Maria, He Doesn't Like It (2009)
"Maria, ihm schmeckt's nicht!" (original title)

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When Jan decides to marry his girl-friend Sara, he is not aware of his opponent: her father, who is an Italian patriarch. Antonio won't hear of a wedding anywhere else than in Campobello, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Banfi ...
Antonio - Saras Vater
Christian Ulmen ...
Ursula - Saras Mutter
Gundi Ellert ...
Gisela - Jans Mutter
Peter Prager ...
Eberhard - Jans Vater
Paolo De Vita ...
Ludovica Modugno ...
Lucia Guzzardi ...
Nonna Anna
Antonino Bellomo ...
Nonno Calogero (as Nino Bellomo)
Leonardo Nigro ...
Antonio (jung)
Pierluigi Ferrandini ...
Sergio Rubini ...
Egidio - Saras Onkel und Barbesitzer
Ursula (jung)
Enzo Salomone ...
Don Alfredo


When Jan decides to marry his girl-friend Sara, he is not aware of his opponent: her father, who is an Italian patriarch. Antonio won't hear of a wedding anywhere else than in Campobello, his hometown in southern Italy. Jan is faced with an overwhelmingly large Italian family, forced to discover new traits in his bride once she's embraced her Italian side, and looking forward to a lifetime of being the fifth wheel. But by and by, he also realizes that Antonio, who left his family for Germany when he was young and married a German woman later, knows all these feelings first-hand and doesn't like him the less for them. Still, there is the question: Should Jan and Sara really get married? Written by emkarpf

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6 August 2009 (Germany)  »

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Lino Banfi doesn't speak one word of German, and had cue cards written in a kind of phonetic transliteration to be able to speak his German lines. See more »


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The hilarity of being a stranger
11 August 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The Germans Jan and Sara want to marry. The problem: Her father Antonio is Italian and used to have things his way. So the wedding is to take place in Campobello, in the midst of Antonio's numerous family. Jan faces bravely the hurdles thrown in his way: frutti di mare in every dish despite his allergy, a bed not fit to sleep in, strange pictures and temperamental family members who mistrust him because he doesn't seem as enthusiastic as they wish him to be. Many hilarious situations ensue - some of which you may have seen in other films, but nevertheless they appear fresh and witty, due to the screen writing and the superb acting on the part of Christian Ulmen and Lino Banfi, supported by an equally good cast. The locations in Italy add their own charm to the film. The only weakness of the film is the ending, which is surprising, but still seems a little lame. The rest is fun to watch, recommended for a summer evening. Note: This film is an adaptation of Jan Weiler's autobiographical book of the same title, Weiler also co-wrote the screenplay. Since I haven't read the book, I can't compare the film to it.

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