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Just Visiting

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Time travel comedy with bathroom humor.
  • Review Date: June 25, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 80 minutes

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking.

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.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:April 14, 2001
DVD release date:February 4, 2003
Cast:Christina Applegate, Jean Reno, Tara Reid
Director:Jean-Marie Poire
Studio:Buena Vista
Genre:Comedy
Run time:80 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence and crude humor

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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 accidentally go forward into the future. at the start he accidentally kills his wife (no blood scenes, nothing at all, just a woman falling quickly) and back in the future he sees her alive. he lives with her and her feyonce, not knowing what technology is, and not knwing anything around. they try to get out of the future back in their medieval time. i think only one swear word was mentioned. through out the movie it shows the lord dancing and singing in a bar (not druck and just shows a quick shot of him drinking from a barrel.) nothing that bad at all. through out the movie there is one scene when a lady lies down on a desk in front of her lover, in clothes. im a teenager and i found this movie really boring and childish. i think i drew out of these type of adventure fiction movies.
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