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French Exit (2021)

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Critic Consensus: The smartly written French Exit offers proof that even the most caustic characters can be made entertaining -- and even relatable -- through a Michelle Pfeiffer performance.

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Due to financial incapacity after her husband's death, aging socialite Frances (Michelle Pfeiffer) is forced to move out of her luxurious Manhattan apartment and into a small, empty flat in Paris with her son Malcolm (Lucas Hedges) and their pet cat. As they try to rebuild their lives, they meet a plethora of colorful characters: the lonely Mme. Reynard (Valerie Mahaffey), psychic Madeleine (Danielle Macdonald), and private detective Julius (Isaach De Bankolé). This movie, based on Patrick DeWitt's novel of the same name, is directed by Azazel Jacobs.

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Cast

Michelle Pfeiffer
as Frances Price
Lucas Hedges
as Malcolm Price
Valerie Mahaffey
as Mme. Reynard
Danielle MacDonald
as Madeleine the Medium
Eddie Holland
as Young Malcom Prince
Matt Holland
as Headmaster
Robert Higden
as Mr. Baker
Larry Day
as Ralph Rudy
Julian Bailey
as Beat Cop
Rebecca Gibian
as Mr. Baker's Assistant
Una Kay
as Confetti-Throwing Woman on Ship
Tracy Letts
as Franklin Prince
Bruce Dinsmore
as le capitaine
Vlasta Vrana
as Boris Maurus
Christopher Hayes
as Waiter on Ship
Jean-Michel Le Gal
as Customs Agent
Benoit Mauffette
as Rude French Waiter
Marc Raffray
as Nice French Waiter
Younes Bouab
as Brave Man in Paris Park
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Critic Reviews for French Exit

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (39)

There's just not quite enough in this film...

July 9, 2021 | Full Review…

There's no ostensible plot. Just scenes. And a running gag about the reincarnated soul of the family cat. And not one, but two aggressively unfunny "comedy" seance sequences. An endurance test.

July 2, 2021 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's the kind of format that works as long as the characters aren't all completely unbearable - which is, alas, not the case here.

July 1, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Not a bad party to get stuck at but one with only one guest worth talking to.

June 30, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

French Exit boasts an assured cast but drab direction and lazy writing ensure the characters are never as eccentric, cutting or interesting as the film's tinkling score would have you believe.

June 28, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"French Exit" isn't without its pleasures; but you watch it dreaming of the movie it might have been.

April 6, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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