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Just Visiting is a 2001 comedy. A remake / Continuity Reboot of the French film Les Visiteurs, it starred Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier, Malcolm McDowell, Tara Reid, and Bridgette Wilson and was written by John Hughes.

In 12th century England, Lord Thibault Malféte is about to marry Princess Rosalind, the daughter of the reigning King. At the wedding banquet, the Earl of Warwick gives Thibault a potion given to him by a witch (originally intended for Rosalind) which causes him to hallucinate, and under its influence, he kills his own bride, believing her to be a monster. While under sentence of death, his servant Andre finds a wizard to help him. The wizard gives him a potion that will send him back to the moment before he killed the Princess. Unfortunately, the wizard botches the spell, and instead, Thibault and Andre are sent into the 21st century.


Just Visiting provides examples of:

  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Andre is often ordered by Thibault to do things he would very much rather not do.
  • Continuity Reboot: Despite sharing the same lead actors as the original film, it shares no continuity with it or its sequels.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Thibault handles modern men fairly well in single combat.
  • Dance Line: There's a scene towards the end of the film which ushers Hunter being discovered.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Obviously.
  • The Dung Ages: Thibault and Andre wear the traditional garb of their time period. The Wizard meanwhile puts on a cowboy hat and thinks this will help him blend in.
  • Eternal English: Thibault, Andre and the Wizard have little trouble communicating with the people of 21st century Chicago.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: Played straight.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Thibault and Andre are confused by modern concepts, such as cars, planes, television, and equal rights.
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  • Foreign Remake: Les Visiteurs IN AMERICA!
  • Identical Grandson: Played by the same actress.
  • Idiot Ball: The wizard forgot one main ingredient (crow's eggs) of the potion, sending Thibault and Andre to the 21st century instead of sending them a few hours back in time. Oops...
  • Medieval Morons: Thibault is a bit clueless, while Andre eats things he shouldn't.
  • Mistaken for Special Guest: Thibault, who comes from 12th century England, is mistaken for Julia's distant French cousin.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Thibault's hallucination, some major Uncanny Valley going on. In-universe, the remains of the wizard after a botched spell, though he gets better.
  • Off with His Head!: After the death of Rosalind, the king orders Thibault's death in the morning.
  • Time Travel
  • Time Travel for Fun and Profit: A bit unintentional, but Andre and Angelique sell the gemstones found on a serving cup that they'd accidentally brought to the future to get rich and go to Vegas.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Because Thibault can interact with his descendants in the present, a Genre Savvy viewer can guess easily that despite Hunter's interference, Thibault is going to make it back to the past.