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Just Visiting (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 6 April 2001 (USA)
A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage, they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the twelfth ... See full summary »

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A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage, they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the twelfth century to the year 2000. There, the knight meets some of his family, and slowly learns what this new century is like. However, he still needs to get back to the twelfth century to deal with the witch, so he starts looking for a wizard. Written by Maarten Hofman <maarten_hofman@hotmail.com>

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They're not just from another time, they're from France. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for violence and crude humor | See all certifications »

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6 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos colgados en Chicago  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,272,489 (USA) (8 April 2001)

Gross:

$4,777,007 (USA) (13 May 2001)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The ruined castle at the end of the film is Corfe castle in Dorset, England. The castle at Corfe was mixed with other footage for the internal scene at type end of the film, as there are no low walls or views at that angle of fields. See more »

Goofs

Julia takes off her ring to show her family's coat of arms, but in the previous shot she was not wearing it. See more »

Quotes

Julia: [her family motto] Courage is my creed.
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Remake of Les visiteurs (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got You Babe
Written by Sonny Bono
Performed by Sonny & Cher (as Sonny and Cher)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Not as good as the original, but not as bad as one might fear
12 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Just Visiting is an American remake (starring the same two main characters) of the excellent French "Les Visiteurs" from 1993. The remake is of course not on par with the original, which is a perfect comedy. The U.S. version is much duller, and marred by several things, such as Jean Reno being too old to successfully reprise his role, and many jokes simply not being very funny.

It gains, however, on two important counts. First, Malcolm McDowell's wizard, who has a much larger and more interesting part in this movie than the original wizard did in the first movie. Second, Christina Applegate's character. She is surprisingly good, and a delight to watch. She's never been a terrible actress, but here she's extraordinary. She plays a kind of good-hearted, intelligent and yet naive character that, to my knowledge, is quite different from the other characters she's played. Where she's often been an air-head bimbo, here she's genuinely appealing; even endearing.

It still does detract from the movie that, to a great degree, it merely goes through the motions of the original movie, trying to mimic the jokes and japes, and very often failing miserably. Still and all, it's worth watching and is better than it might have been.

I rate this one 7 out of 10. You should see the original, though, which is far more inspired and also gives a great impression of spontaneity. I rate the original version 10 out of 10. It's that good.


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