Comedies involving Francis Veber


   

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This section is for comedies involving Francis Veber as an actor, director or writer. By default the movies are presented starting with those ranking highest on the laugh-o-meter, but you can also sort them by year, title or IMDB rating.

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Francis Veber is said to have been born on Wednesday 28 July 1937, which would make him 80 years, 3 months and 23 days old (if this date is accurate and he is alive today).


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Francis Veber was credited as writer and director in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 60 years old.
The Dinner Game DVDThe Dinner Game (Le Dîner de Cons)
      1998 | France | Laughs: 9.6 (Laugh Out Loud) | imdb: 7.7
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A group of upper-class Parisian friends amuse themselves by inviting people they find ludicrous to weekly dinners where the guests don't realize they are the joke of the party. When the group invites a man who has built a replica Eiffel tower with matchsticks, everything goes wrong. If you can handle the French subtitles, you will be rewarded with one of the funniest movies ever. The Hollywood adaptation (Dinner for Shmucks, 2010) has funny moments, but it's not in the same league. (Last viewed: May 2007 August 2011)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer and director in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 43 years old.
Knock on Wood (La Chèvre)
      1981 | France | Laughs: 8.1 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 7.4
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Perhaps the second-funniest French comedy ever (after The Dinner Game), starring Pierre Richard and Gérard Depardieu. Pierre Richard plays his trademark character, the clumsy guy. A very cute film with a great number of laughs. Endearing, never nasty. Good English subtitles available online. (Last viewed: Jul 2009 September 2011)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 72 years old.
Dinner for Shmucks DVDDinner for Shmucks
      2010 | USA | Laughs: 7.3 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 5.9
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An ambitious professional receives the mission of inviting an "idiot" for dinner to entertain his boss. Many laughs in this Hollywood adaptation of The Dinner Game, one of the funniest movies ever, but the US version pales in comparison to the French original. Well, it's Hollywood, and they just had to show the dinner—easily the weakest scene in the movie; it truly is a dinner for shmucks, and the shmucks are the Hollywood people who asked for the dinner scene. Oh, and the movie also had to feature an utterly stupid romance. On the redeeming side, I was thrilled to see Jemaine Clement, a brilliant New Zealand actor (Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark). (Last viewed: October 2010)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 38 years old.
On Aura Tout Vu posterNow We've Seen It All! (On Aura Tout Vu)
      1976 | France | Laughs: 7.2 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 6.3
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Two friends have written a script for a pure-hearted romantic film. One of them, who shoots commercials and wants to further his career, reluctantly agrees to sell the script to a producer of adult films. There are many of laughs in the series of shocks and misunderstandings that ensue. As usual, the second half of the film is less funny, but it still works.

This is not an adult comedy film—such as those pathetically unfunny movies that seem to have been so popular at one time in Italy and Australia. Rather, it is a very funny comedy that happens to deal with the pre-production phase of an adult film.

Given the circumstances, the amount of nudity is minimal (although for my taste there was still too much.) In contrast to a great number of comedies that come out of Hollywood these days, this one is never really vulgar—largely because the characters do not speak of adult themes gratuitously. In this age of trashy movies, that such a movie was made with such a delicate touch seems extraordinary: pulling it off was a high-class balancing act. Highly recommended if you can handle a small dose of adult themes. (Last viewed: July 2014)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer and director in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 68 years old.
The Valet La Doublure DVDThe Valet (La Doublure)
      2006 | France | Laughs: 6.6 (Watch Once) | imdb: 6.6
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In need of raising money to help out the woman of his dreams, a man who parks cars outside a restaurant for a living is persuaded to cohabit with a top model. Several occasions to laugh in this film, and none to stop smiling. Nearly made the laugh-out-loud category. The film features two brilliant French comedians—Gad Elmaleh and Dany Boon. By the director who made the laugh-out-loud classic The Dinner Game (in fact the main character have the same name, François Pignon). (Last viewed: Oct 2010 September 2011)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 34 years old.
The Tall Blond with a Black Shoe DVDThe Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (Le Grand Blond avec une Chaussure Noire)
      1972 | France | Laughs: 6.6 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.3
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A rogue section of the French secret service is made to believe that an innocent violinist (Pierre Richard) is a dangerous super-spy. Can be watched more than once, but not for the laughs, as the movie is more sweet than it is funny. (Last viewed: Nov 1997 September 2011)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 36 years old.
The Return of the Tall Blond DVDThe Return of the Tall Blond Man (Le Retour du Grand Blond)
      1974 | France | Laughs: 6.6 (Watch Once) | imdb: 6.8
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The tall blond is now hired by the secret service and asked to play the role of super-spy to foil the efforts of a nosy cop. Perhaps funnier than the original, though not as strong a movie overall. (Last viewed: September 2011)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer and director in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 65 years old.
Tais-Toi DVDShut-Up (Tais Toi)
      2003 | France | Laughs: 6.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.1
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French title: "Tais-Toi". A hardened gangster is forced to share his prison cell with a simple-minded, kind-hearted thief bent on being his friend. After the many laughs of the first half, the film develops a lifeless car-chase and shoot-them-up plot—yawn. Well worth watching more than once if you stick to the jail sequence. This is the second time director Francis Veber uses Depardieu in a "botched-robbery-duo", but the first time around (in The Fugitives) Depardieu played the hardened bank robber. (Last viewed: August 2011)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer and director in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 63 years old.
The Closet DVDThe Closet (Le Placard)
      2001 | France | Laughs: 5.5 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.1
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To avoid being made redundant, a dull accountant lets his employers believe he is gay to make them worry of being accused of discrimination. The modern French office building where most of the film is shot makes the film visually unstimulating. You may chuckle but you are unlikely to laugh hard. (Last viewed: Oct 2002 June 2011)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer and director in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 48 years old.
Les Fugitifs DVDThe Fugitives (Les Fugitifs)
      1986 | France | Laughs: 5.5 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.1
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On the day of his release from prison, an unlucky bank robber is taken hostage in a bank robbery by a man who can barely tie his shoelaces. One of three comedies starring Gérard Depardieu and Pierre Richard—not nearly as funny as La Chèvre, but a cute story that fans of these two actors will enjoy watching once. It's also ten times better than the Hollywood remake (Three Fugitives) by the same director. As in many of Francis Veber's comedies, the "clown" is called François Pignon. (Last viewed: April 2012)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 40 years old.
La Cage Aux Folles The Birdcage posterLa Cage aux Folles
      1978 | France | Laughs: 5.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.3
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A young man whose dad runs a gay night club must introduce his "parents" to his girlfriend's ultra-conservative father in order to get married. I'm not a fan of over-acted drag queen acts as a comedic device, and there's quite a bit of that in this film. Fortunately there's also humor in other places thanks to a decent script and fine actors (such as Michel Galabru, who always makes me laugh). It turned into a pleasant watch with many chuckles and a lot of smiles. (Last viewed: July 2014)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 35 years old.
L'emmerdeur DVDA Pain in the... (L'Emmerdeur)
      1973 | France | Laughs: 3.7 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 7.2
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One of the early tries of Francis Veber, the director who would later create The Dinner Game, one of the funniest movies ever. In fact, these two movies' main characters have the same name (François Pignon), but the man who plays him here (Jacques Brel, a famous singer) was never meant to act. The 2008 remake is not much better. (Last viewed: October 2010)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer and director in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 70 years old.
L'emmerdeur DVDA Pain in the A (L'emmerdeur)
      2008 | France | Laughs: 3.6 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 5.3
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Thirty-five years later, Francis Veber shot a remake of his own movie (see above). It's still not funny. (Last viewed: October 2010)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer and director in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 38 years old.
The Toy DVDThe Toy (Le Jouet)
      1976 | France | Laughs: 3.6 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 7.5
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Another of Francis Veber's early films. Asked to choose a toy, the spoiled son of a magazine owner demands to bring home one of the reporters. The main actor (Pierre Richard) is very funny in movies such as The Tall Blond and La Chèvre, but this film makes poor use of his talents. (Last viewed: December 2010)

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Francis Veber was credited as writer and director in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 45 years old.
Les Comperes DVDComDads (Les Compères)
      1983 | France | Laughs: 3.4 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 7.0
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French movie that reunites Pierre Richard and Gérard Depardieu from La Chèvre, but without reigniting the laughs. The script is to blame, not the actors. Two men travel to the south of France to retrieve a teenage boy, whom they both take to be their son. Cute, a few laughs. Worth a watch if you're not in a demanding mood and don't mind French subtitles. (Last viewed: July 2010)

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