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Go for Zucker (2004)

Alles auf Zucker! (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 6 January 2005 (Germany)
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A Journalist of Jewish descent in Berlin feels that he is a loser of the political changes in Germany after 1989. When his mother dies, he has to meet his brother to whom he has not talked ... See full summary »

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Dani Levy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Hübchen Henry Hübchen ... Jakob 'Jaeckie Zucker' Zuckermann
Hannelore Elsner ... Marlene Zuckermann
Udo Samel ... Samuel Zuckermann
Golda Tencer ... Golda Zuckermann
Steffen Groth ... Thomas Zuckermann
Anja Franke Anja Franke ... Jana Zuckermann
Sebastian Blomberg ... Joshua Zuckermann
Elena Uhlig ... Lilly Zuckermann
Rolf Hoppe ... Rabbi Ginsberg
Inga Busch Inga Busch ... Irene Bunge
Antonia Adamik Antonia Adamik ... Sarah Zuckermann
Renate Krößner ... Linda
Axel Werner Axel Werner ... Eddy Dürr
Gada Hammoudah Gada Hammoudah ... Janice (as Ghada Hammoudah)
Tatjana Blacher Tatjana Blacher ... Tatjana
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Storyline

A Journalist of Jewish descent in Berlin feels that he is a loser of the political changes in Germany after 1989. When his mother dies, he has to meet his brother to whom he has not talked for years and to meet all his other family members. But during the preparations for the funeral he plays a snooker-cup for paying his debts with the money for the victory, and many other things mixes up. Written by Benjamin Stello

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An unorthodox comedy.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 January 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Go for Zucker See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,130, 11 December 2005

Gross USA:

$87,490

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,466,803
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It's not funny
5 February 2007 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

This movie starts with the main character lying in a coma in a hospital ward, attended by two orderlies. The unconscious main character is heard in a voice over, saying that the orderlies are gay. The orderlies kiss. I watched this in a DVD version and I have the suspicion that this is supposed to be funny – it said „comedy" on the DVD case, after all and it goes on like that. Had I seen this in a movie theater I probably would have heard part of the audience roar with laughter, because it is so funny – and because they are supposed to sit in a comedy. While it is fascinating to think about what it is funny and what isn't, this movie unfortunately only delivers arguments about what isn't.

Brilliant brains can MAKE anything funny, people like Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder or Mel Brooks have proved that fact. But you have to know the „mechanics", I suppose. Director and co-scriptwriter Dani Levy does not bother about those mechanics, he thinks that certain things simply ARE funny, the fact that two orderlies are gay and kiss over a man in a coma, for example. Do not get me wrong, some people can MAKE that funny, Dani Levy can't, not for me, anyway.

The main problem I have with this movie is that I can't see a reason behind the way the main characters behave. I could not understand why the two brothers, one an orthodox Jew from West Germany one a third class carbon copy of Fast Eddie Felson from former East Germany so strongly disliked each other. They are both rather bland characters. Their children are boring apart from the fact that they are sexually attracted to each other (well, one is a lesbian now but raises the daughter she has with her cousin). But even these incestuous relationships – if anything they are embarrassing - just come through as an excuse because the scriptwriters could not come up with anything better.

The acting is not bad, Udo Semel I actually came to like quite a lot although he reminded me more of ex chancellor Helmut Kohl (a lighter version) than of a venerable Orthodox Jew. The direction in itself is not really bad either, but maybe Levy should stick to directing movies, leaving the scriptwriting to someone else. Now I heard he did a comedy about Hitler. Oi, Vai!


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