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Suck Me Shakespeer (2013)

Fack ju Göhte (original title)
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A comedy that follows an ex-con who lands a position at a school that sits over the spot where money from one of his earlier robberies was stashed.

Director:

Bora Dagtekin

Writers:

Bora Dagtekin (screenplay), Simon Hauschild (lecture)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elyas M'Barek ... Zeki Müller
Karoline Herfurth ... Lisi Schnabelstedt
Katja Riemann ... Gudrun Gerster
Jana Pallaske ... Charlie
Alwara Höfels ... Caro
Jella Haase ... Chantal
Max von der Groeben Max von der Groeben ... Danger
Lena Klenke Lena Klenke ... Laura (as Anna Lena Klenke)
Gizem Emre Gizem Emre ... Zeynep
Aram Arami Aram Arami ... Burak
Runa Greiner Runa Greiner ... Meike
Valentina Pahde ... Greta
Robin Reichelt Robin Reichelt ... Nerd Jerome
Nicolas Brauner Nicolas Brauner ... Nerd-Junge
Janina Altinger Janina Altinger ... Nerd-Mädchen
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A comedy that follows an ex-con who lands a position at a school that sits over the spot where money from one of his earlier robberies was stashed.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 November 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Fak iu profule! See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,790,601
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mrs. Gerster's coffee mug has "Ein Herz für Lehrer" (lit. "A heart for teachers") written on it. This is a prank on "Ein Herz für Kinder" (lit. "A heart for children"), an aid agency for children. See more »

Goofs

When Zeki and Charlie are talking on the phone, you can see the display of Charlie's phone which shows a number pad. However, this is only displayed before you make a call, specifically to dial a number manually. During a call, when the phone is next to an ear, the proximity sensor would turn the screen off. See more »

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References Master Eder and His Pumuckl (1982) See more »

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pretty much the only German film of the 2010s worth watching
3 December 2014 | by Radu_ASee all my reviews

If you've seen almost any German film in the past five years during a film festival that wasn't genre specific, you may have asked yourself: 'Geez, are Germans really THAT boring?' Well, be my guest if you did. And if you've seen a domestic German film in cinemas, you may have wondered: 'Geez, why are German actors so unfunny and stiff?' The answer to question No. 1 is: The German film industry runs on public funding and collaborations with public broadcasting stations, and the decisions there are made by politically affiliated men (and very few women) in their 60s. The answer to question No. 2 is: Acting schools are also usually public, teach drama courses geared for the stage, have a curriculum reduced to 18th century dramas and the occasional existentialist play which was hip in the 60s. Hence the gender stereotypes, old-fashioned themes and language, and - frequently - lack of coherence. Until 'Fack ju Göthe', that is (and apart from a few films by Faith Akın).

For this topic-wise not really interesting school comedy, following pretty much a well-trodden formula, not only became the commercially most successful German film of the decade - it's actually funny. The leads are actually hot. The acting's actually geared to the camera and not an imaginary stage. No matter how rampant the stereotypes may be, they do work with the story. No matter how silly the youth slang comes along at times, it is real urban speech. No matter how predictable the underlying social message may be - migrants, believe in yourselves, then you won't end up in jail -, it's not heavy-handed and doesn't kill the jokes.

That's because the writers, producers and the director are migrants themselves, and made this movie for an actual audience and not a public funding board. So not only is the enormous success of 'Fack ju Göthe' well deserved - it feels like a warm shower in an otherwise dreary, pseudo-intellectual German cultural atmosphere. If you want to watch a contemporary German film to see how people there tick, there isn't any alternative right now. Just don't expect anything super original or clever, just pretty solid entertainment - if the subtitles get the jokes right, or - better yet - you understand a teensy bit of German.


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