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Slacker Days: Gerster’s Debut Proves that Growing Up is Hardly Black and White

For his directorial debut, German director Jan-Ole Gerster serves up Oh Boy, a black and white black comedy centered on a slacker in his early twenties, wandering the streets of Berlin, full of angst and longing as he yearns to discover some type of motivation. Peppered with instances of homage to other cinema classics, Gerster proves an adept hand at assembling a fine looking film, though, despite some artistic flourishes, gives us a protagonist, a narrative, and a scenario that brings nothing new to a subject that’s been severely exhausted. The cinema is filled with great and small examples of angsty young men struggling to find their way in life and Gerster doesn’t bring anything innately new to the table.

Niko Fischer (Tom Schilling) has been coasting for the past two years on his father’s money, »

- Nicholas Bell

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