Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution.

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Phillip
Gregor Bloéb ...
Maiwald
Tom Jahn ...
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Andreas Brandt ...
Karl-Heinz
Robert Viktor Minich ...
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Ralf Knicker ...
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Irshad Panjatan ...
Gopal
Simone Hanselmann ...
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Doris Golpashin ...
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Peer Jäger ...
Gründgens
Us Conradi ...
Frau Arnim
Franziska Knuppe ...
Maiwalds Freundin
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Titanic Mann
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Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution.

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According to the GfK the filmmakers disguised themselves as journalists for research for this movie. They never admitted to the workers of the GfK that they are making a movie about TV ratings based on their research. See more »

Goofs

During the IMA-introduction the guide said that the panels are not paid for using the rating box. While it is true that they don't get paid, however they do get a refund on electricity and chances on internal lotteries. See more »

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Showmoderatorin: It is this man's fault that you all became completely stupid. All alone.
Rainer Kuhhirt: No, this is not true, you know it. I just stole everything. I just stole the concepts from other people, from Holland, from Japan, from whatever. This all existed
Showmoderatorin: Rainer. We can't understand you.
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Way to ruin your reputation, Mr. Weingartner
30 December 2008 | by (Austria, Vienna) – See all my reviews

With "Das weiße Rauschen" and "Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" Hans Weingartner was well on his way to become one of the most promising Austrian directors. Then he goes on to make this movie and his talent seriously has to be questioned.

"Free Rainer" seems like the story an over motivated class representative would think up. The little message that the movie has got - most of what's on television is stupid - is driven home with a mallet. The conclusion - people watch whatever is on, and if you give them "intelligent" television they'll be more than happy to imbibe it - is implausible, to say the least.

The acting and editing are awkward for the most part. The usually mediocre Gregor Bloéb shines as a sleek program director, but the rest of the cast is forgettable at best. From the get go, when Rainer (Moritz Bleibtreu) drives through the streets, drinking Vodka, toting a gun and a baseball bat, listening to "aggressive" music (Downset's "Anger"... Jesus Christ, you seriously live in the past, Weingartner), you can't help but wonder: Is this meant seriously? Is it just a dream sequence or something? Is it going to get better? The answers to those questions are Yes, No and No.

"Free Rainer" is an embarrassment, a career shatterer. Its intentions might have been good, but the result is a boring, unbelievable and annoying movie, that wishes it could maintain the anarchic power of "Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" (which is awkwardly referenced as a "quality" movie in "Free Rainer"). Weingartner's next project will have to make up for this mess.


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