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If It Don't Fit, Use a Bigger Hammer (2002)

Was nicht passt, wird passend gemacht (original title)
A group of rather slap dash builders are rather imaginative at solving what problems come their way. Whatever it is that doesn't fit the picture, it will be made fit in no time. This ... See full summary »


Peter Thorwarth


Peter Thorwarth (screenplay), Matthias Dinter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Willi Thomczyk Willi Thomczyk ... Horst
Ralf Richter Ralf Richter ... Kalle
Hilmi Sözer Hilmi Sözer ... Kümmel
Peter Thorwarth ... Philipp
Dietmar Bär ... Werner Wiesenkamp
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Astrid
Armin Dillenberger ... Marek
Crescentia Dünßer Crescentia Dünßer ... Urte
Nicholas Bodeux ... Arno (as Nicolas Bodeux)
Michael Brandner ... Ernst Wiesenkamp
Patrizia Moresco Patrizia Moresco ... Gerda Wiesenkamp
Tana Schanzara Tana Schanzara ... Mama Wiesenkamp
Riccarda Menne Riccarda Menne ... Kümels Frau
Tilla Borgelt Tilla Borgelt ... Mädchen auf der Grillparty
Birgit Stojanov Birgit Stojanov ... Grazyna


A group of rather slap dash builders are rather imaginative at solving what problems come their way. Whatever it is that doesn't fit the picture, it will be made fit in no time. This approach works equally well with a tightfisted contractor or the remains of an illegal foreign worker on the site. And then they're saddled with an arrogant student of architecture who is doing his work experience with them - and who shows interest in the pretty daughter of one of them.

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When Kalle (Ralf Richter) picks up the materials at the hardware store, you can see two young guys kicking against their car in the background. It is a part of the scene from Peter Thorwarths previous movie Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999) where Keek (Oliver Korittke) and Andy (Markus Knüfken) discover the dead body of Schlucke (Martin Semmelrogge) in the trunk. See more »


Spin-off Was nicht passt wird passend gemacht (2003) See more »


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Subculture-comedy at its best!!!
30 December 2002 | by bogemamSee all my reviews

Before I went to the cinema to watch the movie I thought that there was no way at all that it might possibly get even close to its predecessor "bang boom bang". But in fact it did. It is not as good as "Bang boom bang" but almost. As with probably every subculture-comedy it is quite helpfull to be part of it in order to really get it. I grew up with people like those in the movie in my neighborhood and I have to say: Just perfect! The bunch of builders and a nerdy construction stundent that star the movie transport the scenery and the characters of Germany's working class of the ruhr-district area so convincingly and at the same time so hilariously that I can only say: Go and check it out for yourself, you'll love it (if you can speak german though). It's out in Germany on DVD already with tons of superextra stuff on it. It is only a pity that the movie will probably never be one for the screens all over the world as its humor simply cannot be translated as it lives of its language and accent.

Martin Bögemann

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Senator Film [Germany]




German | Polish | Turkish

Release Date:

7 March 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

If It Don't Fit, Use a Bigger Hammer See more »


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DEM6,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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