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Just Visiting

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Overview

Lots of people find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, but this comic fantasy takes that notion to a whole new level. Count Thibault of Malfete (Jean Reno) is a brave warrior and respected nobleman in 12th century France. Count Thibault has won the heart of the lovely Princess Rosalind (Christina Applegate) and has a loyal servant in the loyal but half-bright Andre (Christian Clavier). But Thibault's world is turned upside down when an aging wizard demonstrates a new potion that can allow people to ...
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Overview

Lots of people find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, but this comic fantasy takes that notion to a whole new level. Count Thibault of Malfete (Jean Reno) is a brave warrior and respected nobleman in 12th century France. Count Thibault has won the heart of the lovely Princess Rosalind (Christina Applegate) and has a loyal servant in the loyal but half-bright Andre (Christian Clavier). But Thibault's world is turned upside down when an aging wizard demonstrates a new potion that can allow people to travel though time. The concoction works a bit too well, and Thibault and Andre find themselves transported to the year 2000, landing in a museum in Chicago where relics of Thibault's reign are on display. Julia, a museum employee who bears a striking resemblance to Princess Rosalind, finds the visitors and becomes their unofficial guide to life in the Windy City at the dawn of the 21st century. Thibault soon discovers that the young woman is actually descended from his family, and he realizes he has to get back to the 12th century before his absence prevents Julia from existing. Andre also discovers that indentured servitude is no longer common in the 21st century, and he and Thibault have to adjust to the American notion of freedom and equal rights for all. Just Visiting is based on the popular French comedy Les Visiteurs; Jean Reno and Christian Clavier reprise their roles from the earlier film, and the director of the original version, Jean-Marie Poire, also helmed this remake; Clavier and Poire collaborated on the script, as they did for Les Visiteurs.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Just Visiting,...is one of those rare American remakes of a French film that preserves the flavor of the original and even improves upon it.... it's broad and swaggering, but somehow it plays better in English.... Just Visiting isn't low and dumb like so many recent American comedies. It depends on the comedy of personality and situation, instead of treading meekly in the footsteps of the current gross-out manure-joke movies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • UPC: 786936162073
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Reno Thibault
Christina Applegate Julia, Rosalind
Christian Clavier Andre
Matthew Ross Hunter
Tara Reid Angelique
Bridgette Wilson Amber
John Aylward Byron
George Plimpton Dr. Brady
Malcolm McDowell Wizard
Lorenzo Clemons Squad Chief
Technical Credits
Jean-Marie Gaubert Director
John A. Amicarella Associate Producer
Evelyne Barbier Set Decoration/Design
Kelly Barden Casting
Christian Clavier Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Ray Cymoszinski Sound/Sound Designer
Colin de Rouin Set Decoration/Design
Tracy Doyle Set Decoration/Design
Visual Factory Special Effects
David M. Haber Set Decoration/Design
Richard Hashimoto Executive Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
John Jeffries Art Director
John Hughes Screenwriter
Elliot Koretz Sound Editor
Doug Kraner Production Designer
David W. Krummel Set Decoration/Design
Patrice Ledoux Producer
Dennis Maguire Asst. Director
Mark Mangini Sound Editor
Gary Marcus Asst. Director
Jonathan McKinstry Art Director
Ricardo Mestres Producer
Jean-Marie Poire Associate Producer, Screenwriter
John Powell Score Composer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Ueli Steiger Score Composer, Cinematographer
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Peter Young Costumes/Costume Designer, Set Decoration/Design
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Comedy contrasts medieval and modern times

    As an English major and teacher who always wanted to know more about the medieval period, I loved the film and the unexpected way it handled the subject with humor and accuracy. The plot is much more than just an entertaining comedy as it shows the technological and social progress of man that has occurred since the Middle Ages. The time-travel potion of the old wizard propells the knight and his servant to a medieval exhibit at a Chicago museum, where they initially feel right at home. A further comedy of errors ensues as they try to cope with the modern world and then try to find their way back to the Middle Ages. I would recommend this film to students and teachers of English who need some "comic relief" from taking themselves too seriously.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    C'est Formidable!!

    Excellent! Superlative! Outstanding! The only comedy I have seen in French that has played well in English! Jean Reno absolutely MAKES the films' best straight funnyman, Christian Clavier couldn't be funnier if he tried. Christina Applegate played her part(s) perfectly well. Try it, you'll love it. If not.....sue your parents for allowing aliens to experiment with your sense of humor! Then get the original Les Visiteurs. You'll start all over again! If I could give it another 3 stars, I would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Really FUN movie to escape with and forget your worries.

    Light hearted comedy, that transports you to different times, and lets you experience the difference between the 12th century and the new millenium. Christian Clavier is extremely funny as the idiot man servant to Jean Reno, who plays a romantic knight very convincingly.

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