Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Valet



This weekend, Rian and I saw an awesome film, "The Valet."

I had been wanting to see this movie ever since I saw the preview for it on my Priceless DVD. The preview made the French film look glamorous, hilarious, and touching. In other words, it was spot on.



This 2006 film is about a Parisian valet and a supermodel who pretend to be a couple, in order to save a CEO's marriage. Basically, the billionaire CEO is screwing around with the top model, Elena, but when his wife sees a photo of them together in a tabloid, he tells his wife that Elena is dating the valet instead. Elena and the valet are forced to live together in order to keep up the charade. Hilarity ensues.



This being a romantic comedy, I'm not going to lie and say there are Oscar-worthy performances here. But the acting is, in fact, pretty good.

Alice Taglioni, who plays Elena, is convincing as the sweet, yet cunning, supermodel.



Kristin Scott Thomas is perfect as the CEO's intelligent and worldly wife.

The man who steals the show, however, is Gad Elmaleh, who plays the goofy and adorable valet. From this film and "Priceless," I get the feeling that Gad is a bit like the French Hugh Grant: the sexy yet sincere bumbling everydayman who is just trying to get by. And he plays these roles quite charmingly. I always find myself giggling like an inappropriate school girl every time Gad flashes his bright, innocent smile in each scene.



My favorite part of the movie is when Elena stars in an actual Chanel fashion show. Karl Lagerfeld makes a guest appearance. I wanted to faint from the utter fabulousness of it all.



I highly suggest you rent or netflix "The Valet." It's the perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon!

43 comments:

Jennifer said...

I've been looking for new movies to netflix -- thanks for the suggestion dahling! <3 This one is going in the queue

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Mouthwash said...

Ooh I have seen this! And I LOVED it! The girl that the Valet had a crush on was so mean to him. Lol. However, I think Priceless was...priceless. Hehe. I absolutely loved Audrey in it. Perfection.

Amber
ambersmouthwash

Nikosmommy said...

Looks like a fun movie! I'll have to pick it up!

Couture Carrie said...

Glad you enjoyed it, darling!
Thanks for the fab review!

xoxox,
CC

Tights Lover said...

I absolutely LOVE your taste in movies...everything you review always sounds like something I'd rent myself. I'm definitely adding this movie to the queue!

Hope you had a good weekend!

Missy said...

wow this seems like the perfect film to get away from the festive stress!

Missy
Blending Style, Celebs and Fashion
http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

tanvii.com said...

I have not seen it. I will add it to my list :)

Sherin said...

I fell in love with Gad Elmaleh when I saw Priceless. He's so cute and hilarious. And this movie sounds really funny. Absolutely dying to see this now.

Vikki said...

I've never watched this movie, but you made it sound so interesting I'll definitely go search for it!

You always do great reviews! And you always write the sweetest comments on my blog, so I really thank you for that! <3

xxx
Vikki

http://stylometre.blogspot.com

Venus In Virgo said...

Thanks! You always post great movie finds I never heard of. Will check this one out XOXO

Josie said...

This sounds like a great film! Fun and sweet -- absolutely perfect.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Lo said...

this looks great! Can't believe I haven't heard about it

indianmakeupways said...

seems like a great movie. will check it out!

Leia said...

Is this a remake of a French film? It sounds so familiar... I swear Audrey Tatou is in a film whose storyline is just like this! In any case it sounds great :)

Leia

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Jennifer, this movie sounds like a PERFECT way to spend a cozy Saturday. I always love your reviews, so informative, intelligent, detailed, and you usually find the gems that are hidden...that I never knew about! Plus you have the best taste in movies... :)


Rachel

Secret Dream World of Fe said...

I heart movies that are not so mainstream, something foreign, something artsy. And this movie seems interesting. Really, thanks for sharing :)

Becky Regina said...

It looks like an awesome movie ! Might watch it soon . Thanks for the review Jen !

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

lovely x hivennn.

Lara Woodbine said...

I think I may watch this, I love a good film at Christmas time. Thanks for the idea!<333

Cafe Fashionista said...

I have to see this movie - I love love Kristin Scott Thomas!! :)

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

you watch a lot of eclectic films. i like that!

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Prutha said...

nice..i must check it out... u know, karl l and i share the same borth date...fun fact... it gets me excited..heheh

Savvy Gal said...

sounds good.

Kristin said...

You know about so many cool movies lady!

*chameleon* said...

u always have such an amazing choice and suggestions for the movies!;)))

Marissa said...

I haven't heard of this movie, but it sounds adorable. Is it wrong to say that Gad reminds me a little of Mr. Bean, though?

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

sounds like a movie i'd like! merry-almost-christmas!!

FASHION CHALET said...

This sounds good! I just got Netflix too. :)

How have you been, doll?


xx

Punctuation Mark said...

this looks fantastic... going straight to my netflix list... thanks for the tip!

Sarah {Raving Fashionista} said...

I just signed into my Netflix account after reading this! Sometimes I just crave a fun, light-hearted film, but never really know if I'll get full-on cheesiness or a real gem. Can't wait to watch!

xo www.RavingFashionista.com

Angelica Ng said...

Huh, I haven't heard about this movie, so you're the one to introduce it to me! I really should go check it out!

http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I guess I'll give it a shot. Isn't this exactly what Netflix is for?

T.A.P.S. said...

KARL is in it??!? enough said, I'm watching.

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PearlsAndGreenTea said...

Uh....sounds like a movie I would really enjoy! Hubbie and I saw "priceless" in theatres years ago when it first came out and LOVED it!!

jiye
pearlsandgreentea.blogspot.com

Reg said...

thank you for sharing this! i've been looking for something to watch over the holidays :)

xx
heyrocketgirl

Adam said...

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BLACK INK VINTAGE said...

Thanks for commenting <3 I'm glad you enjoyed!

I hope you make time for yourself this holiday season and enjoy all that Christmas brings :) Catching a movie is a great way to start!

We are now following your fabulous blog. Hope you'll stop by from time to time!

xx
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FashionJazz said...

This sounds really good! Happy Wednesday xxx

Sarah Bianchi said...

I thik I'll go to see it if it will arrive here in Italy!!
kiss

http://chicneverland.blogspot.com/

stylestalker said...

thanks for the movie advice! we will be watching this soon!

x

Rafael Franco said...

Hello!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I love this post, makes me wanna see this movie right NOW LOL


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Bonnie said...

The sounds really good. I love hearing movie recommendations because I don't always know what to rent, and I don't put much faith in the reviews of critics.

xoxo.
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Daisy said...

Wow well thanks for sharing this movie with us! I'm interested to see it now! Btw thanks you very much for your comment! :)

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