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If It Don't Fit, Use a Bigger Hammer (2002)

Was nicht passt, wird passend gemacht (original title)
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Hilmi Sözer ...
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Dietmar Bär ...
Werner Wiesenkamp
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Marek
Crescentia Dünßer ...
Urte
Nicholas Bodeux ...
Arno (as Nicolas Bodeux)
Michael Brandner ...
Ernst Wiesenkamp
Patrizia Moresco ...
Tana Schanzara ...
Mama Wiesenkamp
Riccarda Menne ...
Kümels Frau
Tilla Borgelt ...
Mädchen auf der Grillparty
Birgit Stojanov ...
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DEM 6,000,000 (estimated)

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$797,949 (Germany) (8 March 2002)
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When Kalle (Ralf Richter) picks up the materials at the hardware store, you can see two young guys kicking against their car in the background. It is a part of the scene from Peter Thorwarths previous movie Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999) where Keek (Oliver Korittke) and Andy (Markus Knüfken) discover the dead body of Schlucke (Martin Semmelrogge) in the trunk. See more »

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Spoofs Armageddon (1998) See more »

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Performed by Helmut Schafzahl (as Helmut aus Mallorca)
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A glimmer of hope for German comedies?
2 March 2002 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

When I went to a screening of this movie, I asked myself why there's a need to re-shoot a short film that was already well done as a feature-length movie. Well, I was wrong. Not only did director Peter Thorwarth manage to keep up a continuous flow of interesting events, he also blew up the film on its triple length (or even more) without recognizable thinning of the plot. In addition, new events were added that enriched the whole experience.

I'm writing this so exuberant, because this way of working is not common usage in Germany. Usually, feature films lack a certain amount of content, and they could in most cases easily be told in 30 minutes. Peter Thorwarth has shown that he is more than capable in handling more than one strang of plot.

This movie is - in its own way - hilarious to watch. In its own way, because in Germany, many different definitions of humor exist. The Ruhrpott (where this film takes place) is completely different in their understanding of what's funny than for example Bavaria, Berlin, Hamburg or even neighboring nations like Austria, Switzerland or France. This is the reason why there can't be a "German comedy". You'd have to reduce all jokes and events onto a level that is the least common denominator, and that reduces the effort to something most intelligent people won't enjoy. Peter Thorwarth managed the dangerous tightrope walk between "funny for all of us" and "only funny for people from the area" and managed to produce a good, enjoyable movie. It won't be a milestone of European Entertainment, but it is a good finger exercise for future projects. I, for my part, wish good luck to Peter Thorwarth and his promising talent.


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