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Overall Rating

Awesome: 9.62%
Worth A Look: 5.77%
Average: 13.46%
Pretty Bad: 28.85%
Total Crap42.31%

5 reviews, 22 user ratings

Just Visiting
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by EricDSnider

"A bad remake of a film you didn't see in the first place."
2 stars

In 1993, there was a French movie called "Les Visiteurs" in which a 12th-century knight and his servant get transported to modern times. It did reasonably well, grossing $100 million world-wide.

Less than $1 million of that was in the United States, though, indicating to the filmmakers that Americans wouldn't mind a remake of it. (I don't understand the logic either.) The result? "Just Visiting," directed by the same man (Jean-Marie Poire), written by the same men (Poire and Christian Clavier), and starring the same men (Clavier and Jean Reno).

Why a movie that only made $600,000 in the United States warrants an English-language remake is beyond me, but here it is, trying not-too-hard to be funny and good-naturedly asking you to be entertained by it, if it's not too much trouble. The word "innocuous" was created for movies like this, both in the sense of being harmless, and in the sense of being unlikely to inspire any strong feelings.

In the 1100s, French Count Thibault Malfete (Reno) is about to marry the fetching English lady Rosaline (Christina Applegate, looking quite Jennifer Anistonian). Another nobleman wants him dead, though, so he has a witch put a potion in Rosaline's drink that will make her want to kill Thibault. Alas, Thibault and Rosaline switch goblets, and after he drinks, hallucinations make him run her through with a sword.

While awaiting his execution, Thibault sends his faithful peasant Andre (Clavier) to find him a wizard. This he does, and the wizard plans to send them both back in time to before the banquet, so he can avoid killing his fiancee this time. (How come the wizard can send people through time but he can't simply raise the dead? Seems like that would be easier.) Wizard screws up; Thibault and Andre go forward instead of backward in time; hilarity ensues.

The wind up in a museum in Chicago. It just so happens that the curator is Julia Malfete -- one of Thibault and Rosaline's descendants. And it just so happens that she comes to believe Thibault's story, because he has the family crest and knows the family motto and stuff.

Julia is married to Hunter (Matt Ross), who is after her family's money. Since Julia is clearly supposed to wind up falling for Thibault instead, the movie finds it necessary to make Hunter an adulterer. It's not enough he's mean and greedy; he has to be cheating on Julia, too, just so there's no gray area when she leaves him. The movie is in color, but it's really in black-and-white, when you get right down to it.

And so there are all the usual jokes about people from the past being confused by cars, telephones and toilets. One potentially amusing joke has Thibault and Andre getting motion sickness because the car drives too fast, even when it's only going 22 mph; that joke is ruined when, a few scenes later, both are shown to be perfectly used to it already.

It's a rather sloppy film, shot two years ago (a movie marquee mentions "Go" and "The Out of Towners," both from Summer 1999) and without much attention to detail. Some of the special effects are nifty, but the plot is neglected.

I laughed a few times. Never very hard, but good, honest laughs nonetheless. And despite its general lack of high hilarity, the film doesn't drag, go off on unnecessary tangents, or annoy anybody.

It's a vanilla ice-cream movie, which might be what you're in the mood for. Probably not, but maybe.

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User Comments

10/27/14 Count Godefroy Of Montmirail, Duke Of Papincourt Absolutely fantastic!!! well done my fellow countrymen 5 stars
5/09/07 bobbyjoe i wanted to throw up it was so bad. 1 stars
3/10/07 diane i laughed so hard, i thought that i was goiing to die, other's have no sense of humour 5 stars
1/03/05 Feliciano go to hell people, this movies is hilarious!!! 5 stars
8/09/04 Miriam Not aa patch on the original. Jean Reno and Christian Clavier are this film's only saving g 2 stars
3/02/04 Cj Im really sorry, i seem to be the only person who fell in love with this movie! 5 stars
4/15/03 Jack Bourbon Um, I liked this movie. *I do drink a lot, though. "Hang dim een duh ton squayahhh!!!" 4 stars
1/07/03 Colin Foster Oh dear!!! 3 stars
12/22/02 Pigwidgeon I thought it really only earned four stars, but I gave it five just to spite the snobs. 5 stars
4/03/02 Jake Movie has a good plot and was funny to see the two guys messing around in Chicago! Not bad. 3 stars
2/20/02 Xaver Cute. Not much of a plot. Not much in the way of acting. 3 stars
1/02/02 Andrew Carden The Movie Was Unfunny, but It Wasn't THAT Bad. 3 stars
10/31/01 hilary average 3 stars
4/23/01 Becky You need to see the french movie it was based upon, that was excellent and hysterical. 3 stars
4/16/01 Erin Agreeing with Rick here, it was one of the few movies worth what I spent to see it. 4 stars
4/16/01 Rampage boring as hell, this was a waste of money 1 stars
4/13/01 Blake "The Bitch" Ward It's sucks terribly. However, they said bad things about bunnys. Big Plus. 2 stars
4/11/01 Chris Myst An embarrassing piece of shambles. Why, Reno, why??? 1 stars
4/10/01 wolvie This movie just blows. No if's, and's, or but's about it. 1 stars
4/09/01 Rick To the commentator... Get over yourself, the movie was a lighthearted way to spend a 2hrs 4 stars
4/07/01 TimmyToday It's missing the american Helen Hunt! What crap! 2 stars
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