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Improved from being exclusively crap to being mostly crap
"Die Superbullen - Sie kennen keine Gnade" is a German 85-minute movie from 2011, so this one has its 5th anniversary this year. This is the third film from a trilogy of big screen releases in which Tom Gerhardt, lead actor and writer, channels his Hausmeister Krause character, really his only shtick for almost 1.5 hours. This trilogy started in the 1990s already. His co-writer is Franz Krause (fitting name) who has not really a career outside of the Gerhardt universe and the director is Gernot Roll, who was also the man in charge behind the camera on "Ballermann 6", the second movie from this series. But back to this one here. I must say I am admittedly positively surprised a bit. It is not as crappy from start to finish as were films one and two. There is a somewhat funny scene here and there, but there are still several very unfunny scenes, such as about the duo unintentionally (almost) killing a man at the hospital or an accumulation of fart sounds, which was when the film hit rock-bottom.
Because of these scenes, my rating is again the same as it was for the two previous films, a */*****. I still admit that it's slightly better. Maybe the humor and comedy are just more adequate in terms of what people find funny today and the two older films were accurate for what people found funny in the 1990s, but have aged very badly. As for Gernot Roll, mentioned him earlier already, he is without a doubt one of the defining cinematographers in German film history, but he is also one example of a man who is a good cinematographer, but apparently a very weak director. Here he worked on films 2 and 3 from a trilogy that without a doubt can be considered a major contender for worst German trilogy of all times. Yes this is still way weaker than Erkan & Stefan for example. I wrote in another review that the comedy and humor Gerhardt uses in his films has a lot of similarities with the Werner Beinhart films, but it is just not working for a live action film as it is for an animated film. The story here is about the two becoming cops in search of a disappeared goat that is the mascot of a soccer club and the club has been losing a lot since he disappeared. There are several known names "acting" in this film. At least German film and television experts will recognize many of the people in here. To end the review on a positive note, I thought this film peaked already in the first couple minutes when the makers made fun of one of these abysmal quizzes currently airing on German television. Sadly, their work here is really mostly on par in terms of the quality with these shows. I give a major thumbs-down.
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