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How About Adolf? (2018)

Der Vorname (original title)
Stephan (Christoph Maria Herbst) and his wife Elisabeth (Caroline Peters) organize a dinner in their house in Bonn. Invited are family friend René (Justus von Dohnányi), Thomas (Florian ... See full summary »

Director:

Sönke Wortmann

Writers:

Claudius Pläging (screenplay), Alexander Dydyna (screenplay adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christoph Maria Herbst ... Stephan
Florian David Fitz ... Thomas
Caroline Peters Caroline Peters ... Elisabeth
Justus von Dohnányi ... René
Janina Uhse ... Anna
Iris Berben ... Dorothea
Serkan Kaya Serkan Kaya ... Pizzabote
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Storyline

Stephan (Christoph Maria Herbst) and his wife Elisabeth (Caroline Peters) organize a dinner in their house in Bonn. Invited are family friend René (Justus von Dohnányi), Thomas (Florian David Fitz) and his pregnant girlfriend Anna (Janina Uhse). But the parents of an unborn boy make sure that the evening planned as a cozy get-together suddenly gets out of hand: they announce that they want to call their child Adolf and thus cause a scandal.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Trivia

Going along with the title of the film, in the main title sequence all actors are credited only with their given names. See more »

Goofs

When Stephan is arguing with Jana about the name of the child over dinner a crew member is reflected in the windows behind Jana for a few seconds. See more »

Connections

Remake of What's in a Name? (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Wonderful Life
Written by Colin Vearncombe
Performed by Katie Melua
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User Reviews

 
Put to rest the "Germans have no humor" cliche
24 April 2019 | by aalleekk1989See all my reviews

This film managed to find the fine balance between social critique, a theme that German society is almost obsessed with, and humor. It gives the audience the sense of a theatrical drama, as most of the movie is shot between the living room and dinner table, albeit with varying camera angles, which is a challenge by itself as the audience can easily get bored if the conversation is not engaging enough, which is not the case with this film. You can have a good time without being interested in the underlying political discussion, although you would probably enjoy it more if you are interested in the reflection of German intelligentsia on the modern day impact of Nazi Germany's legacy on its society. The script is well-thought out, genuinely funny, and demonstrates that German cinema has the artistic skill to produce a high quality comedy. I highly recommend it.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

18 October 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

How About Adolf? See more »

Filming Locations:

Bonn, Germany

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,947,326
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Constantin Film See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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