Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers)
Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers) (2009)

This wild, raunchy, gag-a-minute French farce concerns Hervé (Vincent Lacoste), a skirt-chasing 14-year-old boy struggling to contend with social awkwardness and the fact that he isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. Nor do female… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

The John Hughes-style teen comedy has been revived in France. The French Kissers is funny because it rings true, in any language.

Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

If there is a message... it's that boys are dumb, self-involved, insensitive and more obsessed with the idea of sex than the reality of it.

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Lynden Barber
Limelight

Writer-director Riad Sattouf focuses on the sheer awkwardness of the mid-teenage years, wryly capturing the maturity gap when most girls seem about three years ahead of their male peers.

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Jordan Mintzer
Variety

A zits-and-all portrait of the weird, wild and incredibly awkward time of adolescence, Gallic laffer "The French Kissers" plants plenty of heart-wrenching gags right in the smacker.

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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

The script covers the same things as most teen movies -- getting together, breaking up, being horrible, making up, yelling at your parents -- but Sattouf makes it fresh with credible performances from these non-actors.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

The French Kissers is much, much more than just Superbad with subtitles. First-time filmmaker Riad Sattouf, a leading light in French comic-book circles, proves himself to be a knockout talent behind the camera.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...costar Noémie Lvovsky ("Actresses") is a hysterical high point as Hervé's mom who has an unflappable interest in his sex life whether it be singular or plural.

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Ben McEachen
Empire Magazine Australasia

A welcome departure from the usual type of Frenchy fare we receive, here be a hip, acne-tastic lesson about teens and their hot pants.

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Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

How many teen comedies do you see where the hero is troubled by pimples -- and not just a token few? That's an early sign that Riad Sattouf's funny first feature isn't going to play by the rules.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
So charming! Fresh, credible and painfully funny. The French approach to the hormonally charged coming of age tale might be more realistic than its American… More
Nicki Marie
I was surprised by how hilarious this was, I actually laughed right through the whole thing. It reminded me of a French "Superbad", though different.… More
Panta Oz
Maybe Riad Sattouf is known in France for comic strips, but he did a real work of art with this teenagers comedy. Raw and funny, non-suptile and sad at moments,… More

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