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on 31 October 2015
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Just Visiting is a slightly curious beast, at once a sort of sequel to the first two smash hit French Les Visiteurs comedies that failed to replicate their local success abroad in part due to especially poor subtitle translations and a sort of English-language American remake, albeit with the two French stars, Jean Reno and Christian Clavier, complete with new character names but in all other respects reprising their roles as a Norman noble and his disgusting servant who find themselves transported to the 21st Century by witchcraft. There’s no reference to events in the first two films and the double role of the love of Reno’s life and his distant descendent has changed from Valerie Lemercier/Muriel Robin to Christina Applegate, now some sort of museum expert in Chicago (it’s never very clear exactly what she does) with self-confidence issues and a duplicitous yuppie boyfriend trying to milk her family estate for all its worth. The more violent humour that saw innocent bystanders horribly killed (always good for a laugh from French audiences) has similarly been dispensed with in favour of something more akin to a PG-13 version of a Disney family comedy, which perhaps isn’t so surprising with co-producers Hollywood Pictures owned by Disney and John Hughes at the dog-end of his career contributing to the screenplay.

A flop both in the US and in France, it put its American production arm into hibernation for five years and the series on ice for sixteen until a fourth film, Les Visiteurs: La Revolution, failed to even gross its budget. It doesn’t help that the film evidently went through a bit of pre-release shredding, with characters referring to things that aren’t in the picture anymore or prominently billed supporting players only glimpsed in the background, and then only if you’re looking really hard with a finger over the freeze frame button. Along the way a few interesting moments gets glossed over but the end result is one of those films that’s never particularly good but is perfectly pleasant if you’re in an undemanding mood, offering the odd smile rather than any big laughs. More two-and-a-half stars than three.

The only extra on the UK DVD is a trailer (the US release also included a trailer) while Mill Creek's Region A-locked US Bluray has no extrasat all but has a decent widescreen transfer.
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on 14 April 2015
Immensely entertaining French satire on modern manners. Jean Reno steals the show (as ever) with a wild-eyed honesty that has made him a star across the globe. Efficiently directed and produced, you don't see the wheels.
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on 6 February 2003
For a children's film, i was very pleasantly surprised with this offering from Jean Reno, not normally given to this kind of comedy role. Admittedly it is nearly all slapstick, as you would expect from a children's comedy, but unlike most slapstick children's comedy, a lot of it is actually funny, and doesn't make you cringe to watch it.
The basic premise is a good one, although it has been done many times before. a medieaval knight and his servant are somehow sent forward in time to the present day, and nearly all the film's gags centre round these to medieaval misfits and their interpretation of 21st century life, along with all our modern inventions. It is genuinely funny. For instance the scenes with the toilet mints (wait and see!) and the attempt to free those 'held prisoner' inside the television really work, and have to be seen to believed, and laughed at.
The acting and casting is good, in particular the gorgeous Tara Reid, who looks especially stunning in this movie, along with Christina Applegate, who also looks pretty good.
I must admit i don't normally like this kind of films because the humour is so obvious and in-your-face, but it is how children like it. I really would recommend this flim to all parents, as your child will want to watch it over and over again. My little brother certainly did. There are the inevitable bodily function jokes, which always cracks him and all other young children up. But credit where credit's due, i didn't expect to, but i really did enjoy this film, and can quite happily watch this film again and again.
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on 31 August 2010
'Just Visiting' is the third DVD in this series and the only English language release. Like all sequels it has its flaws. It is not a great film but is an interesting Jean Reno comedy vehicle. Consider it as a taster for the much more substantial 'Le Visiteurs (1) 1993 with the combined talents of Valérie Lemercier, Christian Clavier and Jean Reno assisted and inspired by an intelligent and genuinely funny script.

Valérie Lemercier is particularly charming as the royal relation Frénégonde de Pouille / Béatrice de Montmirail, with all the ludicrous and zany characteristics we all expect. Jean Reno and Christian Clavier fit and expand their roles in a warm and authentic way.

Indeed the absence of Valérie Lemercier adds to the challenges facing the cast and crew of 'Le Visiteurs 2' and the later 'Just Visiting'.

Despite some misgivings 'Just Visiting' is a useful introduction to its bigger brother 'Le Visiteurs (1). Some of the nuances and comic moments based upon word-play will escape non-French speakers who depend upon subtitles, but there is still plenty in the film, and its two sequels, to enjoy.
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on 4 April 2009
Everyone in this are brilliant, especially Christina Applegate, I really enjoy watching it, it is one of those films where you are laughing so much that you have to watch again to hear the bits you missed the first time, and then you watch it again to enjoy with anticipation of the hilarious bits coming up. No swearing, no sex, just an enjoyable family film.
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on 29 December 2013
The is the third copy of this film that I have bought for myself, family and friends. Great harmless fun and laugh out loud funny - the two stars are hilarious and you soon become immersed in the film - shame it had to end - but I believe there is a sequel - I must get it
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on 7 April 2013
Jean Reno and Christina Applegate are great in the lead roles despite my Reno not being obviously leading man material. His Gallic charm is convincing enough to carry it off though and Applegate is pretty, clever and funny as always. The real comic turn comes from Thibault's servant who is initially is at complete odds with 20th century life and then embraces the freedoms of modern day America. It's hard to understand why this excellent movie isn't better known.
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on 5 May 2003
One of the most enjoyable childrens films I have seen. In fact the kids spent more time laughing at me and the wife cracking up at the film than they did at the film itself!
A simple storyline but a good one, Reno's expressions are superb, lots of zany action.
Thoroughly recommended.
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on 7 November 2007
An amusing film which will no doubt entertain the family for a few hours, after which it's quickly forgotten about. If you think you might have heard this storyline before, look no further than the delightful, and infinitely better, 70's children's tv series, "Catweazle." Starring the Birdman from "Worzel Gummidge," Geoffrey Bayldon featured as an inept magician who is transported to modern times by a spell that went wrong. He spends the remainder of the two series trying to get back, whilst getting into much the kind of slapstick situations this film does. Of course, Catweazle was from a more innocent time and the comedy was more subtle, you didn't need to talk down to kids. It also had a pagan/magical bent that appealed to adults.
Given the fact it is unlikely Catweazle will get remade - and they have tried! (Bayldon says he is too old) Just Visiting/Les Visiteurs is a worthy attempt to bring back the idea for an, arguably, more sophisticated audience who have a limited attention span.
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