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,
A 32-year-old waster and eternal student, Thijs, leads a slovenly, relaxed life full of beer, chicks and the occasional shift at a tedious media megastore. When Thijs visits his sister's house to do some washing, instead of his usual encounter with her semi-perfect family, he meets Lisa, the baby-sitter: a mature sixteen-year-old with exorbitant ambitions. Without intending to, Lisa has a profound effect on Thijs, unveiling a deeply ingrained dissatisfaction with his own passive behaviour.
I don't particularly like Dutch movies, but this one is good enough to watch once. Story- line is pretty flat, and some scenes are filling up the movie towards the 90 minutes. However, as a long-time student myself, I recognize large parts in this movie. Seeing friends graduate around you and getting more serious, with you sticking in your old life. Parents that try to help you and not always receive the gratitude that they deserve. Friends that envy your life, while you often envy theirs. The story line with Lisa is a bit weak, and her acting as well. Number of 'fuck' sentences was a bit exaggerated as well. However, despite these details, I absolutely liked watching the movie. Therefore, it deserves an 8/10.
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