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Molière, to steal a line from The Breakfast Club, really pumps my nads. Actually, he doesn't. But this comic biopic does build up some interest in the Frenchie playwright. Instead of sticking to established history, filmmaker Laurent Tirard speculates on an unaccounted-for 13-year period in which the young Molière traipsed about the French countryside getting into assorted farcical situations. In the film, Molière is bailed out of debtors prison, only to provide acting lessons for his benefactor, a foolish nobleman with the hots for a young widow. Although it frequently feels like other theatrical explorations of the period (Shakespeare in Love, The Libertine, Stage Beauty), it is a spirited romp. 120 minutes PG-13.