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The Chateau (2002)



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Two estranged American brothers inherit a French chateau from a long-lost relative, but their efforts to claim it are stymied by the mansion's crew of uncooperative servants. With no hope of paying off the chateau's enormous debt, the pair are forced to sell the chateau, leaving a bewildered staff resorting to desperate and hilarious measures to keep their home.
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Paul Rudd
as Graham Granville
Romany Malco
as Allen Granville
Sylvie Testud
as Isabelle
Nathalie Jouen
as Real Estate Agent
Marie Girard
as Blonde Girl
Estelle Sobelman
as Estelle Kirsner
James Lyons
as Buyer 1
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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (17)

The new faces are interesting, but the old story isn't, especially when it starts to seem more improvised than scripted.

Full Review… | November 29, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Funny, even after it has run out of ideas.

October 4, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's a likeable piece and a prime audition reel for both Rudd and Malco.

September 13, 2002
Detroit News
Top Critic

A culture clash comedy only half as clever as it thinks it is.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Detroit Free Press
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A culture-clash comedy that, in addition to being very funny, captures some of the discomfort and embarrassment of being a bumbling American in Europe.

Full Review… | September 6, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Thanks to The Château's balance of whimsicality, narrative discipline and serious improvisation, almost every relationship and personality in the film yields surprises.

September 6, 2002
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Chateau

The Chateau is a little oddity that was largely improvised. That accounts for the film's multiple tones, and the awkwardness in which it shifts between them, but it also provides some really funny bits and an air to itself that is both charming and fresh. The film is chock full of flaws, but it's so fun and different that I just couldn't help enjoying myself all the way.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

I found it to be a likable film, in spite of the lackluster reviews. Sylvie Testud is charming and has such an interesting face. Paul Rudd is fine as well. It has a very natural style that works well for the film. It's unusual and not predictable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

I have to give this film one and a half stars due to several reasons. One being how boring and dull it was. It is supposed to be a Comedy but it wasn't very'll make you laugh a few times and that's it. It is more of a weird indie film than a Comedy. Another problem I had with this film was the direction. The camera is always at bad angles and the picture is horrible. The picture is always grainy...I think that would be something that the director intended to do but it was a very bad move. It made him look like an ammature which he might be because I've never even heard of Jesse Peretz before. He doesn't look like an ammature just because of the picture though because the angles he used were bad as well and the camera always moving too much. It isn't a Horror is a Comedy! So, there is no need for the constant movement. This is just an overall bad movie that could have been a lot better. I don't blame the actors for the failure of this film but the director and writer.

Justin Quinn
Justin Quinn

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