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Messy Christmas (2007)

Meine schöne Bescherung (original title)
A couple celebrates Christmas with their 3 ex-husbands, 1 ex-wife and everyone's new partners.

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Sara Meinhold
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Jan Meinhold
Jasmin Tabatabai ...
Rita
Meret Becker ...
Pauline
Rainer Sellien ...
Erich
Roeland Wiesnekker ...
Andi
Rosa Enskat ...
Eva
Andreas Windhuis ...
Gunnar
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Thomas
Ursula Doll ...
Anne
Alexandra Neldel ...
Isabell
Petra Kelling ...
Inge
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Helena
Bjarne Mädel ...
Max (as Bjarne Ingmar Mädel)
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Carina Schmitz
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Jan and Sara have a patchwork family: Sara has been married three times before falling in love with Jan and she brought one child from every previous marriage into this family. Jan has only been married once before and he, too, brought a child into this family. Now, Sara invited all their ex-spouses along with their new partners and children to celebrate Christmas with them. While they are makes jibes at each other, Sara reveals that she is pregnant with Jan's child - except Jan has sterilized himself without telling Sara. Who is the father of his child? All of Sara's ex-husbands are immediately suspect and Jan is adamant about finding out.

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22 November 2007 (Germany)  »

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Messy Christmas  »

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€3,000,000 (estimated)
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23 November 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

If it wasn't for Jasmin Tabatabai's brooding glamour and Alexandra Neldel's pushed-up boobs, I would have walked out mid-movie. "Meine schöne Bescherung" is noisy, hysterical and utterly pointless. Everything is exaggerated to the point of ridicule and empty mannerism. What little charm there is (Santa gone bad, patchwork promiscuity, precocious youngsters), we have seen a million times before, and with more panache. The cliché extends even to the movie's cast; half the usual suspects of contemporary German cinema are there. "Meine schöne Bescherung" has "made for TV" written all over it, but I can't for the life of me figure out who this might appeal to. A couple of years ago director Vanessa Jopp said in an interview it was her dream to "make people wiser". Dream on.


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