MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,388 this week

The Family Jewels (2003)
"Eierdiebe" (original title)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 515 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 5 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 200 titles
created 23 Aug 2011
 
a list of 1915 titles
created 15 Feb 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 27 Feb 2012
 
a list of 6290 titles
created 13 Apr 2013
 
a list of 300 titles
created 4 days ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Family Jewels (2003)

The Family Jewels (2003) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Family Jewels.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Flightplan (2005)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane.

Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage.

Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston
Train Birds (1998)
Comedy | Romance | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Hannes is a beer-truck driver in Dortmund. His biggest dream is to win the first prize at the International Time-Table Contest in Inari (Finland). When his new boss cancels his extra ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Lichtefeld
Stars: Joachim Król, Outi Mäenpää, Peter Lohmeyer
RED (2010)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.

Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman
R.I.P.D. (2013)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker
Gigantics (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the port town of Hamburg, Germany, Floyd decides that he's shipping out to South Africa and Singapore now that his two-year probation for an unspecified juvenile offense has been ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Schipper
Stars: Frank Giering, Florian Lukas, Antoine Monot Jr.
Night Shapes (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin's inhabitants. The down-and-out, the rich and the poor, the polizei, the street kids and taxi ... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Dresen
Stars: Myriam Abbas, Dominique Horwitz, Oliver Breite
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Sebastian Schipper
Stars: Daniel Brühl, Jürgen Vogel, Sabine Timoteo
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two brothers both of which can neither read nor write making their way across Germany in order to claim to their inheritance. On their way they meet Viktor, a deserted soldier of the sowjet... See full summary »

Director: Detlev Buck
Stars: Joachim Król, Horst Krause, Konstantin Kotljarov
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
Director: Gernot Roll
Stars: Kristian Kiehling, Tom Wlaschiha, Michael Krabbe
Insurgent (2015)
Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi

Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.

Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort
Neue Vahr Süd (TV Movie 2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

1980, West Germany. Frank Lehmann is drafted into the Bundeswehr because he neglected to object. As his petty-bourgeois pa claims his room for TV repairs, Frank moves in with hippie ... See full summary »

Director: Hermine Huntgeburth
Stars: Frederick Lau, Eike Weinreich, Miriam Stein
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Wotan Wilke Möhring ...
Martin Schwarz
Julia Hummer ...
Susanne
...
Harry
...
Roman Schwarz
Janek Rieke ...
Nickel
Doris Schretzmayer ...
Schwester Elke
Götz Schubert ...
Dr. Bofinger
Fatih Cevikkollu ...
Pfleger
Marie Gruber ...
Gabriele Schwarz
Thomas Thieme ...
Hans Schwarz
Leander Haußmann ...
Winnie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mirko Borscht ...
Neuer Patient des Dr. Bofinger
Jürgen Brandschedel ...
Herr Körner
Claudia Bratfisch ...
Frau Körner
Victor Calero ...
Patient Eins
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 January 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Családi ékszerek  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer/director Robert Schwentke survived testicular cancer himself. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Uproarious black comedy
13 September 2003 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

FAMILY JEWELS, which showed at Filmfest Kansas City on September 6, is an uproarious black comedy based on director and writer Robert Schwentke's bout with testicular cancer. With a M.A.S.H.-like irreverence for the medical profession, Schwentke attacks the taboos of death, balls, and cancer, with a deft absurdist touch. The Clash-inspired original soundtrack sets the tone. The film takes place almost entirely in a Berlin hospital, and is stylishly shot in bluish tones. It focuses on the main character's attempt to retrieve his post-op cancerous testicle. The heist is carried out by three twenty-something bald men attached to their rolling chemo-dispensers. The director uses auxiliary sound to great effect, from the snap of the doctor's latex gloves, the drip of the chemo drugs, or the screams of the horror videos preferred by the protagonists' roommates.

Schwentke is able to draw out amazing performances from his actors, particularly the main character, whose face registers dismay, fear, disgust and will-sometimes in a single shot.

Perhaps because it is autobiographical, the film shows great wisdom in how family members react to news of a life-threatening illness. The film finds humanity in the hero's refusal to let disease define him, and in the connections he forms with a waif-like female cancer victim and his two hospital roommates.

Not for the squeamish, the film is graphic but tasteful. And while the medical treatment seems-thank goodness-quite dated, the humor and characters are not.




10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What are your favorite German movies so far in 2003 and 2004? skinmeister
Wo gibts den Film? localtrader
Discuss The Family Jewels (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?