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In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve
little girls in two straight lines and Miss Clavel who glides
with grace. The smallest of them all is a mischievous schoolgirl
Comedy Action Drama - MADELINE, based on the series of beloved children's stories, is a delightful family adventure with enough fun and action to hold the attention of younger viewers, and enough intelligence and wit to keep older viewers engrossed.
Sadly, most children's movies these days are of embarrassingly poor quality -- the scripts, which
are largely devoid of intelligence, have been written for audiences that frequently don't care. Aside
from anything labeled as a "Disney animated classic," parents have become understandably wary
of taking their children to the movies. Fortunately, from time-to-time, a solidly entertaining family
film comes along with enough pleasures (both subtle and obvious) to captivate viewers of all ages.
One reason for Madeline's success is that it eschews the toilet humor and tedious
flatulence jokes that have become staples of many so-called family films. With the exception of
one "damn," there isn't a vaguely offensive moment in the entire movie. And, while there is a little
slapstick humor associated with a couple of inept circus clowns-turned-criminals, the picture
doesn't rely on the kind of relentless physical pounding that characters in films like Home
Alone and Flubber are subjected to.