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  • Summary: Gunther Strobbe, 13, lives with his father and three uncles at his grandmother’s house. Every day he is faced with their drinking, fighting, and shameful laziness. Gunther must find a way to escape this misfortune or he will end up in the same situation as his derelict family. [NeoClassics Films]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. There's whimsy and raunchy humor here, but also an underlying sense of darkness and despair.
  2. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    80
    While The Misfortunates careens with madcap hilarity through the Strobbe's tumultuous lives, it also resonates with its serious story undercurrent. In essence, it is the story of a boy's struggle to survive, and, in this case, evolve.
  3. 80
    Deftly mixing the visual exuberance of “Trainspotting” with the familial pathos of “Angela’s Ashes,” the gifted van Groeningen offers gleeful depictions of drinking contests and naked bicycle races that gradually give way to a sense of moral peril for young Gunther.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    70
    Often very funny, and the rolling remember-when vignettes trump the typical low-country wild-hairy-man sideshows.
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    60
    Adapted from Dimitri Verhulst’s semi-autobiographical novel with a flair that recalls the squalor-and-dazzle visuals of “Trainspotting,” Felix Van Groeningen’s highly entertaining tale is full of hilarity, horror and heartbreak (sometimes within the same scene).
  6. 50
    The acting is super -- these guys know how to be sweet and disgusting -- and the story provides its share of laughs. But after a while, the one-note movie, directed by Felix van Groeningen, grows tiresome.
  7. The title of The Misfortunates ­really applies to any audiences unlucky enough to sit through it.

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  1. Oct 14, 2011
    7
    A great movie about a guy who makes the same "mistake" his father made. It shows the life of a young boy, Gunther, who grows up in poor circumstances.