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Just Visiting, a review by Tom

     Just Visiting (2001/United States)
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(United States)
Director:Jean-Marie Gaubert
Writing:Jean-Marie Poiré (Original Material By), Christian Clavier (Original Material By), Christian Clavier (Screenwriter), Jean-Marie Poiré (Screenwriter), John Hughes (Screenwriter)
Length:88 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:English, French

Jean Reno as Thibault
Christina Applegate as Rosalind/Julia
Christian Clavier as Andre
Matthew Ross as Hunter
Tara Reid as Angelique

Just Visiting is one very funny fish-out-of-water comedy the whole family will enjoy. It's 12th century France and the Count Thibault of Malfete (Jean Reno, 'Mission: Impossible') finds his beautiful bride-to-be (Christina Applegate, TV's 'Jesse') done in by malevolent magic. So he and his loyal servant André (Christian Clavier, 'Les Visiteurs') request the help of a local wizard to right the wrong and bring his beloved back. But the wizardry goes awry and the pair is transported to 21st century Chicago where they meet Thibault's descendant Julia (Applegate) and her scheming fiancé. With their timeless values of courage, they wreak hilarious havoc as they foil diabolical plots in modern-day Chicago and try to find their way back home.

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My Thoughts:
This is a US remake of the French movie 'Les Visiteur'. It is more of a screwball comedy than the original movie.
Sadly, Jean Reno's character comes across more as a joke than as the excellently played knight of the original movie.

This movie is a yet another in a long line of Hollywood having to remake a movie for the American audience.
The German habit of dubbing movies is often critized by some citing that other European countries like the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries do not have the need to do it, why then Germany? Are the German people too lazy to read subtitles? (It is just that the dubbing industry in Germany has become too big and the people are acustomed to have the movie dubbed).
But on the other hand, when I look at the US: What do they do? Do they dub? Do they subtitling? No, they remake the whole movie instead :hysterical:

On a side note: Jean Remo looked a little like a colleague of mine in this movie :laugh:


(From Tom's Time-Travel Movie Reviews on January 16th, 2008)

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Short Circuit, a review by RossRoy

Entry #1 from The Oldie-but-Goodie (IMO) mini-marathon!
Short Circuit
Original Title: Short Circuit
Year: 1986
Country: United States
Director: John Badham
Rating: PG
Length: 99 Min.
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Stereo

What they say
Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy co-star in this high-tech comedy adventure about Number Five, a robot who escapes into the real world after he short-circuits in an electrical storm and decides that he's human. Because he's carrying destructive weapons, the Defense Department and his designer (Guttenberg) are desperate to find him. But Number Five is being protected by a young woman (Sheedy) who is teaching him a gentler way of life.

My Thoughts
I remember seeing a Short Circuit movie when I was younger. And after seeing this, I can say that I saw Part 2, but I don't think I had ever seen this one. Well, nevertheless, I loved it just as much as I remember loving Part 2 back then! It's hard to imagine this movie was as some point a dark high tech action movie with Numebr-5 as the villain. It works so well as a comedy. Of course, the idea of a robot become sentient because of being struck by lightning is ludicrous at best, still, they needed some catalyst to instill life into Number-5, so I can get over it. But after that. The evolution of Number-5 as a sentient robot. His discovery of life, death, love, music, conflict, fear is great. I also think this movie is yet another good example that puppetry and animatronics are better than CGI. I love the jerkyness of movement of Number-5, it gives him personality and an actual sense of weight. His physical presence on set also shows in the actor's play.

This is a nice, light comedy. I love it.


(From RossRoy's Random Viewings on July 26th, 2008)

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My PILOT Marathon, a review by Rich

Man About The House - Complete Series One

Episode 1 - Three's a Crowd
Chrissy and Jo have a farewell party for their flatmate, who is moving out, now that she's engaged. The morning after the party, they find Robin in their bathtub, asleep. They need a new flatmate, and he needs a place to live, so it seems like a match made in heaven, and they invite him to move in. There's just one problem: Mr. and Mrs. Roper, the landlords, may not think that this idea is such a good one.

One of Thames' most successful comedy series, "Man About The House" spawned equally popular spin-offs: "Robin's Nest" and "George and Mildred".
The perks and pitfalls of mixed flat-sharing are brought home when Robin Tripp, played by Richard O'Sullivan, moves into Jo and Chrissy's London apartment. Meanwhile, their landlords, the Ropers, keep a watchful eye on their goings-on.

Fun 70's sitcom, starring O'Sullivan who was at the top of his game at this point, the laughs still come thick and fast and this has not dated at all. Felt very nostalgic watchng this, the Ropers downstairs (pilot review of George and Mildred to come) are a great double act, and the fashions hysterical. Innocently and amusingly politically incorrect, oh how much simpler life was back then! Very short episodes as these originally were broadcast with adverts, but despite this still very enjoyable.
Another British classic.

(From My PILOT Marathon on September 1st, 2009)