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The Closet

A boring accountant (Daniel Autiel) working at a condom factory in Paris finds out he's going to be fired. A wise neighbor, however, comes up with a wacky French solution. All our protagonist has to do is pretend to be gay—then everyone will think he's so interesting, they'll never fire him. Hijinks ensue. Although the pretense is preposterous, the humor is actually fairly well-handled, with a minimum of farce and a clever point or two to make about today's overly PC behavior. The cast (including Gérard Depardieu as a macho homophobe) is far better than the material, lifting this one above the typical "pretending to be gay/pretending not to be gay" flick (i.e. Two to Tango/The Birdcage). Virtually all of writer/director Francis Veber's comedies have been remade in America (Birds of a Feather, The Toy, Buddy Buddy, The Tall Blonde Man With One Black Shoe, Partners, Three Fugitives, My Father the Hero, Father's Day, The Dinner Game). All of them were a hell of a lot funnier in French. In French with English subtitles. 115 minutes