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      Go for Zucker

      2005 1h 31m Comedy List
      54% Tomatometer 41 Reviews 72% Audience Score 500+ Ratings An indebted gambler (Henry Hübchen) deals with the death of his mother, while trying to compete in a high-stakes pool tournament. Read More Read Less
      Go for Zucker

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      While a German comedy is a bit of a novelty for American audiences, the lowbrow humor on display in Go For Zucker is only mildly amusing.

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      Tom Keogh Seattle Times A fine farce about discovering the meaning of 'family' under peculiar circumstances. Rated: 3/4 Aug 4, 2006 Full Review Cynthia Dickison Minneapolis Star Tribune Zany Zucker proves that 'German comedy' is no oxymoron, and that the country can at last find humor in its cultural and religious divide. Rated: 3/4 Jul 13, 2006 Full Review Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle As a comedy, Zucker is pleasant and spry but not truly exceptional. Rated: 3/5 Apr 8, 2006 Full Review Jordan Hiller Goebbels would have found the depiction of Jews in Go For Zucker promising. Rated: 1/4 Aug 18, 2009 Full Review Peter Calder New Zealand Herald It's a beauty, perhaps largely because it's as much about recent history as about its characters' Jewishness. Sep 1, 2007 Full Review Kam Williams Upstage Magazine An irreverent, frequently funny clash of cultures which mostly explores the lighter side of what it means to be Jewish. Rated: 3/4 Apr 4, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Unlike their counterparts in the US, the UK, France, Canada and Israel, German filmmakers have mostly shied away from making Jewish-themed comedies. Given the country's recent history, it had been considered taboo to portray Jews on film in stories other than ones that dealt with the Holocaust. In 2005, writer-director Dani Levy threw political correctness to the wind and came out with GO FOR ZUCKER!: AN UNORTHODOX COMEDY (or ALLES AUF ZUCKER in German), a film that poked fun at today's German Jews. The movie was a huge success, dominating the German Film Awards that year taking six Golden Lolas including ones for Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Leading Actor. In GO FOR ZUCKER!, bar owner, scheming gambler and pool shark Jaeckie Zucker (Henry Hübchen) is finding that his run of good luck is quickly coming to an end. His creditors want their money, he's about to lose his bar and his wife wants a divorce. At the same time, his mother passes away and she leaves Jaeckie with a challenge in order to get his share of the estate: He has to make peace with his estranged brother, Samuel (Udo Samel). But it's not so easy. Samuel is an orthodox Jew living in Frankfurt whereas Jaeckie, who lives in the former East Berlin, is about as secular as they come. Even his long-suffering wife, Marlene (Hannelore Elsner) is a gentile. To get his hands on the inheritance and pay off his debts, Jaeckie has to come up with his most elaborate scheme yet. The film not only skewers religion - the scenes where Marlene becomes an overnight Yiddishe Mame (Jewish mother) are hysterical - but it also takes a jab at the relations between East and West Germans, who had only been reunified for 15 years at that time. In a country where movie audiences were meant to feel guilty about their treatment of Jews during the Second World War, this film was groundbreaking. I must admit that I have a special affinity for this film because I brought it to Hong Kong in 2005 when I was running the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival. It apparently took Levy four years to make the film because financial backers were reluctant to fund a Jewish comedy. Producers and older Jewish filmmakers in Germany also urged him to give up on the project. German filmmakers of Jewish-themed comedies still have a long way to go before they catch up to their counterparts in other countries but, with GO FOR ZUCKER!, they took a huge step forward. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member This is an often quirky and sometimes funny German film but I could not really get into it. I kept on thinking that there are so many better family drama films and if I wanted to see pool I would watch the Hustler. I guess this one was unique because it focused on the touchy subject of German Jews. I still have no answer to the Hustler though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member The story of a German Jewish gambler on a losing streak, set to the backdrop of a Germany in important political transition. A comedy that means to please, and means well, but in all its length is unable to make us want to side with its central character. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member "Il n'est jamais trop tard pour devenir juif" dit l'un des personnages. C'est le point de depart de cette sympathique comedie, pas desopilante mais bien ecrite. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review bill t A pretty good, though not outstanding comedy with a pretty amazing premise. A Jewish mother dies, leaving a will that will only be decided if she's given a proper Jewish burial, and if her two sons would bury the hatchet. The problem is, is that one of her sons is totally Orthodox Jewish, and the other one is definitely not. BUT WE'LL TRY! Oh right, the unorhodox guy has an important pool tournament that takes place smack in the middle of the Jewish observance of his Mom's death. Plenty of other problems raise their head, and most of it is quite funny. The script though, does lose steam about 3/4 of the way through, but this made me laugh at the right places, Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Pretty funny. Great acting. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis An indebted gambler (Henry Hübchen) deals with the death of his mother, while trying to compete in a high-stakes pool tournament.
      Dani Levy
      Manuela Stehr
      Production Co
      Westdeutscher Rundfunk, X-Filme Creative Pool, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Arte
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 17, 2020
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 31m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SRD