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  • Summary: From the producers of "Run Lola Run" and "Goodbye Lenin!" comes the German box office smash, Go for Zucker, a film about a comically dysfunctional Jewish family. (First Run Features)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 75
    Go for Zucker is far from a perfect film but it brings easy laughter and joy.
  2. Zucker!'s a bona fide hit in Germany, where, apparently, there's been a shortage of Jewish comedies since, oh, 1939, give or take. But it deserves its imported rep; rare's the movie that has an Orthodox Jew tripping on Ecstasy while getting a massage from a Palestinian prostitute hours before his mamala's funeral.
  3. Reviewed by: James C. Taylor
    70
    Writer-director Levy occasionally relies on cheap gags, but his light tone and breezy visual style are a nice contrast to Go for Zucker's metaphorical subtext about familial - and German - reunification.
  4. It's not quite masterful enough to achieve all its goals, but Zucker is undeniably ambitious despite its relatively lowbrow and farcical approach.
  5. It's the rare German movie calling itself a comedy that is actually funny, even if only in bits and pieces.
  6. Funny, director and co-writer Dani Levy suggests with no little coldness, how the scent of money can do what religion, ideology, and ethical principles cannot.
  7. 50
    Mildly tasteless (natürlich), if not exactly uproarious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Alex
    Feb 18, 2006
    8
    Somewhat better than the highly successful MEET THE FOCKERS and its more germane, equally successful sequel. And not much worse.
  2. BenK.
    Jan 30, 2006
    8
    The film understands the faults of the characters and forgives them. A funny film. What else can you say about a comedy?
  3. ChaimL.
    Jan 24, 2006
    7
    Funny movie especially for those of us who are committed Jews. The scenes on learning to seem observant are hysterical.
  4. JanisV.
    Jan 18, 2006
    3
    Simply horrible. This was a real hit over here in Germany but believe me, avoid it at all costs. It's worse than most German TV movies, Simply horrible. This was a real hit over here in Germany but believe me, avoid it at all costs. It's worse than most German TV movies, it's just so unbelievably unfunny and clichedand just so ... ugh.. The leading actors are good, but everyone else is horrible, though they're not to blame, considering they're not characters but cliches. I HATED this movie. Expand

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