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Micmacs (Micmacs a tire-larigot)

Rated R 105 min. 2010



While Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie) tones down his usual noisy and handmade whimsy, he reaches for the pacifist, populist radicalism of such Chaplin masterpieces as Modern Times and Monsieur Verdoux. Bazil (Dany Boon), a 40ish orphan, has suffered grievously at the hands of a pair of friendly neighborhood arms dealers. The film's most inspired moments come as Boon mimics Chaplin's Tramp, as when the homeless Bazil bathes by racing alongside a street-cleaning truck. Bazil meets a group of likeminded misfits who operate a fanciful salvage shop below a refuse dump. Bazil, who really doesn't show much inclination for vengeance or group leadership, somehow organizes this motley crew into an Ocean's Eleven-type gang in which everyone's special power comes in handy. But as worthy as the film's targets are, it runs out of steam midway through, relying on ever-escalating set pieces with ever-diminishing returns.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.micmacsmovie.com

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant

Cast: Dominique Pinon, Dany Boon, Yolande Moreau, André Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Julie Ferrier, Dominique Bettenfeld, Rachel Berger, Jacques Herlin and Urbain Cancelier

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