This tale of Parisian misfits banding together to take down a pair of arms dealers was as close to a whimsical riff on The Sting or Ocean's Eleven as one ever might have hoped for from the filmmaker, and I'm happy to see it rolling out Stateside starting next Friday in New York and Los Angeles. We've embedded the trailer below, which is an accurate (if overwhelming) taste of what fun's in store.
A thing about that R rating, though: part of the film's immense charm is in its elaborate slapstick and sense of invention. In fact, I struggle to think of the "sexuality" that would earn something so lightweight such a restrictive rating. So I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend this to parents who are willing to let their kids see a bit (literally, a snippet) of hanky-panky, or who will just as soon cover their eyes for maybe thirty seconds, because even if they can't read the subtitles, they can certainly get into the mischief that Jeunet's ensemble stirs up here (which I might not have necessarily said about Amelie).