Becassine: The Wackiest Nanny Ever

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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French nanny adventure is jumbled and strange; mild peril.
  • NR
  • 2001
  • 85 minutes

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Becassine: The Wackiest Nanny Ever espouses the value of family as well as bonds beyond the familial (such as with a caretaker) and the importance of loyalty and accepting others in spite of their flaws or limitations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Becassine is a loyal, loving nanny who will go to the ends of the earth to protect her charge and whose family loves her in spite of her frequent hijinks, mistakes, and accidents. Adults are largely caring and present, though many are simplistically good or bad.

Violence & Scariness

Mild peril throughout and some violence, but it's very cartoonish and slapstick. A man shoots his accomplice with a gun, but no blood is shown. A child is kidnapped by thieves and transported by motorcar but is eventually reunited with her family. A woman slaps a man with an umbrella in several instances. A woman holds two thieves by their ears, then slams their heads together. A ferocious bears chases a man, growling at him, until the man falls into a deep cave (but is uninjured). Two thieves club a man, knocking him unconscious. A pilot jumps from a plane, leaving a nanny and her charge alone, unable to fly. They crash but survive.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Very minor insulting language throughout, such as "moron," "idiot," and "worthless." Some gendered insulting language, such as a man calling a woman "a chick" or a "broad" in a way meant to be derogatory.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A man holding two cocktails implies a woman is drunk when he makes the joke, "From now on, we switch to fruit cocktails."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Becassine: The Wackiest Nanny Ever is translated from the French book named Becassine: Le tresor Viking. Though the story is fairly simple and easy to follow, some aspects of it seem lost in translation; there's strange pacing, oddly phrased pop songs, and an overall awkwardness that makes the narrative feel jittery and haphazard, often like two different stories in one. There is some mild peril and a bit of cartoonish violence throughout -- a child is kidnapped briefly but reunited with family, and a man is shot but survives -- but the main issue is the overall off-kilter vibe and jumpy plot.

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What's the story?

After many years apart, nanny Becassine (Muriel Robin) is reunited with her favorite charge, Charlotte. But before they can catch up, an adventure awaits: Charlotte's father has disappeared, and thieves are trailing him. Can Becassine protect Charlotte and keep her safe, or will her tendency to make big messes only make things worse?

Is it any good?

It seems like a good story in its original form -- a whimsical nanny full of mayhem and silliness takes her charge on wild adventures around Paris -- but something is off about this translation. It often feels like two separate stories: one of a nanny who loves the child she cares for and another involving a sinister jewel heist involving thieves, underground caves, and ancient treasures. The plots jump around, and, due to random segues and strange translations, never quite feel like they come together. Plus, the nanny's excessive head-in-the-clouds antics and very last-minute surprise competency bring into serious question why this family would even continue to employ her. Kids may love the nonsensical, fantastical silliness, but, for parents, this one may be a little too out there to enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Becassine. What makes her so peculiar? Does she seem like a good nanny? Why, or why not?

  • Do you ever make a big mess that you have to clean up? What do you do when you make a big mess?

  • Do you know anyone who is as silly and klutzy as Becassine? Why is she always getting into trouble?

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