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A hilarious, bi-cultural comedy from filmmaker Jesse Peretz (First Love, Last Rites) and IFC Films. Inspired by Peretz's experiences living and working abroad, this indie film finds an abundance of humor in the comic misunderstandings that occur when two mismatched American brothers (Paul Rudd and Romany Malco) journey to France to claim an unexpected inheritance. Bringing a little attitude' and a lot of ignorance with them, they find the chateau's French inhabitants to be a lot more than they bargained for.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 52
- Fresh: 26
- Rotten: 26
- Average Rating: 5.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The Chateau... is less concerned with cultural and political issues than doting on its eccentric characters.
Fresh: A comedy that swings and jostles to the rhythms of life.
Fresh: Peretz comes up with enough fresh twists to the ugly American vs. surly French confrontation to sustain this delightfully bittersweet culture-clash comedy.
Rotten: Suffers from rambling, repetitive dialogue and the visual drabness endemic to digital video.
I was really hoping for a 'French Kiss' type of movie. What could have been an intriguing and engaging storyline was shallow, cliche, and crude (how many times do we have to hear the f-word?) No wonder this was an independent movie and never made it to the cinema. Kudos to the actors who did the best they could with the story given to them. If you're looking for great french movies I recommend: "A Very Long Engagement", "French Kiss" or "La Vie En Rose".
Worth A Rent
"JeffNBelgium" is a confused francophile with no taste. It's not shallow, nor cliche, nor crude. It's light and entertaining and fun. This isn't supposed to be a "French" movie, Jeff--movies are allowed to take place in France without being a cliche love story, like the ones you prefer. Next time, watch the preview before you purchase something.
P.S. They really don't use the f-word that much. Jeff just has very sensitive kindergarten ears.
The only worse movie I can think of is Blair Witch Project. Same cheap cinematography, I kept watching thinking it would get better or funny or make a point or have some redeeming quality. Nada, zip, the big doughnut. Sorry to be so tough, but I want that 1 1/2 of my life back. don't make that mistake. If u do watch it keep something rotten to smell after u watch it to get rid of the bad taste/smell. Def "0" stars but will not let me do that, so it gets grudgingly 1.