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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 80
    Roehler mixes cheap sex humor, existential darkness, buffoonish satire and profound tenderness in almost classic proportions. Maybe this is too uneven to be a masterpiece, but it's somewhere close.
  2. Roehler aims scattershot barbs at so many targets, from political hypocrisy to suburban entitlement, that he often misses. But whenever he takes the time to line up his toxic arrows, usually with the help of a compellingly squirmy Bleibtreu, he hits the bull's-eye.
  3. It's a slick, ambitious movie that doesn't always nail all the many moods and themes it's after.
  4. This scathing study of middle-class angst plays like a cross between Buñuel and Almodovar, but the satire never achieves liftoff despite the actors' best efforts.
  5. Writer-director Oskar Roehler spends all his energy on cataloging ''outrageous'' behavior, and none on giving the transgressions any meaning.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    A Teutonic version of "American Beauty" with added dysfunctionality.
  7. 20
    The title's pointedly incorrect pronoun is typical of the film's obtuse childishness.

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