The Visitors

  • 1993
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy

To anyone who still thinks French film is all about sophisticated dialogue and significant sidelong glances, this vulgar comedy -- a blockbuster back home -- should represent a sharp kick in the derriere. Smelly, high-handed, 12th-century knight Godefroy (Jean Reno) and his scurvy vassal Jacquouille (Christian Clavier) are transported to the topsy-turvy...read more

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To anyone who still thinks French film is all about sophisticated dialogue and significant sidelong glances, this vulgar comedy -- a blockbuster back home -- should represent a sharp kick in the derriere. Smelly, high-handed, 12th-century knight Godefroy (Jean Reno) and his

scurvy vassal Jacquouille (Christian Clavier) are transported to the topsy-turvy 20th century, where they meet their own descendants. Godefroy's progeny have fallen on hard times -- Beatrice (Valerie Lemercier) is an impoverished aristocrat who's sold the family castle -- while Jaquouille's family

tree has flowered: Boorish nouveau riche Jacquart (also Clavier) has bought the castle and turned it into a posh hotel. Quel horreur! The bright spot in this morass of bodily function and hygiene jokes is Lemercier, an effortlessly charming comedian. As for the rest, Beavis and Butt-head would

approve, if only they were willing to read subtitles.

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  • Released: 1993
  • Rating: R
  • Review: To anyone who still thinks French film is all about sophisticated dialogue and significant sidelong glances, this vulgar comedy -- a blockbuster back home -- should represent a sharp kick in the derriere. Smelly, high-handed, 12th-century knight Godefroy (… (more)

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