Monday, 14 March 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Just Visiting

PG-13; 89 minutes; $9.98; Amazon
Available on to own on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment tomorrow is the 2001 comedy Just Visiting. Directed by Jean-Marie Gaubert and produced by the late John Hughes, the film stars Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier, Malcolm McDowell, Tara Reid and Bridgette Wilson. There are no special features of extras on the single-disc.

Just Visiting is the American remake of the French comedy Les Visiteurs, which was also directed by Jean-Marie Poiré and starred Jean Reno and Christian Clavier. A sequel, Les visiteurs 2: Les couloirs du temps, was released in 1998 and a third film, Les Visiteurs 3 : La Terreur, is scheduled to be released this year.

The American version centers on Lord Thibault Malféte (played by Jean Reno), who is about to marry Princess Rosalind. During the wedding banquet, Thibault's drink is spiked by a witch, causing him to  hallucinate and kills Rosalind. Quickly sentence to death by the king, Thibault's loyal servant Andre (played by Christian Clavier) finds a wizard (played by Malcolm McDowell) to send him back in time. However, things go wrong. Thiabualt and Andre end up being sent to the year 2000.

Shortly upon arriving inside a museum in Chicago, the time-traveling duo meet Julia Malféte (played by Christina Applegate), a museum employee who happens to be a descendant (and look alike) of Princess Rosalind. Thibault and Andre try their best to fit in with the modern world, while at the same time they seek out to find a wizard to send them back their own time.

Final Thoughts:  I had never heard of Just Visiting until I stumbled upon it on Starz/Encore several years ago. The movie was released in April 2001, which was around the time my paternal grandfather died, which explains why I never new the film existed as my mind was elsewhere. While the film has it's share of script problems, I still enjoyed watching it. Shockingly, the film received negative reviews upon it's release and was a box-office flop.

Like I already mentioned, there are no special features on the Blu-ray. Considering the film has never been remastered, the picture quality is pretty good.

Overall, Just Visiting is a fun, silly, slapstick time-traveling adventure that the entire family can enjoy watching together.

*Disclaimer - I received complimentary copy in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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