Oh Boy Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Oh Boy

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Short black, bitte-r.

  • Starring:

    Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders, Katharina Hauck, Marc Hosemann, Friederike Kempter, Michael Gwisdek, Alexander Altomirianos

  • Directed by:

    Jan Ole Gerster

  • Running time:

    85 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shoved, head-butted, bullied. A man pretends to threaten another man with a sword. Hitler regime, Nazism discussed. Actor dressed in Nazi costume. Stolen goods, attempted theft. WWII, trying to kill oneself, cutting off tongue, deportation, broken glass, property damage, rioting mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody nose.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Posters of nude women, woman in lingerie, shirtless man. Kissing. A group of men hassle a prostitute. Man in swimwear (photo). References to sexuality and genitalia.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drug deal implied. Alcohol (wine, spirits). Bar setting. Smoking. DUI discussed.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-word. Name-calling, belittling, mocking. Slang for genitalia, bodily fluids. References to being gay (derogatory), overweight. Elderly, gender, youth stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Slackers, misfortune, inaction, disenfranchisement, immediacy, quitters, Berlin, contemporary Germany, the past, inter-generational differences, coffee, relationships, drink-driving, acting, film-making, bullying, insecurity, first world problems, university dropouts, social critique, priorities, golf, dance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased man, relationship breakup. Hospital, bar settings. Wife with breast cancer, infertility, taking child from mother mentioned. Medical procedures: stretcher, IV drip, collapsed man, bandaging. Toilet, belching. Filmed in black and white. German language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Intelligent, witty, fun, warmhearted, charming, deadpan, delightful, ironic, amusing, stylish, easygoing, unpretentious, effortless, measured. Dark humour, self-deprecating tone, swinging jazz score, gorgeous cinematography, clever script, melancholic atmosphere, eccentric supporting characters, stunning shots of Berlin, excellent performance from Schilling.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Faintly misogynist, narrative conceits, tired premise.

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