Alcoholic and low budget stuntman Ron Goossens has to get The Netherlands' most successful actrice between the sheets in order to save his own marriage. Will he succeed? A new outrageous ... See full summary »
After finding out that they have a debt of EUR40.000 with the tax service, four very out-of-shape men working at a car shop start to train for a marathon, in which they can win the money to pay the debt.
Stefan de Walle,
Martin van Waardenberg,
Five friends from 'Maaskantje' are being fired because of the economic crisis. They decide not to pay for anything anymore. They're stealing beer and food, while the police tries to end their efforts. Unfortunately, the cop from Maaskantje is unable to stop the five friends so the minister of defense decides to send help....Written by
DJ Paul Elstak was asked to appear in the movie and compose a song, since he is the musical hero of the five main characters. For his appearance, he even grew his signature mustache from the nineties. See more »
When Peter Aerts gets knocked out, he falls to the ground and his arms are lying next to his body. In the next shot, his arms are lying on his body. See more »
In the German dubbed version, various dialogues were removed or changed:
When the New Kids meet the old man he says "This place was packed with Jews in 1942. You would hand them over to the Nazis and they would give you anything. That was a good deal.". This became "In 1942 I got everything I wanted from the Germans. That was a good deal."
The scene where the old man presents a Nazi uniform and says "Goebbels gave me this jacket. Personally! He was a nice guy." was deleted.
In the end credit scene the one of garbageman tells a sex story to his colleague. The dialogue of that scene was deleted, you only hear the music.
Entertaining "Do not try this at home". Anyway, know what to expect before you go
I must admit having missed the modern meaning of "New Kids" in The Netherlands. I thought it to be only a shorthand for the boys band from many years ago. How wrong I was! A paraphrasic sketch on the Deventer Humor Festival 2010 was needed to put me straight and to trigger some google-ing, just to make me feel having lived under a rock for 3 years. Apparently, this sort of language and behavior was allowed on TV screens at hours suitable for family viewing. How come this did not raise questions in parliament? Why did it not invoke censorship from TPTB (The Powers That Be)?
Contradictory reviews are the best way to get me into a movie theater. Also, I was wondering how one could possibly fill nearly 90 minutes with (I thought) very thin material. But they succeeded splendidly, apart from the ending that was nearly as surreal as the ending of the first (1986) Flodder movie. Of course, it is easy to criticize this finale from my position as an innocent bystander. It could have been the only way to believably wrap-up the story line.
Though a lot of political incorrectness passes by, plus an overload of strong language, I don't think any viewer of any age will be turned into a follower. The crux lies in the degree of over-acting, effectively working out as a satire rather than setting an example. In the 90-ties we had similar discussions about the "Foutje, bedankt" ad for Reaal Verzekeringen, which some people assumed to induce insurance fraud. But the acting by Rijk de Gooyer was clearly recognizable as overly over-the-top, demonstrating it was not the right thing to do.
Speaking for myself, having lived at several locations in the province of Noord Brabant, the dialect sounded very natural. I could follow all dialogues without needing subtitles. I'm not sure, however, this will apply to other Dutch speaking people. There is sufficient testing material on several websites, just to become acquainted with the language and the behavior that seems to be the natural way of living in these circles. If you can't take it, do not go and stay home.
A nice twist was showing a series of bloopers while running the final credits. It worked perfectly to keep the usual early leavers on their seats. Will this introduce a new trend?
All in all, my final conclusion is that the movie is well made, casted perfectly, with the main actors performing very well. Their clothing and hair cut may not be the latest and greatest, but I assume that to be an integral part of the picture. The story has enough flesh to entertain us for 90 minutes. They surprised me positively with that, being an achievement in itself.
Hindsight addition one year later: My review of sequel "New Kids Nitro" is less favorable, and then I express myself euphemistically.
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