Der Wixxer (2004)
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It does start off in a rather amusing fashion, the first seven minutes (which also include the starting credits) promise a funny spoof in the tradition of ZAZ films like "The Naked Gun". But then the realisation hit me that there is a major difference between ZAZ films and "Der Wixxer": In a ZAZ film much of the slapstick will happen in the background, something which does not necessarily have to be noticed the first time you watch the film but which is funny nevertheless. If Leslie Nielsen falls down some stairs the focus will stay on his partner who does not notice what's happening - the spectator can laugh at the slapstick without being drawn away from the main scene. With "Der Wixxer" you have similar hilarious elements being pushed right in your face - instead of rounding off a funny scene these elements get stretched (very thin) to become scenes of their own.
*** Mild Spoiler *** For example a butler looking like Hitler dancing to David Hasselhoff's "Looking for Freedom" acts as a brilliant intermission from the Chief Inspector's verbal brawl with the main suspect. But to show him dancing for more than 30 seconds takes the fun out off the idea and makes it tedious to watch. Peter Griffin in "Family Guy" can pull off a stunt like this - unfortunately it did not work in "Der Wixxer" *** End of Mild Spoiler ***
To sum it up I can only say: some genuinely funny ideas - but unfortunately not enough for a really funny film.
The sad thing about this is that some of the actors have shown real talent and humor in German comedy shows. Must have been the writers and directors fault then. Oliver Kalkofe, whose impression of an actor playing an inspector is simply ridiculous, has his own TV show, in which he's doing parodies on remarkably inane TV moments. Sometimes it's very clever and extremely funny, sometimes he's just insulting those involved as "stupid" and "brainless". Those people will love this movie, where Kalkofe doesn't only play the leading role, but has also co-written the script. Whatever they've done, this is worse. It's not unintentionally funny, but unintentionally unfunny.
it's a ridiculous heap of scenes, which is boring from the beginning to the end and it's not like i don't appreciate that kind of joke. more than 10 years ago i laughed my butts off at naked gun, but now this film couldn't cope a bit with it and it's not at all original. in a nutshell: don't bother! another piece of junk in the German movie scene.
I also can only recommend this movie - not only to fans of the (main) actors but even more to those who love the old Edgar Wallace-movies.
I think that several jokes cannot fully be understood without knowing them - the criminal Kermit itself is a hit but the joke works even better when you know the original movie-title "Der Frosch mit der Maske" (The Frog With The Mask). What also pleased me very much was how some of the original characters have been imitated - behind Smeerlap I always saw Klaus Kinski,
Oliver Kalkofe is a perfect mixture of Joachim Fuchsberger and Heinz Drache and Bastian Pastewka spreads the same charme as his "original" Eddie Aren't.
This is not just kiddin' the old movies (as less as "Der Schuh des Manitu" is just kiddin' Winnetou, even if Pierre Brice still hasn't perceived it yet) - for me it is a loving hommage to these old movies.
And more over I'm glad to see that good German comedy is rare, indeed, but not dead!
Once there was a movie "Der Hexer", now there's "Der Wixxer". And once there was a movie "Neues vom Hexer" - can we expect "Neues vom Wixxer"? I would appreciate it very much!
I liked the gags - even some of the more puerile ones - and there were a few twists and turns in the plot, too. I'd even consider going to see it a second time.
The acting was well done, the scenes were well set up and the casting was great, too. I was quite impressed with the opening credits. The only criticism I have is that the out-takes during the end credits weren't as funny as those in Jackie Chan films.
It was just painful to sit through the entire movie. And I like silly comedies, I like "nonsense". I can find redeeming qualities in a movie if it is at least vaguely entertaining or if it makes me laugh out loud a few times. In a word, I'd be a good audience for this type of film, if only it had something good in it, anything. But this was just plain horrible. "I want those 80 minutes of my life back!"TM
I did laugh a few times, but it was really not enough to justify the time invested in watching this. Go rent a "Naked Gun" flick or something by the Monty Pythons ("Hitler in England", for example) instead. Even a Ben Stiller comedy would be better.
A shame that I was right.
The stylish intro of "Der Wixxer" was quite good, so I still kept my fingers crossed for the movie, but the movie degraded from minute to minute. Most of the jokes weren't hilarious at all - they were rather washed out, old and often simply not funny. The acting of most of the characters was mostly bad: Oliver Kalkofe's strong side obviously is NOT acting, Oliver Welke's (who I like as person) performance was terrible, Bastian Pastewka wasn't too funny nor convincing also. The best acting performance in my opinion was by Lars Rudolph who played Smeerlab and revived Klaus Kinski in his typical Edgar Wallace style. Adding to my negative expression were the references to Matrix and Silence of the Lambs - which I have seen in dozens of comedy movies before. Not helpful was in my opinion also to include "favorite characters" of the former TV shows of the cast like the roses selling pakistani. And yes - I could have done without the musical scene also.
*** spoiler warning ***
A nice touch though were the various German references (though the will probably be obsolete in a few years) and especially the inclusion of Kalkofe's long time opponent Achim Mentzel as the original "Der Wixxer".
My conclusion is that it's obviously not sufficient to team up with other funny guys and come up with a topic (here: German Edgar Wallace movies) which has not been covered before. Movie is apparently a more difficult business than that. Especially when watching a parody movie I expect a hilarious firework of jokes without any pauses and not some small firecrackers burning down once in a while.
For a 15 minutes TV sketch the idea and the jokes may have been sufficient but not for a silver screen movie - I have the feeling that they wasted quite a bit of potential here.
When I watched the movie, it was clear very soon, that I had seen the best scenes already in the trailer. D'oh ! I understand,that Bastian Pastewka and Oliver Kalkhofe tried to make this movie in true "so bad,its good"-fashion, but its just "so bad, eliminate everyone involved.".
oh yeah,one final note to the "artists": East-German Accents are not funny. Ten years ago,maybe, but now ? Shame on you. (and your parents). ;-)
After about 3 minutes I regretted watching wasting time and money on these 90 minutes of absolutely horrible "stuff". This was the first movie I was inclined to leave since "Hoffa" (I fell asleep in that one).
None of the characters are funny, the plot is terribly weak and way to easy to follow, the "east German" is horrible - I've heard better on B-Radio Shows and references to Matrix and Silence of the Lambs are futile attempts to make the movie funny.
The Butler Adolph Hatler, a weak impersonation of Hitler is funny the first time he shows up... and that's that.
Don't waste your time on this.
Absolutely true to the genre of movies it spoofs down to all tiny little details. You even have cameos of some of the original cast of the old Wallace movies.
Speaking about cameos: You will find some of the guys that Kalkofe bashed in his show some years ago which shows that even thought they produced trash TV at least they are good sports. Watch out for the Wildecker Herzbuben and Achim Mentzel, portraying the bad guys... what else.
Nice rip offs from the Matrix, some very low but funny optical slapsticks and well executed and timed deadpan jokes.
Some jokes were funny others not but that you have with nearly every comedy but i wasn't disappointed at all and "Der Wixxer" is definitely worth to watch. Only criticism is that it could have been a little longer.
And now i'm looking forward to the next big German comedy's this year "(T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1" and "Sieben Zwerge - Männer allein I'm Wald", let's see which of those three is the funniest.
Anyway "Der Wixxer" deserves a 8 / 10 from me.
It is the second German parody I've seen in my life and I think this movie is even better than "Manitou's Shoe" (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0248408/).
The actors are great! Oliver Kalkofe as Even Longer and his companion Bastian Pastewka as Very Long did a good job and made the movie very entertaining. Although my favourite character was another one: the butler "alfons hatler". If you see the movie you'll know at first glance who he is supposed to be and almost all his scenes are very funny (and I think it is the first time where this person was skited that well.
Although I don't believe that people outside Germany are able to understand the movie because there are some references to the former FRG.
Go and see it if you have the chance ;-)
All the actors do a good job: they behave like jackasses. Just like they should. It's a parody after all.
Not all jokes are great or even come across, but I'd say 40% was funny, 30% was very funny and 20% was hilarious.
The remaining 10% are redundant. But hey, we've all seen MUCH worse.
Actually, you will enjoy the movie even more if you have an extended movie knowledge and ... well ... if you're German. :)
Especially fans of Oliver Kalkofe should pay attention when the true identity of the Wixxer is revealed.
*** Mild Spoilers: ***
I could've done without the musical number. Basically the same flaw "Der Schuh des Manitu" had back then.
But that's just me.
*** End Of Mild Spoilers. ***
Oh, and I'm afraid that the movie won't age that well ... some movie references ALREADY seem dated. (You'll see what I mean.)
"Please stay on your seats after the movie, the main actors of the movie are visiting the stage and will answering questions after the movies Outro!"
This was the funniest cinema visit ever. I'm an Oliver Kalkofe (Chief Inspector Even Longer) fan since the first "Kalkofes Mattscheibe" Episodes on Premiere (German Pay TV channel) but i didn't expected this. The story is very good (for this kind of movie) and it's technically very nice. Sure, the most jokes of the movie are very simple but insiders do know Achim Menze and the connections to the Edgar Wallace movies.
Was at the premiere (Mai 10, 2004) and laughed the brains out. Really good story! Have a look at the small details (e.g. the tombstone: "Rather short. Rest in pieces") and the events always happening in the background.
I loved the perfect play with names and meanings (Inspector Very Long, Chief Inspector Even Longer, former Inspector Rather Short, Miss Drycunt, Miss Mini Pony --> greetings to James Bond).
Great actor: Christoph Maria Herbst as Butler Hatler: "I could serve as Fuehrer". Answer from Earl of Cockwood: "Not this time". PERFECT!
When leaving the theatre i looked around: everybody smiled.
Many extremely famous German celebrities have some really hilarious cameo appearances in this movie like the quiz-master Günter Jauch, the famous television star and musician Dieter Bohlen or the folklore musicians and brothers called Wildecker Herzbuben. They all present themselves in a very ridiculous way and don't mind laughing about themselves. Some of the best and most underrated German comedians played in a really convincing way in this movie like Oliver Welke, Olli Dittrich or Christoph Maria Herbst.
Though the movie is an excellent comedy movie, there is still a very spooky atmosphere, some tension and some action added to the whole thing and the movie never gets boring at all. The movie has been a big success in Germany and a less good sequel has been created a few years later but many people forgot about this hilarious movie. I really think that this movie should be more known outside of Germany as it really represents in a good way a very the funny side and the humour that the Germans certainly have but which many people don't know because it is only the social-critic dramas or "We are the bad Germans" world war movies that have had some success.
If you really want to know something about German humour, German culture and German high society or celebrities, this movie is an absolute must have. If you want to see an original and well done comedy movie, this movie is a must have too. For me, it is probably the best comedy movie of the decade and I must admit that is really hard to make me laugh and I prefer watch other kinds of movie normally. If I think this is funny, comedy movie freaks might just adore it even more.
Don't think about it any longer, just watch it!
What would I change about the movie? Maybe switch Tanja Wenzel for a better actress, but then again the actresses in these old Wallace movies were mostly only included for their looks and not for their range right? So it sort of fits the bill again. Another thing i really did like was Engelke's song going with the closing credits. Such a catchy tune. Awesome. Three years after this film, a sequel (check out this page for my upcoming review) came out and I read that a third film is planned for 2016 or 2017. Until then, you can head to theaters right now and watch director Tobi Baumann's newest movie. It also has Pastewka (his voice) and Engelke in it again. I read it is a bit of a Ghostbuster spoof and pretty funny, also for children. Back to this film here, I certainly recommend it. Kalkofe, Welke and Pastewka did a good job with the script. I believe by now it is probably far more popular than the movies of which it is a parody.