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Story

The Chateau is a trifle, yet it may stick in your head. Paul Rudd and Romany Malco play two American brothers, Graham and Allen, who inherit an enormous French chateau when their hitherto unknown great-uncle dies. The bickering pair, equipped with only a smattering of French, soon discover that the chateau is hugely in debt and the servants don't want to leave. While trying to sell the place, they vie for the affections of a sweet maid (Sylvie Testud) and comically grapple with cultural differences. The Chateau has a bit of social satire, some deft character portraits, and some very funny mangled French. Rudd and Malco banter entertainingly; Rudd is particularly good, both funny and a little sad as Graham flails to find a new life that he didn't fully realize he wanted. Though slight, the movie has surprising moments that cut deeper than you'd expect. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Paul RuddGraham Granville
Romany MalcoAllen 'Rex' Granville
Sylvie TestudIsabelle
Philippe NahonPierre
Donal LogueSonny

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Jesse Peretz
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 91 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 13, 2004
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