The Valet Entertains Despite Its Flaws

Although Hulu’s ‘The Valet’ has been chalked up as a romantic comedy, its narrative courts less optimistic designations, at least until before the climax of the film. Don’t get me wrong, the humor is there, earnest in its execution and deeply embedded in almost every other scene, but there are moments when somberness and solemnity take over, elevating the film to a different level.

DirectedBy Richard Wong, who previously helmed projects such as the 2006 musical ‘Colma: The Musical’ and the 2019 dramedy ‘Come As You Are,’ ‘The Valet’ is the EnglishRemake of the 2006 French film of the same name (‘La Doublure’). ItThis is the story of an unlikely friendship between a movie star and an ordinary man. Olivia Allan (Samara Weaving) has paid a steep price in loneliness and anxiety for her stardom. She isn’t close to her family; her “friends” are her employees. SheSecret relationship with a married billionaire real estate developer Vincent Royce (Max GreenfieldShe is afraid that he will never abandon her wife Kathryn (Betsy Brandt) for her. DuringA public spat Olivia VincentThey were photographed together by the paparazzi. OliviaCorrectly fears that the public will react in horror and agrees that she pretends that she is still in a relationship. Antonio (Eugenio Derbez), the parking valet that just had an accident ended up in the same frame as Olivia and VincentWhen the paparazzi took this photo.

The Valet Entertains Despite Its Flaws
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AsThe film progresses and Olivia AntonioAs they get to know each others, they form a bond of friendship despite the many differences between them. Meanwhile, KathrynHe is suspicious and hires a private detective to find the truth. Vincentto hire a P.I. to ensure that the matter is resolved. Kathryn doesn’t find out their plans. AsFor Antonio’s family, they understandably have difficulty comprehending the recent turn of events. ‘The Valet’ showcases immigrant life mainly through the prism of Mexican culture. ArguablyThis is the most heartwarming sub-plot of the film. Antonio’s mother Cecilia (Carmen Salinas) and their KoreanLandlord Mr. Kim. Neither understands the other’s language, but that doesn’t prevent them from having a fulfilling relationship.

WeavingAs a troubled screen princess, she delivers a solid performance. DerbezA prominent figure in the Mexican film industry, especially since the global success of his 2013 film ‘Instructions Not Included.’ HePlays AntonioBy alternating between humor and pathos ButIt is the late great Carmen SalinasShe is seen in the film that has become her last project as an actor. She steals every scene. Contrarily, GreenfieldHe is loud and out of control, as if it were his only memo that instructed him to wink at the camera constantly. WhileThe rest of the cast shows restraint. GreenfieldSeems to be constantly channeling Schmidt(His character from Fox’s ‘New Girl’) at his worst.

The Valet Entertains Despite Its Flaws
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Unfortunately, that is not the biggest issue with ‘The Valet.’ TheThe legendary comic auteur directed the 2006 original movie Francis Veber. The delectable farce prevalent in ‘La Doublure’ and every other VeberFilm is missing in the glaringly obvious English remake. The over-arching plot has been watered down and simplified, and in the process, ‘The Valet’ has lost a significant part of its identity. ButEven that would have been acceptable if it was clear about its intentions. In the pursuit of a happy ending, ‘The Valet’ barters away certain elements of the plot that seemed important until halfway into its nearly two-hour runtime. It also doesn’t let its two main characters complete their transformation, making choices that will likely please the audience but don’t make much sense in terms of the narrative.

Despite all this, it’s undeniable that ‘The Valet’ is an entertaining film. It succeeds in telling a convincing — albeit erratic — story. TheThe film’s greatest moments are not when the humor is easy, but when it is hidden among the grief and the confrontation of reality. ‘The Valet’ doesn’t traverse the well-worn paths of ‘Notting Hill,’ ‘MaidIn Manhattan,’ or even ‘She’s OutOf My League,’ it makes its own path.

Rating: 3/5

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