An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin.

Director:

Jan-Ole Gerster (as Jan Ole Gerster)

Writer:

Jan-Ole Gerster (screenplay) (as Jan Ole Gerster)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Schilling ... Niko Fischer
Katharina Schüttler ... Elli
Justus von Dohnányi ... Karl Speckenbach
Andreas Schröders Andreas Schröders ... Psychologe
Katharina Hauck Katharina Hauck ... Café-Shop Angestellte
Marc Hosemann ... Matze
Friederike Kempter Friederike Kempter ... Julika Hoffmann
Arnd Klawitter Arnd Klawitter ... Phillip Rauch
Inga Birkenfeld ... Hanna
Ulrich Noethen ... Walter Fischer
Leander Modersohn Leander Modersohn ... Jörg Schneider
Martin Brambach ... Kontrolleur Jörg
Rolf Peter Kahl ... Kontrolleur Stefan (as RP Kahl)
Lis Böttner Lis Böttner ... Frau Baumann
Theo Trebs Theo Trebs ... Marcel
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Storyline

This tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin. The film deals with the desire to participate in life and the difficulty to find one's place. Written by Wouter van der Sluis

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Taglines:

No job. No girl. No coffee.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Jan-Ole Gerster's debut was the unexpected box-office success in Germany 2012 with more than $2mio. It also won the German Film Award for best pictures, best script and best directing 2013. See more »

Quotes

Niko Fischer: Do you know what it's like... to have the feeling that all the people around you are honestly kind of weird? But when you think it over, then it becomes clear that the problem is with yourself.
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Connections

Referenced in Hard & Ugly (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Gwisdek
Composed by T. Berkmann, C. Colaço, F. Menzel, P. Schaeper
Performed by The Major Minors
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Everyone refuses to grow up in Oh Boy
24 July 2013 | by anarchisticaSee all my reviews

Oh Boy is somewhat reminiscent of Prozac Nation. The protagonist is an unlikable, spoilt child, leeching off others while breezing through life. It is an anti-"Coming of Age" film, showing how people refuse to "grow up" - even supposed adults. Niko's father is childish, his friend an underachieving actor and the former classmate he runs into is in a way still the little girl with a crush on him. It doesn't end there, even Germany itself refuses to "grow up", clinging to its Nazi past and sticking to absurd bureaucracy.

On top of having an amusing story, Oh Boy has lovely cinematography. Berlin looks great in black & white, and with the lazy jazzy soundtrack it sometimes seems like a 50s film. Quite a promising start from Gerster, who won just about every German film award around.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

13 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Coffee in Berlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,918, 15 June 2014

Gross USA:

$150,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,826,333
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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