Robin Thicke Performing

Robin Thicke Performing

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As everyone who's ever seen "The Little Rascals" knows, there are few success strategies more surefire than getting your message across via a bunch of children dressing and talk like adults. And, as he's shown over the past few weeks, Robin Thicke will stop at no cliché in his attempts to win back estranged, soon-to-be-ex-wife Paula Patton. So it makes sense that his latest video for "Still Madly Crazy," the second off his latest record "Paula," would feature not naked womenbut an ensemble of adorable, and adorably directed, little kids in suits and dresses. 

 

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In the context of this new clip, which dropped earlier this week, "Still Madly Crazy" becomes something of a first-dance-at-a-wedding ballad, with the girls dressed as flower girls and the boys as ... ring-bearers? Possibly tiny stand-ins for Thicke? Either way, it's pretty soul-melting to watch a bunch of kids try to remember the words to the song they're lip-syncing, not to mention react to off-screen adults coaching them to pretend like they're in love. (Extra kudos for the fantastic performance from the closed-eye crooner at 0:46 and 1:03.) The chaos that ensues by the video's end is probably the most organic -- and best -- thing that happens in the incredibly orchestrated clip, but considering the drug-store-chocolate-and-bear-with-a-heart aesthetic that "Paula" embodies, Thicke is going hard on due diligence to his theme. 

"Paula" is expected to sell a lukewarm 20,000 copies its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, or about the number of sappy Hallmark cards Patton has likely received thus far. Check out the kiddie pageant below.