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A man saves the life of a stranger and lives to regret it in this dark comedy from France. Jean (Richard Berry) is a hired killer who has checked himself into a Paris hotel as he waits to complete his latest assignment -- Randoni (Michel Aumont), a former mob boss turned police informant, is going to testify again his old colleagues in court, and Jean is supposed to rub out Randoni before he gets a chance to talk. However, while the chatty mobster is staying in the same hotel as Jean, so is Francois (Patrick Timsit), a press photographer covering the case. Nerdy Francois has just discovered his wife Louise (Virginie Ledoyen) is dumping him in favor of her analyst, Dr. Wolf (Pascal Elbe), and Francois is so depressed he's decided to kill himself. However, Francois' suicide attempt goes ridiculously wrong, and Jean is forced to intervene against his better judgment. Now Jean finds himself playing babysitter to an increasingly melodramatic Francois as his window of opportunity for knocking off Randoni is running out. L'emmerdeur (aka A Pain In The Ass) is a remake of a French comedy of the same name released in 1973; the original version was directed by Edouard Molinaro, while Francis Verber, who wrote the script for the 1973 film, also directed the remake. (Billy Wilder directed an American remake of the same story, Buddy Buddy, released in 1981.) ~ Mark Deming, Rovi