Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers)

2009

Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers)

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Movie Info

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 contend with the emotional ups and down of a young adolescent.

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Cast

Noémie Lvovsky
as Hervé's Mother
Christophe Vandevelde
as Hervé's Father
Valeria Golino
as Actress in Video
Riad Sattouf
as Actor in Video
Thania Perez
as Jenifer
Florence Dottel
as Françoise
Irène Jacob
as Aurore's Mother
Yannig Samot
as Hervé's Father-in-Law
Hassan Guerrar
as Camel's Father
Roch Amédet Banzouzi
as Monsieur Jeanquatte
Frédéric Neidhardt
as Earth Sciences Professor
Nicolas Maury
as French Professor
Nicolas Wanczycki
as Math Professor
Mirabelle Kirkland
as English Professor
Solenn Jarniou
as Gym Teacher
Emmanuel Malepart
as Music Professor
Jean-Pierre Haigneré
as Technology Professor
Marjane Satrapi
as Music Magazine Seller
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Critic Reviews for Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers)

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

  • 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.

    Jan 10, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The John Hughes-style teen comedy has been revived in France. The French Kissers is funny because it rings true, in any language.

    Dec 4, 2009
  • 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.

    Dec 3, 2009 | Full Review…

    Jordan Mintzer

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • As demeaning as it may be to present French Kissers as a Gallic version of Gregg Mottola's Superbad, the comparison is necessary to show how Riad Sattouf's film differs from Mottola's in its hormone-crazed nostalgia.

    Feb 25, 2011 | Full Review…
  • ...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.

    Jun 18, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers)

  • Jul 25, 2010
    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 T&A laden counterparts, but that's not to say Les Beaux Gosses skimps on the obligatory gross-out moments and bodily fluids that are as much a part of growing up as zits and rebellion. An often slapstick, too close for comfort look at growing up.
    Dean M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2009
    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, this movie shows you the love exploration and fantasies of two teenager friends, actually holders of a loosers titles... A lot of bad kissing, pimples, socks, etc... and all of that is so funny that you'll enjoy every minute of it! Refreshingly invigorating!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2009
    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. All of these kids seemed like total dorks, it was actually refreshing to watch at teen movie where the kids aren't like little supermodels. It also had a very 80's feel to it, though it is set in present day. Would highly recommend it.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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