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Seriously, first you seem to simply forget about some characters (Lolo just disappears. He's still there to be seen, but he doesn't take part in the story anymore and completely forgets about his trademark aggression and unpredictability.), second Anna falls for Ludo pretty suddenly and with very little incentive, third you're using that 'People talking way too loud in restaurants' gag too often, fourth some of the scenes don't make any sense at all (sadly most of them involving Matthias Schweighöfer, who is a great actor but his character just doesn't have enough to do here and has some scenes instead that don't seem to serve any purpose), fifth - where did that between Moritz and Miriam come from? That was really underdeveloped. Sixth: Armin Rohdes whole character is just one big stereotype (the douche bag acting as clown for kids). But most of all (here come the spoilers):
The third Act breaks down completely. I still go along with Jürgen picking up Anna in the park out of sympathy. But then she, who showed us some really beautiful dresses earlier in the movie, doesn't change for a red carpet event?!? While Jürgen does? And she doesn't look too uncomfortable with this? Admit it, you threw out a scene here that would have explained this, right? And the climax in the theater... Those people made up their minds about not enjoying Ludo as Mucki pretty fast, didn't they? And where did all that fruit come from all of a sudden? I am ready to suspend some disbelief when I go to a movie, but not THAT much. And I was hoping for one last dialog between Jürgen Vogel and Ludo. After all, Jürgen played a really mean trick on him but then let go off the girl for Ludo. I wanted to see some sign of newly found mutual respect between these men, who after all have a little personal history between them. Oh, and I already new the joke from the last scene. Old one. But you directed that very nicely.
So all in all, you get ten stars for the brilliant comedy ("Barfuß", which I LOVED, was even better, but this was very funny, too) but five stars deducted for some awful writing, which I know you can do better. And hope you will do better for your next project, which I am looking forward to.
Excuse my bad English, not even babel fish could get me right :-P
I really do not care if movies are realistic, but at least they need to be plausible and this movie fails. We have Mr Ueber-Cool Ludo, who does mind blackmailing people left and right in order to get his story. He treats women like crap and apparently has a history of abusive behavior. However, despite all these traits, he is perfect with children as well?! The way he acts around kids and his skills in handling them is in no way consistent with his other behavior.
All in all, even though I'm not a big romantic, I was, to my own surprise, somehow very touched by this movie and I enjoyed it very much, I laughed, I cried, I sympathized - the perfect entertainment. I will definitely buy it on DVD.
Just as in "Barefoot" (a love story of a self-involved cad and a depressively sweet escapee from a psych hospital with an aversion to footwear), Schweiger uses the same sort of emotional modulation with a touch of transparent manipulation and a fair amount of feel-good montages to present its apparent mainstream appeal of the adorable differences between men and women. You could transplant everything here from a Frankfurt to New York setting while a Matthew McConaughey could easily play Schweiger's dapper hunk and a Sandra Bullock could slot in as his female co-star Nora Tschirner the latter being a dead ringer for the Hollywood star.
So what's a rabbit without ears but just another flaw to be overcome? Schweiger plays Ludo, a paparazzi reporter who sees his work and women as one venture. Till, he messes up and gets 300 hours of community service at a local day-care facility run by an ex-classmate, the frumpily attractive Anna (played by Tschirner) who still harbours an improbable resentment of Ludo and his teasing over 20 years ago.
But what's even more dubious is how easily these set-ups and facades drop to accommodate the inevitability of its central pairing. Ludo finds his redemption being surrounded by enamoured toddlers while Anna falls deeply into a void of self-esteem, which is to say into the arms of the obliviously receptive Ludo. It could just as readily be named "Men Are Dogs and the Women Who Love Them".
Schweiger lazily allows the strings to be seen. There are scenes so ludicrously over the top and undeveloped that questions about the writing and editing have to be raised. Characters cease to act like they were written and anachronistic scenes mar emotional pay-offs that could have been promising given the film's punchy performances and frequently wry dialogue.
Sex is fundamental to these upwardly mobile Germans, but the utter puerility of sex-faces and loud restaurant reveals aside, the understated view on sexual politics is particularly lurid. The strongly defined angular features of Schweiger augments an ability to convey quick nods of sympathetic posturing an incredibly useful tool that belies Ludo's selfish actions and blurs the perception beyond acceptable behaviour and the resulting consequences of its main pairing. Schweiger needs to rediscover the sweet emotionality of his previous film and disregard the rank superficiality of this film.
How come I absolutely disliked this movie? That is a question easy to answer. 'KeinOhrHasen' is nothing else, but roughly two hours of flat slapstick-jokes, Til Schweigers constant celebration of himself and vaunt and a completely unrealistic and unreasonable 'love'story. Everything in this movie appears constructed and put in place, there is no reasonable development, no witty humor or moral epiphany.
It justifies superficial sex and One-Night-Stands, subverts every moral of feelings or love and leaves one with the bitter taste of knowing, that it tries to be a romantic comedy in modern age, but simply ends up being a romantic comedy without any serious romance or comedy.
The only real tension the two main characters ever experience, is when she tells him she is shaved - everywhere. Personally, I want a romantic comedy to be about two people falling in love, fighting for their love and ending happily ever after. Not two completely out-of-place characters that feel randy about the other.
Just almost two hours of Til Schweiger, standing there in a suit, trying to justify his douchebag-y behavior and superficial relationship to women.
Okay, Til Schweiger has delivered much worse products in his career. "Keinohrhasen" its not the worst thing he did. But anyway, please don't waste your time with this movie. People who like cheap and brainless popcorn-entertainment will be amused. The rest should better keep their hands off this DVD
He hasn't changed that much in his treatment and opinion of women, so it comes as no surprise that she eventually falls for him. Because that's what happens when painfully shy girls with glasses meet attractive but annoyingly vain and superficial womanizers. (And to quote Homer Simpson, THAT was sarcasm).
But hey, he's good with children, so it's all right in the end.
The writer, director, producer and star of this vanity project apparently decided to take a shot at making a stupid, formulaic, romantic comedy, without taking in consideration that even stupid, formulaic, romantic comedies follow some rules of dramatic construction, such as three-dimensional characters (jeez, or at least BI-dimensional ones), causality, sustained conflict and... well, funny jokes.
(A couple of jokes in the movie I found funny, that much I will admit.)
Since this was apparently a box office success, I guess they must have done something right, and I have absolutely no taste. Well, I can live with that.
I was fooled by a cute trailer into renting this thing and sat through this painfully unfunny movie. Two hours of my life that will never come back.
This is the latter case. Til Schweiger again plays a cynical guy who seems to immune to love or affection. He has given a wonderful performance and done an admirable job in directing as well. He reprises the character he plays in Barfuss, which also has a very similar feel to this film. I saw him in this movie first so I like it much more. Of course Barfuss is almost as good, and I recommend it if you have liked this movie.
Also the scenes with Jürgen Vogel were hilarious.
Ludo (Til Schweiger) is a hotshot tabloid journalist and a serial one- night-stander, before he is sentenced to 300 hours of social service in a Kindergarten. This day care centre, unlike other such institutions in Berlin, is set on a farm somewhere in Denmark (by the looks of it) and is run by no more than two women, who are also flatmates and sleep in the same bed. Cue lots of cute scene of macho hardbody Til Schweiger being a super surrogate dad for the tiny tykes, and eventually and predictably falling for the square (she wears glasses) ugly duckling Anna.
So the story is super-naff and Til Schweiger plays the only role he is capable of (himself), but this is partially compensated by the female leads Nora Tschirrner (Anna) and Alwara Höfels (Miriam, Anna's sassy colleague). While Höfel is likable as the trash-talking floozy with a heart, Tschirrner believably and memorably carries of her role of a socially inept and insecure everywoman by rebranding her natural laconicism as the protective shield of a social outcast.
Overall, it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated.
It is one of the poorest attempts to visualise human relationships that I've seen in quite a long time.
At least there are some nude shots of Nora. But this is totally not enough.
If someone is searching for good German recent movies check Faith Akin's work.
Well I liked the trailer and it seemed to be one of those romantic comedies where you know what you get: Jokes, hugs, romance The jokes were predictable and with zero(!) creativity. Simply too obvious. Unfortunately very very German.
The characters were really lousy. I mean she is just not a nerd, but a mid class actress trying to be clumsy. And all he got are those two face expressions. I did like him in Knocking on heaves door, but here he just doesn't fit. Don't get me wrong, but I am watchin My Name is Earl and that kinda guy would have been a much better choice.
Well I cant say anything about the romance and the plot. Because me and my wife stopped watching after 15, 20 min.
I tried it the next day myself. But didn't get better so i didn't make it through it again. :( If you like German humor go for it, everybody else stay away.
First of all, it's not a bad movie. But it could have been so much better.
I liked: The screenplay of Anna (Nora Tschirner) was amazing, I didn't know her before and I have to say that she is a great actress! you really buy it that she's a nerdy and stubborn girl. Ludo (Til Schweiger) was great, too. He is an amazing actor and really talented. He fitted the role perfectly in my opinion.
I didn't like: The jokes. Most of them were pretty lame, BUT the good ones made me laugh really hard, what compensated this a bit. The story could have been much more complex in my opinion. Also, I found some of the scenes pretty awkward or unrealistic...as for example near the end of the movie, when Anna and Jürgen walk over the red carpet and she wears her usual boring nerdy outfit, I was like yeah, as if that would *ever* happen. And the scene when Ludo crashes through the glass ceiling...total unnecessary if you ask me. They should have focused more on the character and love story development than on lame jokes and stuff, that was maybe considered as 'action' or something... I don't know. So, i give this movie a 6 star rating.
The acting of the main characters are solid but not outstanding. Till Schwaiger should train his voice because most times you can't understand a word because of his mumbling.
To be honest I must admit that I just went to see this movie because of Nora Tschirner. She played a role in a TV Series that I kinda liked.
The story had some good laughs - more than I did expect from a romantic comedy. In the end it gets kinda romantic as it should be and the happy end is preassigned. But thats how it should be like :-).
I am no huge friend of that genre, but I was well entertained and not bored during the 115 minutes. Even boys who are more comfortable with the action / horror genre and have a girlfriend go and watch the movie. For all the heard-break stuff you get Nora nude *lol*.
Let me have a word about the nude-scenes: they seemed to be designed just to get some men seeing the movie. They did not really fit into the story and they could have easily been left out. There was no need to have Nora that often naked apart from the scene on the toilet what was really funny and was good for a good laugh. ...and that out of the mouth of a man that is not gay *lol* *shamed*.
Anyway: to sum it up I enjoyed the movie :-)
The film's first third is very promising - unfortunately there are two other thirds which lack imagination and creativity. Especially the last third is more than lame. The movie makers obviously had used up all of their ideas before.
Til Schweiger proves to be a reliable and sympathetic actor. But he should do something about his voice. He would do himself a favor if he managed to lower it a little bit and get more melody into his way of speaking.
They say that Nora Tschirner is one of Germany's most popular young actresses. I can understand that. She delivers a convincing portrayal of an erotically retarded young woman whose seductive aura equals zero. What I didn't understand was the reason why she has to do two brief, totally superfluous nude scenes. What we get to see is really not that remarkable. At the same time, the bare chest easily destroys some of the ambiguity that Tschirner tries to put into her character.
In short: Enjoy the clever beginning, but prepare for an unsatisfying ending enriched with some clichés.
I enjoyed this film very much and I can only recommend it to almost anybody, but it really has some flaws that keep gnawing on your mind when you leave the Theater... why the random nudity, what happened to his sisters son, where the hell did Jürgen go, why did Nora dress up for Tramitz, but not for Jürgen, where did all the eggs and tomatoes in the theater come from...
the result was the Beta-Version of a really really good movie.
7 out of 10 points from me
The soundtrack is, simply, horrible. It seemed chosen by a 15 year old girl. There is also a ultra awkward explanation about types of man with regards to their sex prowess. It seemed totally uncalled for and made me cover my eyes while recoiling in not serious way.
The movie has a few bright spots, such as when a little kid gets a dart stuck in his head and says in a funny cold fashion that he doesn't hear a thing, giving us a small taste of dark humor in a movie that doesn't set that tone at all. Another funny part was when the main female character had to use the bathroom but couldn't close the door. One of the few times I actually felt connected to the character through their embarrassment.
But through all the predictability and all it's redundant (and sometimes annoying) scenes, there are a few comedy gems to be found here. It is obvious that they had fun making it. Unfortunately, this might not translate as good to the screen as you'd hoped for. You can either overlook it's weaknesses and concentrate on the chemistry, between Nora and Till (who wouldn't have a good chemistry with her?) or (unfortunately) realizing, that it isn't as good as you was made to think it is. Still far better than it's sequel ...