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"Bonjour Timothy" Is The Best Teen Movie You've Never Heard Of

It's from New Zealand in the '90s and it is GOLD.

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Back story: In the '90s I was obsessed with this movie called Bonjour Timothy, about a New Zealand teen who falls for the French Canadian exchange student his family is hosting.

It was before the internet was a thing, and none of my friends had heard of it/wanted to watch it, so I fangirled on my lonesome. Over time, it began to feel like something I had made up.

On a whim I looked it up, and discovered that not only was it very real, the whole damn movie is now on YouTube.

So, naturally, I decided to watch it, live-tweet and post about it, because the internet IS a thing now and never again will anyone have to doubt the existence of Bonjour Timothy.

Floppy-Haired Mud Guy gets clean and is now just Floppy-Haired Guy, a.k.a. the Timothy of the title. He is also strangely familiar.

What a cutie. That dimple. #bonjourtimothy

Floppy-Haired Timothy is all stressed out until he discovers he's actually in the girl's changing rooms, because he's also kinda Creepy Timothy.

Got stuffed in a locker, lucky it's in the girl's changeroom @Deanogormano #bonjourtimothy

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Got stuffed in a locker, lucky it's in the girl's changeroom @Deanogormano #bonjourtimothy

8:06 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Instead of suspending Creepy Timothy, the principal mentions the school needs a volunteer to host a French Canadian exchange student named Michel Dubois.

Nothing smudgy or weird about that "Michel" at all.

Naturally Creepy Timothy's Dad volunteers immediately and comes up with a plan.

"We could fix up the spare room all nice & tickety-boo!"Tickety-boo is not used enough anymore let's bring back tickety-boo #bonjourtimothy

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"We could fix up the spare room all nice & tickety-boo!"Tickety-boo is not used enough anymore let's bring back tickety-boo #bonjourtimothy

8:13 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Creepy Timothy turns into Whiney Timothy, because he has to change his bedroom and also because French Canadians are apparently an alien species.

"I've never even met a French Canadian before! How do I know what to expect?!" #bonjourtimothy

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"I've never even met a French Canadian before! How do I know what to expect?!" #bonjourtimothy

8:16 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Whiney Timothy begrudgingly goes to pick up Michel at the airport, and SURPRISE!

"It's not Michel, it's Michelle" identity mix up, classic #bonjourtimothy

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"It's not Michel, it's Michelle" identity mix up, classic #bonjourtimothy

8:24 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Thirsty Timothy tries to make her "feel at home" by knocking on her bedroom door in his Noddy pjs and reminding her he's ~just in the next bedroom~.

omg he is wearing a Noddy t-shirt #bonjourtimothy

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omg he is wearing a Noddy t-shirt #bonjourtimothy

8:34 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

To be fair, basically every guy turns into a drooling animal around Michelle-Not-Michel.

"This is one spunky babe!" lol 90s #bonjourtimothy

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"This is one spunky babe!" lol 90s #bonjourtimothy

8:41 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"That face, how could you describe it? Sort of... Julia Roberts meets Winona Ryder... meets God" lol 90s #bonjourtimothy

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"That face, how could you describe it? Sort of... Julia Roberts meets Winona Ryder... meets God" lol 90s #bonjourtimothy

8:42 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

~fashion~

Basically this is the 1 scene I remember from this film.Really made an impression on my 10yr old mind #bonjourtimothy

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Basically this is the 1 scene I remember from this film.Really made an impression on my 10yr old mind #bonjourtimothy

8:49 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Meanwhile, Michelle-Not-Michel finds out about Thirsty Timothy's creepy past and she checks her room for peepholes and then tells him to bugger off.

I think all of my friends had that bedspread #bonjourtimothy

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I think all of my friends had that bedspread #bonjourtimothy

8:44 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Thirsty Timothy responds in a NOT CREEPY AT ALL way by snooping in her room when she's not around.

Suns were really a thing in the 90s hey #bonjourtimothy

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Suns were really a thing in the 90s hey #bonjourtimothy

8:50 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He decides that the fact Michelle-Not-Michel is pining for her French Canadian ex-boyfriend means he's in with the chance.

Makes sense.

Thirsty Timothy decides if he was more ~French~, Michelle-Not-Michel would be into him.

"Hasn't anyone seen a baguette before?!" @Deanogormano #bonjourtimothy

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"Hasn't anyone seen a baguette before?!" @Deanogormano #bonjourtimothy

9:05 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Which, basically.

All of a sudden we're thrown into Michelle-Not-Michel's P.O.V. via a ~video~ she's going to send to her parents.

"Here we have the traditional NZ breakfast along with the traditional NZ idiot" #bonjourtimothy

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"Here we have the traditional NZ breakfast along with the traditional NZ idiot" #bonjourtimothy

9:15 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's full of #truthbombs.

"She says there's no better place in the world to be young and female than New Zealand" #bonjourtimothy

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"She says there's no better place in the world to be young and female than New Zealand" #bonjourtimothy

9:18 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And lolz.

"I'm on my way to becoming a full-fledged KIWI girl,ready for my next fix on Weet-Bix,Marmite & RUGBY"#bonjourtimothy

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"I'm on my way to becoming a full-fledged KIWI girl,ready for my next fix on Weet-Bix,Marmite & RUGBY"#bonjourtimothy

9:20 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And Creepy Timothy kind of runs with it.

"She's a woman. She needs a man." oh dear #bonjourtimothy

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"She's a woman. She needs a man." oh dear #bonjourtimothy

9:25 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Unfortunately for Creepy Timothy ONCE AGAIN, Mean Guy™ has already asked Michelle-Not-Michel to the big party. Creepy Timothy responds by outfit shaming her and then hiding outside of the party to spy.

Creepy Timothy living up to his name.

But it comes in handy when Mean Guy™ takes Michelle-Not-Michel parking and dumps her when she won't put out.

"The famous One Tree HIll?! The one in the U2 song?!" #bonjourtimothy

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"The famous One Tree HIll?! The one in the U2 song?!" #bonjourtimothy

9:39 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"I'm protecting you!'

~just casually hanging out on the ground, didn't fall over at all~ #bonjourtimothy

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~just casually hanging out on the ground, didn't fall over at all~ #bonjourtimothy

9:41 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He proceeds to tell his long-haired mate about the tatt, who tells his crush, who tells someone else, who tells everyone, and, well...

My goal in life is to be in a situation where I get to vengefully pour drink on them #bonjourtimothy

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My goal in life is to be in a situation where I get to vengefully pour drink on them #bonjourtimothy

9:59 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Everyone makes fun of Michelle-Not-Michel, because apparently tattoos were controversial in the '90s?

The major plot point is that she's being made fun of for having a tattoo on her butt. OK. #bonjourtimothy

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The major plot point is that she's being made fun of for having a tattoo on her butt. OK. #bonjourtimothy

10:02 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Timothy is now just sad.

And that is Bonjour Timothy, basically. Now you don't even have to watch it. Unless you want to. Which OF COURSE YOU DO.

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