The Visitors (Les Visiteurs) 1996

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Actors Jean Reno and Christian Clavier, along with director Jean-Marie Poiré, were the creative team behind The Visitors, a French comedy from the early 1990s that was a massive hit in its native land and a cult favorite in America. Enthusiastically compared by some to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Visitors concerns a time-traveling, medieval knight and his lowly servant, both lost in the 20th century and both shocked by the discovery of their descendants’ reversal of fortunes. The film works not only as a nutty bit of slapstick, but as a cheeky satire about class conflict.

This film was also remade as “Just Visiting”, also starring Jean Reno and Christian Clavier, but was set in the U.S. instead of France. The remake wasn’t nearly as good, or popular.

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