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A pain in the ass (L'emmerdeur) - Richard Berry, Patrick Timsit, Michel Aumont, Francis Veber

Threat advisory: Low - Low risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Two adjoining rooms in a hotel. In one, an assassin, Ralph (Richard Berry), in the other, a suicidal man, François Pignon (Patrick Timsit). Pignon is is unhappy in love, Ralph has a man to kill. Between the two rooms: a connecting door. And when it opens, Ralph, the perfect killing machine comes face to face with Francois Pignon, the perfect pest. Pignon truly deserves the title of World Champion Pain in the Ass!

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy France assassin hotel suicide connecting rooms French organised crime

Persons of interest

  • Richard Berry .... Jean Milan/Ralf Milan
  • Patrick Timsit .... François Pignon
  • Pascal Elbé .... Edgar Wolf
  • Virginie Ledoyen .... Louise
  • Laurent Paolini .... Le garçon d'étage
  • Michel Aumont .... Randoni
  • Cédric Chevalme .... Le gendarme #1
  • Laurie Lefret .... La jeune fille
  • José Paul .... Le photographe #1
  • Stéphane Bierry .... Le photographe #2
  • Mathieu Busson .... Le caissier de la station-service
  • Jérémie Covillault .... Le policier #1
  • Samuel Dupuy .... Le policier #2
  • Philippe Beglia .... Le réceptionniste de l'hôtel
  • Sandra Moreno .... La secrétaire de Wolf
  • Corinne Masiero .... Suzanne
  • Andrée Damant .... La vieille dame
  • Élisabeth Martichoux .... La journaliste de RTL
  • Francis Veber .... Screenwriter
  • Francis Veber .... Director

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Theatrical report

It should be noted that A pain in the ass (L'emmerdeur) does not involve a sore donkey.

Still, donkeys aside, at least the title falls well within the Truth in Advertising laws. This film is all about a pain in the arse: the kind of guy you should be allowed to shoot because it falls under the category of cleaning up the gene pool. If you can't handle the thought of watching 1½ hours of cringe-inducing French comedy then stay well clear of this film. It also has the dishonour of being a remake of a 1950s film by the same writer/director and it doesn't travel well. Sixty years is too long a time to update a film without rewriting some of the major premises, like the way people behave when confronted by an idiot.

The comedy, France movie A pain in the ass (L'emmerdeur) is directed by Francis Veber and stars Richard Berry, Patrick Timsit, Michel Aumont.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Languages: French
  • Special features:
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English

Government security censorship classification

M (Infrequent coarse language and violence)

Surveillance time

88 minutes (1:28 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 9 April 2009
DVD: 9 September 2009

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