Le Petit Nicolas Review

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Nicolas (Godart) is a young boy who enjoys a happy life with his mother, his father and his friends. Surely things will stay that way forever? However, a partially overheard conversation soon leads Nicolas to believe his mother is pregnant and wants to get rid of him.


René Goscinny is best known known for the Astérix books, but this affectionate take on a 1959 bestseller is perhaps the best screen adaptation of his work. Charmingly capturing the misconceptions of childhood and ebulliently played by a knowing cast, it should delight all ages. The plot turns on the efforts of Maxime Godart, a ten year-old prone to getting the wrong end of the stick, to prevent a new sibling from ruining his life. But the fun comes from knockabout set-pieces involving a florist, a school inspector and haughty boss Daniel Prévost, who endures a dinner party that goes spectacularly wrong.

A fun, sweet family film.