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The Valet (2007)

The Valet (2007)



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

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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 Pignon. Elena, shacked up with Pignon, is a bird of paradise in an apartment in the sticks. It's also a load of comic situations for The Valet.

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Daniel Auteuil
as Pierre Levasseur
Richard Berry
as Mr. Foix
Gad Elmaleh
as Francois Pignon
Dany Boon
as Richard
Michel Aumont
as The Doctor
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Critic Reviews for The Valet

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (17)

A deft, daft, totally unbelievable yet somehow totally engaging comedy.

May 11, 2007 | Full Review…

Everyone in The Valet is likable; the movie even manages to be somewhat subversive, as it posits the idea that supermodels are people, too. Not to mention smart, kind and down-to-earth people. Quelle surprise!

May 10, 2007 | Full Review…

Just enjoy it now as the exceedingly pleasant farce that it is.

May 4, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

At 80 minutes long, it's that rare case of a short film that should have been longer. And that's its problem: It really should have been longer.

April 27, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Briskly directed, The Valet hits the brakes for an abrupt ending, but this short ride delivers few apercus on fidelity, glamor or the nice boy next door.

April 27, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director Francis Veber has been compared to everyone from Moliere to Blake Edwards, but this sublime French farce reminded me most of Billy Wilder.

April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

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.
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
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
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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