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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.

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