Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, Thierry Lhermitte, Michele Laroque
How no Hollywood studio has pushed a stateside remake of the French comedy The Closet into theaters yet is beyond us, though it's also a good thing. The film's premise sounds like the kind of high-concept set-up that could've been pitched to funnymen like Jimmy Fallon, Jim Carrey, or Adam Sandler at one point or another: Fearing that he's about to lose his job, an average guy cooks up an elaborate hoax to make his co-workers (most importantly, though, his mean-spirited boss) think he's gay.
Homophobic laughs ensue, and we're sure an American spin on the subject matter would painfully come across as an inferior riff on I Know Pronounce You Chuck and Larry; in The Closet, however, writer-director Francis Veber maneuvers around the delicate material with a gentle aplomb.