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Mer eller mindre mann (2012)

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35 year old Henrik is to establish himself with a pregnant girlfriend in a new apartment and start a new job. But he has some rather childish childhood friends, and is Henrik really ready to go from boy to more ore less a man?

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Paul
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Fredrik
Solvei Grimen Fosse ...
Mia
Ina Therese Lerner Grevstad ...
Henriette (as Ina-Therese Grevstad)
Aslag Guttormsgaard ...
Mann medvin
Erik Haugstad ...
Busssjåfør
Janne Heltberg ...
Tone (as Janne Heltberg Haarseth)
Kristine Hessvik ...
Mor i bil
Per Kjerstad ...
Kenneth
Elisabeth Lahr ...
Dame med navnelapper
Polly Lahr ...
Seminarvertinne
Anne Ma Usterud ...
Henriks mor
Terje Ranes ...
Simen
Tore Sagen ...
Henning
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35 year old Henrik is to establish himself with a pregnant girlfriend in a new apartment and start a new job. But he has some rather childish childhood friends, and is Henrik really ready to go from boy to more ore less a man?

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Approaching the challenge of becoming an adult
9 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Norwegian writer/director Martin Lund won many kudos for this off center comedy about the pangs of growing into adulthood. The film is difficult to label – it is not a comedy per se; it is more of an examination of the process of retardation when approaching the role of an adult and to that end the cast is exemplary in portraying that lost generation married to computers and cellphones and tablets and texting etc that they have not learned how to become responsible for their own lives and those of their families and loved ones.

35-year-old Henrik (Henrik Rafaelsen) is attempting to establish himself in a new responsible job (yes, IT type), lives with a pregnant girlfriend Tone (Janne Heltberg) in a new apartment and still parties with his high school buddies. But he has some rather childish ways of behaving (all of his friends share that degree of foolish nerdism) and Henrik must make the growth spurt that will make him a father instead of a perpetual teenager. The process is called maturing and Henrik is just beginning to experience that realm.

Henrik Rafaelsen has found that plane of innocence stirred with silliness and immaturity while he discovers the consequences of his childish behavior (in one scene he is sitting in a car reading Peter Pan and urinates, full frontal, on the book). There is a lot of horsing around in the gym, full frontal nudity and bizarre behavior among his buddies, and while that sort of 'fun' has its place in a sequestered gym, when it progresses to parties where behavior is not controlled by commonsense self discipline then things happen that result in Henrik's having to explain to Tone.

The film could be simply longwinded boredom were it not for the performances of the main characters. They invite us in and allow us to join them in the transformation toward adulthood. For that reason the film is really quite fine – it just takes patience and understanding.


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