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Daddy Cool (15 ans et demi ...)

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

French farce has sex, drugs, swearing, and violence.

Movie NR 2020 97 minutes
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Rather than trying to delicately balance emotional moments with its surreal comedy, this French farce blunders through in such a bullish fashion it emerges triumphant through sheer force of will. Daddy Cool is ridiculous in parts, very funny in others, and at its heart, is a moving story about a father learning to respect his daughter for who she is and who she's becoming. Among that is another sweet teen love story, a hair scientist sub-plot, and a hilarious father training camp. Arguably some scenes are in bad taste -- Philippe slapping his daughter for example. But in the context of this fast-paced, often silly movie, it just about gets away with it.

Auteuil manages to make errant father Philippe likable, or at least enjoyable, whatever terrible things he's up to. Just as strong opposite him is Lamboley, as his teen daughter, Eglantine. She's just the right amount of unsure of herself around boys as she is headstrong at home. The movie's masterstroke is laying the blame for the breakdown in relations at the feet of Philippe. He has to grow up and learn a lot to get to the level where he and his daughter can face the future together as adults. This is a journey many fathers might be familiar with, and while the dad boot camp Philippe attends is hilariously far-fetched, its lessons are solid grounding for a respectful relationship. For a coming-of-age movie that breaks away from the Hollywood archetype, Daddy Cool is a refreshing romp with a solid message.

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