MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 42 this week

What a Man (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  25 August 2011 (Germany)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 2,734 users   Metascore: 39/100
Reviews: 2 user | 26 critic | 6 from Metacritic.com

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?

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 03 Dec 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 07 Jun 2014
 
a list of 31 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 32 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "What a Man" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: What a Man (2011)

What a Man (2011) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of What a Man.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Schlussmacher (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An employee at a professional separation agency, a business that helps couples break up, Paul tries to tackle the problems that come with Toto, the boyfriend of a customer, while he has his own thinking to do about love and relationships.

Directors: Matthias Schweighöfer, Torsten Künstler
Stars: Sascha Alexander, Ariane Pochon, Martin Neuhaus
Woman in Love (2011)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An actor's career takes a "Tootsie"-like turn when he lets himself be cast as a woman in a movie.

Director: Detlev Buck
Stars: Alexandra Maria Lara, Jenny Moore, Dejan Bucin
Friendship! (2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young man from East Germany travels to San Francisco to search for his father, who fled 12 years ago.

Director: Markus Goller
Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Friedrich Mücke, Alicja Bachleda
Vaterfreuden (2014)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Felix enjoys his single life to the fullest, but a ferret bites him, sterilizing him in the process. He tries everything in his power to find the soon-to-be mother of his only child, the result of his first and last sperm donation.

Directors: Matthias Schweighöfer, Torsten Künstler
Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Isabell Polak, Friedrich Mücke
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Ludo Decker and Anna Gotzlowski have been living together for two years. Everyday routine has set in, with Ludo neglecting his household responsibilities much to Anna's dislike, while he is... See full summary »

Director: Til Schweiger
Stars: Tom Beck, Annika Blendl, Yvonne Catterfeld
Frau Ella (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Markus Goller
Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Ruth-Maria Kubitschek, August Diehl
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rainbow press reporter Ludo is sentenced to 8 months, but is released on probation. But he has to work 300 hours for a local daycare center and meets Anna who has unfinished business with him.

Director: Til Schweiger
Stars: Til Schweiger, Nora Tschirner, Matthias Schweighöfer
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Simon Verhoeven
Stars: Til Schweiger, Nika von Altenstadt, Justus von Dohnányi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story follows six very different men and their struggles with women, family and work. Yet, they are somehow connected to each other.

Director: Simon Verhoeven
Stars: Christian Ulmen, Nadja Uhl, Wotan Wilke Möhring
Russendisko (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Russendisko is the story of Wladimir, Andrej and Mischa. Three young Russian friends, who move from Moscow to Berlin in a lucky wave of emigration right after the fall of the Berlin wall. ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Ziegenbalg
Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Friedrich Mücke, Christian Friedel
Kokowääh 2 (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Henry,his daughter Magda,his girlfriend Katharina and their newborn son live together happily,but everything starts to change when Katherina decides to live separately for a while.

Directors: Til Schweiger, Torsten Künstler
Stars: Arthur Abraham, Andreas Adam, Sascha Alexander
Kokowääh (2011)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Henry is a handsome screenwriter who is trying to win the heart of the woman he truly loves. His plans are interrupted when he finds Magdalena, a little girl at his house.

Director: Til Schweiger
Stars: Numan Acar, Meret Becker, Gode Benedix
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Alex
Mavie Hörbiger ...
Carolin
...
Jens
Paul Alhäuser ...
Frank
Julia Niegel ...
Henriette
...
Okke
Lilay Huser ...
Okke's Oma
...
Nele
Vedat Erincin ...
Okke's Vater
Luise Bähr ...
Krankenschwester Nina
Friedrich Mücke ...
Arzt
Tom Zickler ...
Arzthelfer (as Thomas Zickler)
...
Etienne
Noah Wiechers ...
Alex jung
Julia Nelles ...
Mädchen 1
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | | |

Release Date:

25 August 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Todo un hombre  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Alex: [translation] I think you're so afraid of being lied to that you can't be honest with yourself.
Nele: I'd rather lie to myself than accept being lied to by an old friend.
See more »

Soundtracks

Night Falls
Written and performed by Walter Merziger, Arno Kammermeier, Peter Hayo
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


19 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss What a Man (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?