Just Visiting

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
Just Visiting Movie Poster Image
Time travel comedy with bathroom humor.
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

African-American characters seem to be comic-relief menials. Sloppy eating, flatulence, and playing with toilets from the Dark Ages characters.

Violence

Magic makes characters deform, mutate, and even explode. Frequent slapstick mayhem, usually with swords. An innocent girl is stabbed to death (magic reverses her fate, however); a thief is threatened with amputation of his hand. The bewildered heroes thor

Sex

None, although one female goes through deliberately seductive poses in revealing clothes. A wizard uses an animal penis in a potion.

Language

Regular use of the s-word.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that a ferocious dragon guards a witch's lair. Sorcery makes a roomful of people look like grotesque, talking vegetable-beings. A dismembered wizard's body re-animates and re-assembles. African-American characters seem to be comic-relief menials. Regular use of "s--t." Some sloppy eating, flatulence, fighting/dueling, drinking alcohol, and playing with toilets from the Dark Ages characters. The modern characters cohabit without benefit of marriage. One female goes through deliberately seductive poses in revealing clothes. A wizard uses an animal penis in a potion. Magic makes characters deform, mutate, and even explode. Frequent slapstick mayhem, usually with swords. An innocent girl is stabbed to death (magic reverses her fate, however); a thief is threatened with amputation of his hand. The bewildered heroes thoroughly wreck modern appliances, including an SUV.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Teen, 15 years old Written bystardash22 September 21, 2012

the movie is alright. not the best movie....

This movie is okay. The start of it was a bit boring but it soon got better through out the whole movie. it is about a medieval soldier/lord and his slave that... Continue reading

What's the story?

In JUST VISITING, a 12th century nobleman, Count Thibault of Malfete (Jean Reno), and his servant Andre (Christian Clavier) find themselves transported to the year 2000 when an aging wizard (Malcolm McDowell) demonstrates a potion that enables people to travel through time. They end up in a Chicago museum that has relics from Thibault's time on display. The pair are aided by Julia (Christina Applegate), an employee of the museum. When the Count learns that Julia is his descendant, he realizes he must get back to his time.

Is it any good?

This remake tones down the chaotic bloodshed (replacing it with expensive but unnecessary computer-generated special effects), but not the bad taste. Thibault and Andre are grungy, foul-smelling and gluttonous, and they react to modern-day civilization with bewilderment and drawn swords, as they trash cars, TVs, and refrigerators. The filmmakers delight in repeating these antics repeatedly -- Andre is particularly enchanted by toilets -- and the jokes don't get any fresher the second time around. Neither do Applegate's blandly deadpan reactions. Scriptwriter John Hughes helped update the scenario, and his touch is most apparent in the subplot of Julia learning to be a strong, assertive individual. She owes thanks to her semi-barbaric ancestor Thibault, who enforces the Malfete family motto "Courage is our creed." The movie gets more entertaining near the end, with a cute role for McDowell, the only actor here who underplays as the fashion-conscious sorcerer. There's also a genuinely rousing climactic chase.

You can find 1993's Les Visiteurs on video -- be warned, however, that it's rated R for gore and bad taste. In a rare move for a Hollywood remake of a foreign film, the original French director, Jean-Marie Poire, came along for the new version, as did stars Jean Reno and Christian Clavier. The European actors are a refreshing change from, say, Mel Gibson (in his comedy roles) and Martin Short, but their performances are grounded in little more than slapstick and buffoonish mayhem.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they think it would be like to find oneself in a different time. How do you think you would react to technologies such as ours if you were from a long-ago time?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate