The Man Cave
is a movie starring
Elyas M'Barek, Christoph Maria Herbst, and Detlev Buck.
Three men have different problems with their partners. To be undisturbed, they have created a secret place inside a boiler room only for men. The Männerhort.
A well-off Munich family offers boarding to a refugee. Diallo from Nigeria soon makes friends among the family members, but they are tested when they have to face racism, bureaucracy and terror suspicions because of him.
Florian David Fitz
What a Man: The young teacher Alex is abandoned by his girlfriend Caroline and therefore begins a journey in search of himself. But how he overcomes the pitfalls out there for a modern man? And what is it that makes a man a man?
An employee at a professional separation agency, a business that helps couples break up, Paul tries to tackle the problems that come with Toto, the boyfriend of a customer, while he has his own thinking to do about love and relationships.
Set in the German capital Berlin, the series centers around a German woman and single mother of a teenage daughter, who starts a relationship and decides to live together with a widowed Turkish father and his two teenage children.
Or something like that. The movie is filled with clichés, but does not capitalize on them as good as it could have for comedy purposes. No one has to tell you that one guy outside our main male group who plays it tough, is actually anything but tough in his own home. So while the movie is predictable, the thing that really hurts is the fact that almost none of the jokes actually work.
Best of the bunch is Christoph Maria Herbst, getting a few chuckles with his character. He is known as "Stromberg" in Germany, a German version of the Office. Elyas M'Barek plays a bit with his image here, which would be nice if they actually had good stuff to support it. He's the flavor of the month right now, with his movies making a lot of money. That's no excuse for a poorly written script though. Remarks to German soccer/football are not helping either, making the viewer feel uncomfortable rather than amused. Still there are flashes of good things, mostly because one of the actors is giving us something ... to laugh about. Who'd have thought?
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