Bad Seeds (2018) is a French comedy that takes a familiar story and tries to present it interestingly, but the screenplay has little originality so it fails to leave you impressed. Don’t get me wrong, the film is highly watchable but have your expectations lowered. Available on Netflix.
Waël (Kheiron) and his foster mother Monique (Catherine Deneuve) live in Paris and are involved in conning old shoppers visiting a local hypermarket, they also do other petty thefts to make a living. One of their acts goes wrong and Waël gets assigned to teach a bunch of students who have been caught doing misdeeds. Because of his background of being an orphan and a petty criminal himself, Waël is able to relate to his poor wards and help them on their path to being responsible.
Kheiron and Catherine Deneuve bring their characters to life and are supported by the six kids as well. The growing up of the 5-year old Waël after his parents die was cliche but still, the pain felt real and hits you hard. From the start, you are able to figure out what’s going to happen next – predictable characters and unimaginative past for each of them including the protagonist makes the movie get the mangoidiots rating of “Raw”.