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The Grump (2014)

Mielensäpahoittaja (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 5 September 2014 (Finland)
The Grump is a man from the past. A man who knows that everything used to be so much better in the old days. Pretty much everything that's been done after 1953 has always managed to ruin ... See full summary »

Director:

Dome Karukoski

Writers:

Dome Karukoski, Tuomas Kyrö (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antti Litja ... Mielensäpahoittaja
Petra Frey Petra Frey ... Emäntä
Mari Perankoski Mari Perankoski ... Miniä
Iikka Forss Iikka Forss ... Poika
Viktor Drevitsky Viktor Drevitsky ... Sergei (as Viktor Drevitski)
Bruno Puolakainen Bruno Puolakainen ... Tarasenko (as Bruno A. Puolakainen)
Alina Tomnikov ... Ljudmila
Janne Reinikainen Janne Reinikainen ... Tohtori Kiminkinen
Timo Lavikainen ... Taksinkuljettaja
Kari Ketonen ... Sakke Intonen
Mikko Neuvonen Mikko Neuvonen ... Timo, 'Stinde'
Nelly Kärkkäinen Nelly Kärkkäinen ... Kaupan kassa (as Nelly Hristova)
Sulevi Peltola Sulevi Peltola ... Potilas Helminen
Matti Rönkä Matti Rönkä ... Uutistenlukija
Hanna Karlsson Hanna Karlsson ... Mia
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The Grump is a man from the past. A man who knows that everything used to be so much better in the old days. Pretty much everything that's been done after 1953 has always managed to ruin The Grump's day. Our story unfolds as The Grump takes a fall from his basement steps, hurting his ankle. He has to spend a weekend in Helsinki to attend physiotherapy. The Grump doesn't like this for four reasons: 1) He has to take a taxi. 2) He can't take daily care of his wife, an Alzheimer's patient. 3) He can't drive, which means he might have to sit in a car with a female driver. 4) He has to spend time with his family. The daughter-in-law is a career woman, not keen to spend time with The Grump when he comes to the city. Her boss has given her the task to look after Russian businessmen supposed to close a major deal over the weekend. It doesn't make her any happier when The Grump decides to help with the deal. Then The Grump has to face his useless son to become the father he never was, teaching... Written by Solar Films

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Taglines:

Kohta kaikki pahoittavat mielensä. [Soon everybody will get moody.]

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Finland | Iceland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

5 September 2014 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Haavisto, Karkkila, Finland See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,259,873
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The S-Card that Mielensäpahoittaja needs to get into the toilet is a Customer Loyalty Card. See more »

Goofs

When Timo and Mielensäpahoittaja are cleaning the gutters at night, the Ford Escort is parked on the right-hand side of the driveway facing the house. When Liisa, has daughter-in-law, returns that night in her Audi, she must park on the left-hand side. The next morning the position of the cars is reversed. See more »

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A mixed package
17 October 2014 | by VartiainenSee all my reviews

Dome Karukoski's newest movies continues to reinforce his strongest points, but it also reveals some of his weaknesses. Based on Tuomas Kyrö's fictional character Mielensäpahoittaja, the movie tells the tale of an old man, so set on his ways that he makes cavemen seem liberal in comparison. There's one proper newspaper, one proper car, one proper way of earning a living, one proper television show (the news, of course) and of course one proper way for a married couple to live together. The story starts when he has to travel to Helsinki in order to visit a doctor. In there he stays with his son and daughter-in-law. Hilarity ensues.

If I'm being completely honest, I have to admit that the movie works best when it doesn't try to be funny, which is kind of a problem because it's a comedy. Or a comedic drama, which brings me to the good points. It's a very strong drama movie about the clashing of old and new. I especially love the family of the son and the daughter-in-law. This is a perfect example of a 21st century family, and yet it's not hammered in or forced down our throats. It's done subtle-like, slowly revealed, even though at first it's seen from the point of view of The Grump, who believes it to be one of the weirdest, most dysfunctional things he has ever seen. But we learn along with him and that journey makes this film worthwhile.

Still, it cannot be denied that a lot of the elements of the film seem detached from one another. We have a few humorous scenes with the Russians, then some flashbacks, then some angry yelling drama, then some humorous jihinks again, followed by the biggest screaming fit yet seen. This disparity would be fine, if the scenes connected, but quite often they do not. The final third kind of pulls it all together, but you have to get there first, which can be be problematic. And yet that ending is so good that it almost makes up for it.

I can safely say that I liked The Grump. It has its flaws and I can see why some people don't like it at all. But when it works, when the scene simply captivates you with its poignancy or simple beauty, then all the flaws seem to melt away and you're left with something that will stick with you. And that's the mark of a good film.


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