Two young teenage boys steal a car and embark on a road trip that will probably change their lives.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maik Klingenberg
Tatjana Cosic
Justina Humpf ...
Paul Busche ...
Jerome Hirthammer ...
Max Kluge ...
Udo Samel ...
Herr Wagenbach
Anja Schneider ...
Mutter Klingenberg
Nadine Dubois ...
Frau Weber
Henning Peker ...
Herr Schuback
Uwe Bohm ...
Josef Klingenberg
Tschick (as Anand Batbilek Chuluunbaatar)
Katerina Poladjan ...
Mathelehrerin Strahl
Sammy Scheuritzel ...
Julius Felsberg ...


With the birthday party of the most beautiful girl in the whole class coming in less than three weeks and the beginning of the summer holidays, Maik, a diffident 14-year-old teenager, has definitely a lot on his mind. To make matters worse, Maik's mother, a caring but alcoholic tennis nut, is in-and-out of the beauty farm aka the rehab facility, and his father, who is a real estate developer, is simply indifferent. Under those circumstances, the unexpected arrival of a new classmate, Tschick, will create quite a stir when the two class rejects will boldly decide to hit the road in an old "borrowed" light blue Lada, going from uncool to cool in a split second. As they set off on an unforgettable joyride in East Germany's great outdoors, without a cell phone or a map, the boys will learn about self-confidence, mutual friendship and the excitement of youthful love, in what will be, hands down, the best summer ever. Written by Nick Riganas

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The Best Summer of All!


Comedy | Drama | Family


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Release Date:

15 September 2016 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Goodbye Berlin  »

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1.85 : 1
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Maik Klingenberg: Did you steal that car?
Tschick: No, just borrowed it. I'll put it back later. Lada Niva, runs on diesel.
Maik Klingenberg: What about fingerprints?
Tschick: That's TV bullshit. Go ahead, touch anything.
Maik Klingenberg: You want to go to jail?
Tschick: I'm only 14, man. Criminal accountability starts at 15. Come on, Maik, let's go for a spin!
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References Starship Troopers (1997) See more »


Lips are movin'
Performed by Meghan Trainor
Written and composed by Meghan Trainor, Kevin Kadish
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If not up with Akin's best, still an endearing coming of age tale
27 May 2017 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Charming, amiable teen-age comedy with a few moments of sadness thrown in as well. Two 14 year old 'outsider' boys in Berlin form a friendship, and take off for the country in a stolen car, seeking adventure.

The odd couple of friends here are pretty endearing. There's no big, obvious reason Maik is an outsider. He's OK looking, not a bad kid, not a teacher's pet or a bad boy. He just has the bad luck of not standing out enough to make him cool, so he's become a non-entity in his class. His counterpart – the very hard to overlook Tschick -- is an extremely tall Russian immigrant 'new-kid' with a silly hair cut and a bad-ass tough attitude. Their bond is sweet, and somehow believable.

Based on a popular young-adult German novel, "Tschick" is not as edgy, odd and original as most of Akin's films, but has just enough quirk and personality to keep it from falling into feeling too familiar, even if the basic story is a variation on something we've seen many times. Of all Akin's earlier films probably the closes analog is "In July" (2000) – a familiar rom-com story given a personality through Akin's approach.

If not the revelation I was hoping for given the brilliance of Akin's best films ("Head-On", "The Edge of Heaven") it's still a likable coming of age film with it's own bittersweet take on the world.

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