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Billy & Buddy(Boule & Bill)

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France, Belgium, Luxembourg · 2013
Rated G · 1h 22m
Director Alexandre Charlot, Franck Magnier
Starring Franck Dubosc, Marina Foïs, Charles Crombez, Nicolas Vaude
Genre Comedy, Family

Buddy, an abandoned cocker spaniel, waits dejectedly in his cage for a kind, new owner to adopt him. When he meets a little boy named Billy, it's love at first sight and the beginning of a great friendship. But for Billy's parents, trouble has only begun.

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Village Voice by Chuck Wilson

Despite a few manic comic episodes, writer-directors Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier never again capture the sense of joyous connection that can exist between child and pet.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

While the portrait of domestic malaise is occasionally intriguing (and owes much to the original comics), things wind up all-too easily working themselves out in the long run.


The New York Times by Miriam Bale

Very young children fluent in French may enjoy the film for its jokes, but anyone old enough to read the subtitles is likely to be unamused.


Los Angeles Times by Sheri Linden

Billy and Buddy manages to maintain the kind of brisk giddiness that many animated films struggle to achieve. But as family fare with a few unsettling Gallic touches, the boy-and-his-dog escapade is an odd fit.

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