What a Man (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  25 August 2011 (Germany)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mavie Hörbiger ...
Paul Alhäuser ...
Julia Niegel ...
Lilay Huser ...
Okke's Oma
Vedat Erincin ...
Okke's Vater
Luise Bähr ...
Krankenschwester Nina
Friedrich Mücke ...
Tom Zickler ...
Arzthelfer (as Thomas Zickler)
Noah Wiechers ...
Alex jung
Julia Nelles ...
Mädchen 1


Nice guy Alex has gone well out of his way to accommodate his petulant and demanding girlfriend Carolin, so it comes as a complete surprise when he finds out she's cheated on him and thinks little of their relationship (ending it). As he actively questions if he's all the man he should be, best friends Okke and Nele stick loyally by his side to weather him through it. Written by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »





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Release Date:

25 August 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Todo un hombre  »

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2.35 : 1
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Okke: [translation] Think of the cows. Do you want one or do you want them all?
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Music & Lyrics by Thomas E. Rusiak, Harn Manty, Daniel Alexander, Adiam Dymott
Performed by Adiam Dymott
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light fun with heart
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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