The Château

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Released 2003

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Director:
Jesse Peretz
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
The Chateau is a comedic film from Jesse Peretz starring Paul Rudd and Romany Malco. Graham Granville (Paul Rudd) and his adopted brother, Allen 'Rex' Granville (Romany Malco) are as different as two brothers can be. Although they aren't on perfect terms with each other, the two brothers find out that they have inherited a French castle from their great-uncle and realize that they must go to France together to deal with their new property. Neither of the American brothers speak perfect French, and although they cannot communicate well with the staff of the chateau, they are able to understand the significant debt attached to their new home. The two brothers agree that the only way out of their predicament is to sell the castle. The staff disagrees and goes to hilarious lengths to prevent the brothers from selling their home. Graham and Allen must struggle to survive in a land where they don't understand the culture or the language so that they can make it back to America in one piece. Will the two brothers be able to sell the chateau, saving themselves from mountains of debt, or will the caste's staff win the fight to keep their home?moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Delightfully bittersweet culture-clash comedy. If what's funny is frequently hilarious, then what's nasty truly stings, and the film is honest enough not to tie up everything with ...

  • 60

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Here is one performer (Testud) whose features -- small sad eyes, sharp nose, wide rueful smile -- can sustain a feature by themselves.

  • 60

    Variety David Rooney

    Modest but engaging.

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