EW Staff
February 12, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Just Visiting

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
88 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/06/01
performer
Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Tara Reid, Bridgette Wilson
director
Jean-Marie Gaubert, Jean-Marie Poiré
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Christian Clavier, John Hughes, Jean-Marie Poiré
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Knight gets girl. Knight mistakenly kills girl. Knight tries to go back in time to save her — and accidentally shoots ahead 800 years. Typical story. And the new version of 1993’s ”Les Visiteurs,” which starred Reno (as the knight) and Clavier (as his servant) and earned $98 million worldwide — not to mention nine César nominations, the French Oscars.

Hughes, never one to shy away from rewriting a classic (”Miracle on 34th Street”) or revisiting a hit (”Home Alone” and its two sequels), thought the tale should come to America, literally. So the time travelers now end up in present day Chicago, courtesy of the script Hughes penned with the original’s screenwriters.

”Les Visiteurs”’ original Dark Ages duo of Reno and Clavier also remained intact. ”We wanted to take the opportunity for this great French creative team to debut in the United States,” says producer Ricardo Mestres. But while the result is not exactly ”Le Bébé’s Day Out,” ”Just Visiting” still courts a young crowd. Says Applegate, who plays Reno’s 12th century betrothed and his descendant: ”It’s a very sweet and funny story. But there isn’t enough sex and violence to sell it for an adult audience.”

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