Most romantic comedies fall into a few tropes, and The Valet is no different. Based on a 2006 French film of the same name, it follows Antonio (Eugenio Derbez) a Valet in Los Angeles who gets wrapped up in the love affair of a starlet Olivia (Samara Weaving) and her lover. Providing them the cover they need to stop a scandal and possible divorce, Antonio does what he thinks is right for his family and Olivia. It’s a mix of the fish out of water scenario and the clashing of two different worlds all in one movie.
We’ve seen this type of story before, but that doesn’t mean we won’t watch it again. The Valet brings with it laughs, tears, and a real appreciation for the family that you’re born into or the ones you create. There are moments, of course, that makes you completely cringe when Olivia shows her disconnect from the rest of the world and how others treat Antonio when he is out with her. But it also shows how the actions of one person can change the perspective of so many others.
Yes, The Valet is full of tropes and is often a bit extreme – isn’t that what you are looking for when it comes to a movie for escapism. There are moments that are full of genuine feelings, and you feel for both Antonio and Olivia. The Valet will be available on Hulu on May 20th. Although the movie does have some predictable parts, it does deliver the laughs and doesn’t fall for the ending you would expect it to land in. It’s definitely one of those fluff movies that doesn’t ask you to think too much, but you can enjoy the movie and a couple hours of fluff.
About The Valet:
World famous movie star Olivia faces a PR disaster when a paparazzi snaps a photo of her with her married lover, Vincent. The hard-working valet Antonio accidentally appears in the same photo and is enlisted to pose as Olivia’s new boyfriend as a cover-up. This ruse with Olivia thrusts Antonio into the spotlight and unexpected chaos.