Daniel and Theo are given the nicknames Microbe & Gasoline at school from the other students. Daniel is Microbe because he is smaller in stature than the others in his grade. Theo is called Gasoline because he helps his father in his shop before school. They become friends because they feel separated and isolated from the others. Daniel is good at drawing and Theo knows how to fix machines as well as build things. They work together to find parts to turn a lawnmower engine into some kind of car. They are successful with their project but not allowed to register the car to drive on roads. They come up with an idea to reinvent their car and they decide a road trip might be just the thing for summer vacation.
Theo has a tougher life at home than Daniel but they both want to escape their parents. His Dad is always yelling at Theo and his mother has had two heart attacks. Daniel’s parents are more understanding but he has an older brother and he's a pain. The countryside of this area of France is beautiful on their road trip. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
105 min, Adventure directed by Michel Gondry with Ange Dargent, Theophile Baquet, Diane Bresnier, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Lamoureux, Agathe Peigney, Doublas Brosset, Charles Raymond, Marc Delarue.
Note: Imdb 6.7 out of 10, 91% critic 72% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 4.4* out of 5* with 13 reviews.
Special Note: Theo wants Daniel to enter a drawing contest for under ages 12. Daniel thinks Theo should enter but it’s really Daniel that could pass as under 12 and not Theo. The setting of this film is Versailles, France. The director, Michel Gondry grew up in this area.