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Go for Zucker (2004)

Alles auf Zucker! (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy | 6 January 2005 (Germany)
A Journalist of Jewish descent in Berlin feels that he is a loser of the political changes in Germany after 1989. When his mother dies, he has to meet his brother to whom he has not talked ... See full summary »

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Dani Levy

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Hübchen Henry Hübchen ... Jakob 'Jaeckie Zucker' Zuckermann
Hannelore Elsner ... Marlene Zuckermann
Udo Samel ... Samuel Zuckermann
Golda Tencer ... Golda Zuckermann
Steffen Groth Steffen Groth ... Thomas Zuckermann
Anja Franke Anja Franke ... Jana Zuckermann
Sebastian Blomberg ... Joshua Zuckermann
Elena Uhlig ... Lilly Zuckermann
Rolf Hoppe ... Rabbi Ginsberg
Inga Busch Inga Busch ... Irene Bunge
Antonia Adamik Antonia Adamik ... Sarah Zuckermann
Renate Krößner ... Linda
Axel Werner Axel Werner ... Eddy Dürr
Gada Hammoudah Gada Hammoudah ... Janice (as Ghada Hammoudah)
Tatjana Blacher Tatjana Blacher ... Tatjana
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Storyline

A Journalist of Jewish descent in Berlin feels that he is a loser of the political changes in Germany after 1989. When his mother dies, he has to meet his brother to whom he has not talked for years and to meet all his other family members. But during the preparations for the funeral he plays a snooker-cup for paying his debts with the money for the victory, and many other things mixes up. Written by Benjamin Stello

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An unorthodox comedy.

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Comedy

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 January 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Go for Zucker See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,130, 11 December 2005

Gross USA:

$86,553, 16 July 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A German Comedy That Is Actually Funny
19 February 2006 | by Crap_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

I usually find German comedies about as amusing as bad diarrhea. I love German cinema but films like "Der Schuh des Manitus" and the entire "Otto" series have traumatised me to the point where I now just stick with German dramas and thrillers. Therefore, it was a big surprise to find that Alles Auf Zucker is not only an extremely well made and acted film, but also very funny.

The set up in Alles Auf Zucker has been done many times before, bringing two mismatched parties together in order to reach a common goal. In this case, brothers Jaeckie and Samuel are forced to end their long running feud and strictly follow Jewish customs for 7 days after the funeral of their mother in order to accept her inheritance. The twist being that while Samuel's family live as orthodox Jews, Jaeckie has entirely forgotten his religion. Many of the laughs stem from Jaeckie's wife's last minute crash-course in Jewish culture and Jaeckie's general disinterest.

The film owes a lot of its charm to Henry Huebchen, who plays Jaeckie, and Hannelore Elsner, who plays his wife. Alles Auf Zucker is really built around Huebchen's performance and he is effortlessly convincing as an endearing loser. Elsner, in my opinion the best actress working in Germany at the moment, brings her usual skill and world weary charm to what is really little more than a supporting role. Udo Samel also deserves praise for his turn as Samuel, fleshing out a character that could have been little more than a stereotype in the hands of a lesser actor.

In addition to some fine performances, Alles Auf Zucker is also blessed with a witty script and stylish direction by Dani Levy. These qualities more than make-up for some lazy plotting, such as Samuel's Ecstasy experience, and the unnecessary touches of whimsy that have Jaeckie speak directly to the audience. I think the film could have also done without the creepy inter-cousin romance. Nevertheless, these are minor faults with what is a very funny and charming film.


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