Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers)
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Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers)
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 respond favorably to him either: he suffers rejection after rejection, until he draws some attention from gorgeous and popular classmate Aurore (Alice Tremolieres). Suddenly, with Aurore at his side, Hervé lands in the middle of the most exclusive social circles, but finds himself surrounded by a series of wild and unruly characters. Meanwhile, he struggles to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The John Hughes-style teen comedy has been revived in France. The French Kissers is funny because it rings true, in any language."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"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."
‑ Lynden Barber, Limelight
"Those who feel subtitles inherently mean a dull night at the cinema, would be well advised to try French Kissers or as it should be known France 90210."
‑ Giles Hardie, smh.com.au
"Squeamishly forthright and deliberately rough-around-the-edges, Sattouf's film humorously captures the weird, wonderful and often humiliating stages of adolescence."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"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."
‑ Jordan Mintzer, Variety
"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."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"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."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"First-time director Riad Sattouf, known in France for his comic strips, clearly knows his subject in this pimples-and-all foray into the tumultuous lives of young, hormone-enraged teenagers."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Sattouf captures that strange mix of bravado and shyness that is teenage guy-dom, and the result is both frequently hilarious and, finally, quite touching."
‑ Brendan Kelly, Montreal Gazette
"...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."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Ben McEachen, Empire Magazine Australasia
"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."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
"French cinema has a new coming-of-age classic to go alongside Au Revoir les Enfants and The 400 Blows."
‑ Nick Dent, Time Out Sydney
"A notable directorial debut for comic book writer Riad Sattouf, this French teen sex comedy possesses a nice blend of humour and intelligence that places it somewhere between American Pie and Wild Reeds."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
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