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The Valet is a 2022 American romantic comedy film that was written by Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg and directed by Richard Wong. It is a remake of Francis Veber’s 2006 French film The Valet. In addition to Max Greenfield, Betsy Brandt, Marisol Nichols, Amaury Nolasco, Carmen Salinas, Noemi Gonzalez, Armando Hernández, Carlos Santos, Ravi Patel, and John Pirruccello, the film also stars Eugenio Derbez and Samara Weaving. Salinas, who passed away in 2021, is honored in the movie. In order to hide an affair, an actress (Weaving) hires a parking valet (Derbez) to date her. May 20, 2022, saw its Hulu debut. Critics gave it largely favorable reviews.
A meek servant named Antonio Flores lives with his mother, Cecilia. He and his wife, Isabel, are divorced, and they have joint custody of their adolescent son. Future gentrification plans are a threat to his community, which Natalie, the owner of a nearby bike store, is attempting to stop. Actress Olivia Allan is having an affair with married billionaire Vincent Royce, a city developer. Antonio crashes his bike into the car one night as Olivia and Vincent are waiting for their Uber. When the three are shown together, suspicions of an affair between Olivia and Vincent spread. Vincent devises a scheme to make Olivia and Antonio act as though they are in a relationship out of fear that he would lose his business if his wife Kathryn got a divorce. Olivia agrees since she doesn’t want any negative press to surface before the release of Earhart, her newest film in which she plays Amelia Earhart. To settle Isabel’s obligations, Antonio asks for $12,850.
When eating lunch in front of the cameras, Olivia is snobbish and cunning, and Antonio feels out of place. Except for Kathryn, who employs a private investigator to follow them, everyone falls for the ruse. When she confronts Antonio at the Earhart premiere, he defends himself when she criticizes his line of work. Antonio becomes aware of his fame as he departs the gathering, particularly among Latin Americans. In an effort to prevent any embarrassing paparazzi photos, Antonio and his buddies transport a drunk Olivia home.
Olivia receives a hearty meal from Antonio’s family the following morning. She respects their intimacy and love for one another. Vincent, who is jealous, is misled into thinking that Antonio and Olivia shared a bed. After the premiere, Earhart receives favorable reviews, but Olivia is lonely and doubts Vincent’s word that he will divorce his wife. Olivia attends the school play that Antonio’s son is in. Isabel kisses Antonio out of jealousy, and he tells her the truth about Olivia. Olivia and Antonio become friends, and Olivia appreciates her anonymity in a Latino neighborhood. To play a practical joke on private investigators watching them from across the street, they pose as having sex at home. Despite the fact that they cannot communicate in the same language, Cecilia tells Antonio that she is happy that he has found love once more, just as she did with their Korean landlord, Mr. Kim. Olivia admits that her lifestyle has not been very healthy.
The next day, Isabel informs Antonio that she wants to divorce him because she cannot stand to live with someone who has such poor self-esteem. Olivia and Antonio publicly “split up” because of their conflict over their respective destructive tendencies—her aloofness and his self-deprecation. Later, Vincent’s attorney asks Antonio for $25,000 and says that because he grew up like Antonio, he enjoys doing the right thing whenever he can. Although he hesitates, Antonio accepts the cash.
Mr. Kim is by Cecilia’s side as she has a stroke and passes away in the kitchen. At the funeral, Antonio gives a moving eulogy about his mother’s struggles to provide for him and his siblings in the United States and expresses gratitude to Mr. Kim for making her happy. In order for Mr. Kim’s family to translate, he speaks in English. Olivia decides to break up with Vincent after he makes things right with her. After discovering Vincent’s secret, Kathryn declares her separation from him and takes over the business. She scraps the gentrification plans as a gesture of gratitude to Antonio. Antonio gets the nerve to propose to Natalie. The movie ends with Antonio and Olivia talking about Antonio’s love life as photographers snap pictures on the sidewalk.