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      My Life as a Zucchini

      PG-13 Released Feb 24, 2017 1h 6m Comedy Drama Animation List
      99% Tomatometer 137 Reviews 89% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A police officer (Nick Offerman) and some new friends help an orphan adjust to life at a foster home. Read More Read Less
      My Life as a Zucchini

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      My Life as a Zucchini's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.

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      Michael Sragow Film Comment Magazine My Life as a Zucchini has grace and charm, but what breaks your heart is its mental toughness. Mar 8, 2018 Full Review Donald Clarke Irish Times The film is a beautifully balanced visual marvel. Rated: 5/5 Jun 13, 2017 Full Review Hannah McGill Sight & Sound The upfront acknowledgement in My Life as a Courgette that many childhoods play out with nary a hint of magic, sparkle or sugar to help the medicine go down feels unorthodox and bracing. Jun 5, 2017 Full Review Leigh Monson Substream Magazine My Life as a Zucchini is a modern classic in its own right, a touching examination of the struggles of youth in extreme circumstances. Rated: 4.5/5 Sep 24, 2020 Full Review Lynden Barber Limelight utterly charming French claymation... May 22, 2020 Full Review Steven Prokopy Third Coast Review Zucchini dares to take on some fairly heavy subjects... but it does so with delicacy and compassion, showing the survival skills and resiliency of these expressive and intricately crafted characters. It's an exceptionally heartfelt offering. May 5, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Bri W One of the most heartfelt and beautiful films I've ever seen in my life. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/24/24 Full Review Jeff M This is undoubtedly one of the more unique and unusual animated films of recent years. It's actually stop motion animation, and it was the perfect choice as it adds to the feeling of sadness and melancholy that permeates the whole movie. This is rated PG-13 so it's certainly not for young children - some of the subject matter, particularly when the children describe the events that led up to their stay at the orphanage, is indeed probably not suitable for anyone under thirteen . The running time barely exceeds an hour so it's a quick watch. This is compelling, thought provoking animation that certainly has a lot more gravitas than I expected with such a humorous sounding title. Since it is so short, if you're thinking of letting younger children watch, I would definitely view it first just to get a handle on some of the issues involved, including suicide, alcoholism, child abuse, etc. I highly recommend it, even just because it's doubtful you'll see a movie anytime soon quite like this one! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/24 Full Review Bee J Beautifully made, simple yet touching, this is a heartfelt short-film that will delight and nourish the viewer. Highly recommended. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/09/23 Full Review Taylor L My Life as a Zucchini is one of those stories that is simple in structure to the point that you're surprised it hasn't been done before, but told with enough power to make its originality irrelevant. A coming of age story for those who were dealt a short hand, one that routinely explores both the darkness of loss while always bringing the story back around to mutual support and love. It's told from the perspective of children without being reductive or talking down to them, or using their young age as a way to write off their suffering. Picking apart details like the quick turnaround of your archetypal 'bully' character would almost feel like a disservice to the final product, which takes heavy concepts and presents them in a charming way to disarm you. (4/5) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/23/22 Full Review Flouncy M It's a great movie although it feels slow at some points. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/22/22 Full Review robert p Imagine an Animated Movie that deals with addiction and child abuse is an original take on life of many kids. I give this movie a 4 star rating!!!! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A police officer (Nick Offerman) and some new friends help an orphan adjust to life at a foster home.
      Claude Barras
      Marc Bonny, Armelle Glorennec, Pauline Gygax, Max Karli, Kateryna Merkt, Michel Merkt
      Céline Sciamma
      Production Co
      Gebeka Films, Rita Productions, KNM, Blue Spirit Animation, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)
      PG-13 (Thematic Elements|Suggestive Material)
      Comedy, Drama, Animation
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 24, 2017, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 11, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 6m