Movie Review: The Weinsteins sneak Jeunet’s The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet into theaters

Despite his clear sense of whimsy, Jean-Pierre Jeunet has never exactly directed a children’s film before—and despite its youthful protagonist and point of view, The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet still might not qualify. Based on the Reif Larsen novel, Jeunet’s second English-language film (which was released in Europe two years ago, and has been sitting on the high-capacity U.S. shelves of Harvey Weinstein since then) follows 10-year-old science prodigy T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett), growing up on a ranch in Montana, closer in temperament to his bug-studying mother (Helena Bonham Carter) than his rancher father (Callum Keith Rennie), who sees himself in T.S.’s twin brother Layton (Jakob Davies), a more rough-and-tumble type.

Background on the Spivet family, which also includes perpetually exasperated older sister Gracie (Degrassi‘s Niamh Wilson), is filled in with a variety of flashbacks, digressions, and descriptions (including narration …

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