My Review of “The Stroller Strategy”

babytransitIf you are eager to have kids, then it is a sign of maturity on any person’s part. If you are ready to take on a big responsibility to take care of a very fragile little thing day in and day out, feed it, bathe it and see yourself pushing the best baby stroller you could get, which is very important if you have a child to say the least.

Well then, Thomas Platz (Raphaël Personnaz) is positive, one hundred percent adolescent at the beginning of the film The Stroller Strategy. The main character and the protagonist of Clément Michels’s silly romantic comedy will make sure to mess with his illustrator’s lifestyle while at the same time is going to make excuses to his girlfriend, Marie Deville (Charlotte Le Bon) in his constant unwillingness to become a parent. Due that, he sees himself being ditched by his girlfriend under the reason of having a lack of maturity and progress in their relationship and the movie jumps a year into the future and Thomas, still stinging, finds a way to win his girlfriend back.

The story of a young, irresponsible kid, trying to find maturity is not really a rare concept in movies, but despite that, The Stroller Strategy turns it down a little bit on the main character, Thomas, highlighting his immaturity and signs of being an adult by his constant opposition to having children. That reluctance changes immediately when a young baby falls out of the sky. This happens when Thomas was walking towards his apartment and catches baby Leo, who was apparently dropped by a neighbor who is having a bad medical emergency from an apartment above. While the said neighbor convalesces in the hospital, the good man Thomas made sure he will look after baby Leo. Using the baby and claiming it as his child in attempts to win back his ex-girlfriend, Marie. At the same time, he is starting to develop an attachment with the baby, most likely, developing the paternal instincts that he badly needs to complete his transition into manhood.

Over the course of the movie, there will be a series of comical scenes that are both rote and sometimes unfunny. One scene shows where Thomas takes a sip of baby formula just to encourage baby Leo, only to spit it out because it was nasty. The director’s decision to match the visual punchline with a bunch of camera shakes is very unnecessary and doesn’t make the jokes any funnier. Later on the film, in the baby massage scene, the director, for some reason, parodies the pottery scene from Ghost, unnecessarily adding a taste of gay panic to complete the lame spoof.

But what is really good in The Stroller Strategy, is the way it persists on fatherly instincts as the main factor to become a real male, adult. The funny bit is that almost all childlike behavior will be exhibited towards it. That just makes this film good for general viewing and especially for the family. In the movie, Thomas was seen putting baby Leo in a car seat. Should there have been two babies in the movie, a double stroller would have been appropriate.