Leroy (16) is an Afro-German boy who, not only notoriously unlucky, must also battle with an identity crisis born of the fact that he is both a highly cultured, well-mannered German AND ...
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Leroy (16) is an Afro-German boy who, not only notoriously unlucky, must also battle with an identity crisis born of the fact that he is both a highly cultured, well-mannered German AND black, thus belonging to two minorities. Leroy has a girlfriend, Eva, whose brothers happen to be Neo-Nazi skinheads, Leroy's natural enemies. After some time, and against all odds, Leroy and Eva's brothers have managed to become friends, and one day they ask Leroy to join them, afro and all. Leroy declines and sets off on a long walk through Berlin with his Greek friend Dimitrios. Whilst distributing supermarket leaflets across a dirty, overcrowded city pulsing to a 70s soul-groove, Leroy and "Dimmi" discuss the sorer spots of the German condition human: white foreigners and black Germans, the problem Germans have saying the word "Jew", colored people on tanning beds and Hitler's plan to convert the colors of all German traffic lights to black, red and gold. When Leroy and Dimmi almost get beaten up ...Written by
When Leroy and his dad talk about men and women in dad's laboratory, they are having a drink that reads "Ghetto Raid". See more »
Gay and jewish, my brothers will thank me for that.
Why do you say jewish and not jew? He's a gay jew.
Leroy, don't say stuff like that.
But that's no insult.
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I ask myself: How can anybody find this movie amusing and laugh freely about its (at best) mediocre humour, while the reality in Germany in some places isn't funny at all for people with darker skin? The one word that came to my mind is: apologetic. Is this movie trying to find a somewhat fresh plot? Maybe.... although in a very raw manner. People definitely can find some of the scenes funny, but still one can not simply find comfort in the fact that a very serious matter is treated with such painfully rough comedy style..... education, prejudice, coming-of-age as a black male in a white-dominated society - and then this Nazi-family-meets-black-guy-everything-is-possible feel-good comedy???
So why apologetic? There was a warning during the World Cup in Germany saying that some of the Eastern parts of the country weren't safe for black persons... which was heavily discussed and objected against by the government. So in that respect: What is the message of this movie? That the reality isn't that bad at all? That the illusion of a black guy going out with a Nazi families' daughter could possibly happen? I know that comedy needs ridiculous and grotesque plots.... but this is just going too far. Can Nazis, who in fact hurt, harass and even murder people like Leroy in real life, be shown as such somewhat clumsily funny types? No. Period. Any guy like this Leroy running into a bunch of those would simply try to get out of there as fast as possible. Guess why?
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