Review: ‘The Stroller Strategy’ is your basic cinematic kiddie ride

Raphaël Personnaz and Baby Léo in Clément Michel's "The Stroller Strategy."
Raphaël Personnaz and Baby Léo in Clément Michel’s “The Stroller Strategy.”
(Rialto Premieres / Studiocanal)

Marie (Charlotte Lebon) and Thomas (Raphaël Personnaz) are a terrifically attractive French couple until she dumps him — rightfully — after five years because they’re no closer to a better apartment, wedding ring or a baby. To get Thomas over his heartbreak, loutish best friend Paul (Jérôme Commandeur) introduces him to “The Stroller Strategy,” i.e. buy a baby seat for your car and cruise around picking up vulnerable single mothers.

But Thomas doesn’t need the prop. A real baby falls — literally — into his hands after its own vulnerable single mother falls down the stairs and has to spend five days in a medically induced coma. And Marie happens to own the best day care/baby massage/infant sign language school in Paris, a plot contrivance the locals would call très artificielle.

Thomas is a moron, and the movie around him isn’t much smarter. It’s a goofy, episodic trifle designed to induce swoons among the saccharine who coo every time they see a cute guy, or a baby, or a cute guy holding a baby while watching YouTube videos about how to change a diaper. Will director Clément Michel, who co-wrote the script with Louis-Paul Desanges, allow these hot babes and their actual babe a happy ending? What’s French for “duh”?

—Amy Nicholson



“The Stroller Strategy”

MPAA rating: None.

Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.


Playing: At the Laemmle Music Hall 3, Beverly Hills.