Dominique Le Strat
Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 18, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Valet

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Daniel Auteuil, Gad Elmaleh, Kristin Scott-Thomas
director
Francis Veber
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Francis Veber

We gave it an A-

A rich Paris tycoon (Daniel Auteuil) pays a sad-sack parking valet (Gad Elmaleh) to pretend he’s the boyfriend of the tycoon’s mistress (Alice Taglioni) so the tycoon’s wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) doesn’t get suspicious. Wait, it gets better and better in this foolproof French farce, a satisfying contraption of twists, missteps, and blithe repartee that produces old-fashioned, honestly earned guffaws. (Master farceur Francis Veber has been tickling international audiences for more than 30 years.) Resistance to The Valet is futile: The tumblers of this well-oiled entertainment machine make satisfying clicks as the pieces lock merrily into place.

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