Slap Her, She's French: What's the deal?

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  1. Dan Rudolph

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    This is an American movie which was shot in 2001. It opened in Switzerland more than a year ago and by now has opened several other places in Europe. It's even playing in Egypt. In fact, it's already out on DVD in R2, yet it hasn't come out in the US yet. According to the IMDB, it isn't coming until September.

    What's the deal? It's not opening in its home market for more than 19 months after opening elsewhere. This is probably 2 years after completion. Is it just really bad? It has a 39% on the tomato meter, which while not great, is hardly earth-shatteringly horrible either. I had some hopes for it as it stars the adorable Piper Perabo. Anyone seen this movie or have any insight?
     
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    Maybe they are holding back the release here in North America until things have cooled down in Franco-American relations.
    Just a thought.

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  3. Dan Rudolph

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    Richard, they released it in the UK. Plus, it was originally going to open in early 2002, before things went sour.

    Besides, I'd think a movie with a title like "Slap Her, She's French" would do better in the US if we were mad at France.
     
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    I saw a preview last summer (before THE FAST RUNNER of all things). I think they're just trying to figure out when to cut their losses.
     
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    Yeah, when you usually see a film that has been in the vault for this long, it usually means that the studio thinks it is crap and is just looking for a place to dump it. (Example: Pluto Nash)

    It is usually a bad sign.

    Jason
     
  7. Dan Rudolph

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    The reviews aren't that bad though, which is what's confusing me.
     
  8. Matthew Chmiel

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    The studio releasing it (Premiere) keeps on having financial trouble as they want to release the film on over a thousand screens, and with the money they (don't) have, they can't do it. Premiere thinks the film will be a big money maker, but to release it the way they want to, they need money.

    Supposedly the film is going to be released in September/October of this year with Premiere's second film, Who's Your Daddy, following-up shortly after that. That is Premiere actually releases it.

    I'm going to start betting good money that Premiere will never release said films and both films will probably go straight to video by say Lions Gate or Artisan or some other studio.
     
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    I like the title [​IMG]
     
  10. Dan Rudolph

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    Matthew, any reason why they don't just get an outside distributor?
     
  11. Mark Pfeiffer

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    The most information about this film's troubled history of non-release can be found here.

    I saw it this past August. I think whoever believes this film will be a big moneymaker must be high because it will tank, tank, tank. Which isn't to say that I thought it was terrible. It's okay, which is to say that it's tolerable but not all that good.
     

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