Comedies involving Jacques Villeret


   

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Jacques Villeret is said to have been born on Tuesday 6 February 1951 and to have died on Monday 28 February 2005, at the age of 54 years and 22 days.

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Jacques Villeret was credited as actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 47 years old.
The Dinner Game DVDThe Dinner Game (Le Dîner de Cons)
      1998 | France | Laughs: 9.6 (Laugh Out Loud) | imdb: 7.7
      wikipedia | dmoz | who was involved?

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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Jacques Villeret was credited as actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 32 years old.
Circulez Y A Rien A VoirCirculez Y A Rien A Voir
      1983 | France | Laughs: 7.4 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 4.9
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After a pair of unlikely cops make a routine call at a posh house, one of them becomes obsessed with the lady owner and starts tailing her instead of doing his job. This is a lovely 1980s comedy with very funny moments, particularly in the first half, as you might expect, and fine performances by Michel Blanc and Jacques Villeret, though the latter is underused. Vastly underrated—I was glad to discover it. (Last viewed: July 2014)

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Jacques Villeret was credited as actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 35 years old.
Black Mic MacBlack Mic Mac
      1986 | France | Laughs: 6.0 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 5.4
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After a health inspector and his team decide to close down a derelict project that is home to countless families of Africans, a holy man is flown in from the Congo to stop the bulldozers. On the flight over, a young upstart learns of the funds involved and takes the healer's place.

This is a very funny but not silly movie that takes a compassionate look at the African community of Paris in the mid-1980s, a side of the famous capital city that would be unknown to most foreigners—and probably to most Parisians as well. There is a side-plot that involves a restaurant and a romantic interest. Jacques Villeret (from The Dinner Game) carries his role very well but is not the main source of comedy—this time he doesn't play the clown. Luckily there is more talent, starting with the young upstart, who is something of a French-speaking Eddie Murphy and does a lot for the film. (Last viewed: July 2014)

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Jacques Villeret was credited as actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 54 years old.
L'AntidoteL'Antidote
      2005 | France | Laughs: 5.5 (Watch Once) | imdb: 5.2
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A corporate mogul who has suddenly become afflicted with a speech impediment discovers that he can operate normally when in the presence of a toy factory's modest accountant, whom he hires to keep by his side day and night. This film probably won't make you break out with laughter, but it's entertaining enough, and if you're a fan of Jacques Villeret (best-known for his role in The Dinner Game, then you definitely have to watch it. Sadly Jacques hasn't played in other great comedies, and this is not one of the worst. (Last viewed: July 2014)

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Jacques Villeret was credited as actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 54 years old.
Les ParrainsThe Do-Gooders (Les Parrains)
      2005 | France | Laughs: 3.0 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 5.8
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Three former criminals are reunited when their old companion bequeaths them the lost diamonds from their last venture—under the condition that they track down his son and give him his share of the loot. Between Gérard Lanvin from numerous bad boy roles, Gérard Darmon from Diva and Betty Blue, and Jacques Villeret from The Dinner Game, the casting of the three scumbags couldn't have been better. It's a shame no one told the producers to buy a decent script. I laughed once. With Villeret now gone, I feel sad about this wasted chance for an epic comedy. (Last viewed: August 2013)

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Jacques Villeret was credited as actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 27 years old.
Robert Et RobertRobert Et Robert
      1978 | France | Laughs: 2.5 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.7
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This lighthearted movie introduces us to two socially-challenged bachelors who visit the same marriage bureau and become friends. It's a fun watch, with a delightful twist near the end that brings chuckles thanks to Jacques Villeret, the lead actor in The Dinner Game. (Last viewed: July 2014)

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Jacques Villeret was credited as actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 35 years old.
Les Freres Petard DVDThe Reefer Brothers (Les Freres Pétard)
      1986 | France | Laughs: 2.1 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 5.1
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I hunted this movie down because I was desperate for another chance to see Jacques Villeret, the main actor of The Dinner Game. The price was too high. This movie has very little in the way of the witty dialogue often found in French comedies. Indeed, you can barely hear the actors speak under the loud and awful rock music that blares throughout the movie. The sound editing may very well have been done on a Walkman. I watched this movie so you wouldn't have to: unless you're masochistic, give it wide berth. (Last viewed: September 2012)

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Jacques Villeret was credited as actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 25 years old.
Les Naufragés de l'Ile de la TortueThe Castaways of Turtle Island (Les Naufragés de l'Ile de la Tortue)
      1976 | France | Laughs: 2.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.8
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A travel agent pitches his boss on the idea of "survivor holidays" where tourists must fend for themselves on a desert island, Robinson-Crusoe-style. All too soon, he finds himself leading a first group of holiday makers in the Caribbean. This offbeat comedy is poor in laughs but rich in texture, pacing and characters, two of whom are played by actors noted for their significant contributions to French comedy: Pierre Richard (La Chèvre) and Jacques Villeret (The Dinner Game). A small treasure that aged beautifully and can be savored anytime. (Last viewed: April 2013)

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Jacques Villeret was credited as actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 37 years old.
Mangeclous NailcruncherNailcruncher (Mangeclous)
      1988 | France | Laughs: 2.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 5.4
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As a young man, I read Albert Cohen's Solal series of novels, in which Nailcruncher belongs. Translating the rich, intimate texture of Cohen's novels for the screen is always going to be a challenge. The director made it that much harder when he picked five actors who are not Jewish, let alone Sephardic Jews, to play the group of friends from a small Jewish community in Greece. It's not that the actors were bad—Pierre Richard and Jacques Villeret may in fact be my two favorite French comic actors. It's that there is an enormous cultural gap between a Catholic from cold Normandy (say) and a Jew from sunny Macedonia. Asking one to play the other is similar to asking Kevin Costner to play an Afro-American mechanic from Mississippi. Jacques Villeret would have had a chance (thanks to his Algerian ancestry) but he was in the wrong role. Apart from this major casting fumble, the movie is not without charm, but that charm is necessarily of a kitsch nature. I did laugh once in a scene involving pistachios—and none of the main actors. (Last viewed: August 2013)

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Jacques Villeret was credited as actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 50 years old.
Un Aller SimpleOne-Way Ticket (Un Aller Simple)
      2001 | France | Laughs: 1.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 4.8
      wikipedia | who was involved?

This is movie is misclassified as a comedy, but it's a decent (and underrated) movie featuring Jacques Villeret from The Dinner Game. Here he plays a government employee who must escort a young man "back to his native Morocco"—without realizing that the young man has never set foot in that country. The landscapes and music are terrific, and even if the plot doesn't have much tension it's pleasant enough to amble along with Jacques and his two able companions. (Last viewed: July 2014)

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