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What a Man: The young teacher Alex is abandoned by his girlfriend Caroline and therefore begins a journey in search of himself. But how he overcomes the pitfalls out there for a modern man? And what is it that makes a man a man?

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Alex
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Nele
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Okke
Mavie Hörbiger ...
Carolin
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Jens
Theresa Underberg ...
Stine
Milan Peschel ...
Volker
Nora Jokhosha ...
Laura
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Etienne
Lilay Huser ...
Okkes Oma
Paul Alhäuser ...
Frank
Julia Niegel ...
Henriette
Friedrich Mücke ...
Arzt
Luise Bähr ...
Krankenschwester Nina
Thomas Zickler ...
Arzthelfer
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What a Man: The young teacher Alex is abandoned by his girlfriend Caroline and therefore begins a journey in search of himself. But how he overcomes the pitfalls out there for a modern man? And what is it that makes a man a man?

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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25 August 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Todo un hombre  »

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Mon Amour
Music & Lyrics by 'Ben l'Oncle Soul'
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14 December 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What A Man (WAM) tasted like it was a reply to Rabbits Without Ears (RWE) from 2007. Not only does WAM also feature actor Matthias Schweighöfer (here as the main protagonist) but it also deals with the presumed women's addiction to macho jerks. Except that WAM deconstructs the stereotype, rather than celebrating it (as in RWE), stressing that a man's authenticity is key. There's a funny scene when Alex talks to his male friend about the macho's assumed natural order of women liking men who tell them what to do - while a rowing boat passes by with a female coxswain commanding the male rowers, immediately calling Alex's conversation into question.

The film is creative, fun to watch and tackles the gender theme very well, sending Alex through various situations aimed at finding himself. The writing and cast was spot on and allowed me to feel the chemistry between Alex and Nele. WAM is a very good German film that made me laugh and emotionally engaged in the relationships. That said, as a romantic comedy it's not In the sea of negative stereotyping, it's good to know that some writers don't take the easy way out and know the art of letting you leave the movie theater with a good feeling.


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