reviews for Priceless

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (21)

  • There's no froth like French froth. And few French-froth-purveyors are as adept as Pierre Salvadori.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: B+

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • [A] gruesomely unfunny and tacky comedy-farce.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A pleasant little piece of puffy French pastry reminiscent of many other pleasant little pieces of puffy French pastry.

    May 2, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Priceless is a Hollywood remake waiting to happen. It's almost guaranteed.

    Apr 24, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Bittersweet comedy's perfectly chosen multigenerational cast ably demonstrates that if money can't buy love, it sure can purchase lots of obsequious service from four-star hotel staffers and costly goodies from laughably pricey boutiques.

    Apr 18, 2008

    Lisa Nesselson

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Pierre Salvadori's delightful comedy, picturesquely set in a series of posh hotels on the French Riviera, throws together two terrific comic actors and an irresistible premise.

    Apr 18, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Priceless

  • Mar 25, 2012
    Not a bad movie thanks to Audrey and Gad being solid performars, with Gad, in particular, having some funny facial expressions. But this movie really didn't do anything at all for me. I think part of me has definitely been spoiled by The Names of Love which, even with its faults, was probably among the best and most inventive romantic comedy I've seen in years. This is obviously my own fault and not really the fault of the movie as it does have a charm about it (most probably the fact that it's French) but at the same time, this movie could've been better. And it's also too light for my tastes. The movie also tends to drag a lot in the middle, which should be expected. Again it's not a bad movie, I'd say it's even solid but I wasn't a big fan.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2011
    Charming, enjoyable, cute...made me smile. A romantic comedy with a few twists. Quite a few things that I thought would be predictable in this romantic comedy, turned out the other way. Both leads are charming, and they draw you in. The gorgeous scenery does not hurt either.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2010
    Spirited, charming, and funny path to romance you've probably not seen before. Material Girl gold-digging Tautou sleeps with and then wins the devotion of waiter Elmaleh thinking he's rich, appalled when she learns the truth and he spends the rest of the running time trying to win her back over, in the process becoming something of a gigolo himself! Only the French could concoct such a scenario that works. Never seen Elmaleh before and he's terrific, which goes double for the radiant Tautou yet again. Alors, comment je t'aime! The costume designer should have won an Oscar, or Golden Globe, or a Cesar, or at the very least a High Five for putting her in such an array of lovely low-cut couture. Good slightly slutty fun.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2010
    Another Audrey Tautou win. VERY funny, and surprising. I've never seen Gad in anything, but he was amazingly cute and uncomposed. SO funny and original.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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