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Petit Nicolas

3

A smart, sweet adap of René Goscinny’s ’60s schoolboy tales

Nostalgia can't be the only reason for the huge French success of this smart, sweet adap of René Asterix Goscinny’s ’60s tales of a well-meaning schoolboy.

It’s a retro-revelling comedy in the Just William mould, getting its biggest laughs from a plot hatched by Nicolas (Maxime Godart) and his school chums to have gangsters kidnap the baby brother he suspects is forthcoming.

Director Laurent Tirard (Molière) gets a bit Amélie-twee, but Valerie Lemercier and the bumbling Kad Merad let rip hilariously as Nicolas’ parents, and short, simple English subtitles let kids in on the jokes.

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