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Maybe... Maybe Not (1994)

Der bewegte Mann (original title)
R | | Comedy | 12 July 1996 (USA)
Thrown out by his girlfriend from her apartment, Axel lives for a while with Norbert, a gay man he met some days before.



(screenplay), (comics "Der bewegte Mann" and "Pretty Baby")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Król ...
Norbert Brommer
Doro Feldheim
Rufus Beck ...
Nico van der Knaap ...
Antonia Lang ...
Elke Schmitt
Judith Reinartz ...
Christof Wackernagel ...
Martin Armknecht ...
Heinrich Schafmeister ...
Klaus Dieter
Helmut Buchel ...
Dirk (as Helmut Büchel)


Axel, a handsome young guy is always on the hunt for women although he already has a girlfriend, Doro. One day he is caught in the act with another woman by Doro and she quits the relationship and throws him out of her apartment. Seeking for a new home, Axel is introduced to Walter, a homosexual, who finds Axel quite attractive. Walter takes Axel to a gay party where they meet Norbert, who has a big apartment and is more than willing to let Axel stay for a while because he thinks he can seduce him. Meanwhile, Doro finds out that she is pregnant from Axel and now she tries to get him back, not knowing that he lives among homosexuals now. This gives room for a lot of funny incidents between the gay world and the straight world. But will Doro get Axel back or will he stay with Norbert instead? Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language, including some explicit sexual dialogue | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maybe... Maybe Not  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$172,000 (USA) (19 July 1996)


$366,506 (USA) (9 August 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the books "Der Bewegte Mann" and "Pretty Baby", written by cartoonist Ralf König, who appears as a drag-queen. See more »


Axel Feldheim: [getting in a car full of transvestites] Good morning, girls.
Norbert Brommer: [with deep voice] Hello.
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Was bin ich ohne dich
Music by Will Meisel
Lyrics by Guenther Schwenn and Peter Schaeffers
Performed by Palast Orchester featuring Max Raabe
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24 April 2003 | by (Akron, Ohio) – See all my reviews

`Maybe, Maybe Not' is one of the most odd movies I've ever seen. I liked it. I think I liked it because it is so completely different than all the American movies I'm used to seeing. In the beginning, the main character, Axel, decides to randomly have sex with some girl in the bathroom of his workplace. A woman in the next stall recognizes the key chain that dropped from one of the fornicating couple's clothes. She peeks over the stall to find her boyfriend of three years mindlessly humping another woman. She kicks him out of their apartment and throughout the rest of the movie he struggles with where to live. Initially he calls old girlfriends who all readily turn him away. Then he ends up at a `men's group' with a lot of gay guys. After that, he gets drunk at a party and goes home to sleep at one of their houses. This is when the gender preference battle begins. A lot of stereotypes were defied in this movie and I found that extremely refreshing. For example, it is commonly thought in American society that gay men are promiscuous, however in this movie, no homosexual sex is shown. There is one man-to-man kiss in the club and in another scene homosexual activity is inferred while watching slides but not directly shown on the screen. There are, however, two comparatively graphic heterosexual scenes. Another stereotype defied was the `effeminate gay men' stereotype. The main gay character, Norbert, didn't act effeminate at all, not even in drag. My favorite part of the movie however perpetuated and made fun of an existing stereotype - the stupid Stallone-loving straight guy. The guys in the movie theater were very intriguing. I thought they added welcome comic relief to an otherwise tense and dark movie.

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