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Story

French humor, which isn't exactly subtle, is delivered via an especially broad premise in The Closet. A nebbish (Daniel Auteuil) who works at a condom manufacturer learns he's about to be fired; with the help of his neighbor, he pretends to be gay so his boss can't fire him without seeming prejudiced. Then a bigoted coworker (Gerard Depardieu) tries to worm his way into the nebbish's good graces because he's afraid of being fired. In the wrong hands, The Closet could be ham-fisted slapstick. What makes this movie truly delightful is the superb understatement with which every gag is handled; even the sight of Auteuil wearing a giant condom tip on his head has an impeccable deadpan grace. All the performances are excellent; Depardieu's smarm is particularly delicious. Each scene takes a new twist of social discomfort and befuddlement in this winning comedy. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

Gerard Depardieu
Daniel Auteuil

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Francis Veber
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 84 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 6, 2003
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