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|Production country:||Deutschland 2016|
|Running time:||About 95 min.|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
Jan (Christian Ulmen) made it: Despite the rejection that his father-in-law Antonio (Alessandro Bressanello), in particular, had of him and the chaos that he caused during his visit to Italy, his great love Sara Marcipane (Mina Tander) married him. Actually, this should be celebrated with a romantic honeymoon to New York. But the work has put a spoke in the wheel for the couple. Now Sara is highly pregnant and soon they are a small family of their own. Relaxed love holidays are over for now. In order to fulfill Sara's great wish, Jan organizes a spontaneous trip to New York. Finally a honeymoon for two! The couple's happiness is perfect - until Papa Antonio decides to accompany them. And so the dream vacation already becomes a real nightmare at the airport, which not only puts Jan's already difficult relationship to his father-in-law to a hard test, but also his whole marriage…
There are movies again and again, you ask yourself after a few minutes, what could go so completely wrong here. You have actors who have proven over and over again that they can actually play really well. You have a successful and really funny book template, whose predecessor has already been filmed quite well. One would think that a film like "Antonio, ihm schmeckt`s nicht" can only be a humorous hit. But unfortunately far from it. Because the comedy, loosely based on the bestseller "Antonio in Wonderland", is much, but not funny. Surely, even "Maria, he doesn't like it" had to struggle with some weaknesses. But the cinema success has been able to make up for this with a lot of charm and humour. And that's exactly what the sequel simply doesn't want to succeed in.
This primarily concerns the figures. In the first movie Christian Ulmen succeeded very well in never letting Jan appear as an unsympathetic little spirit despite all his quirks. Here Jan was a great sympathizer, who was wished that he would survive the visit to the family of his future wife without the relationship between the two breaking apart. In "Antonio, ihm schmeckt`s nicht" on the other hand Jan has been degraded to a complete idiot, who is even too stupid to clear up simple misunderstandings. It looks even worse with the figure of father-in-law Antonio. He was already a little bit exhausting in the first movie, but the script and the game of Lino Banfi didn't only make him a loveable, but also a quite interesting character. In the sequel, however, Antonio is just an annoying egoist who torpedoes his daughter's marriage in such an unpleasant way that you just can't like him - no matter how hard Banfi's successor Alessandro Bressanello tries.
Alongside the characters, unfortunately, the production also disappoints all along the line. The game with clichés, which in the first movie resulted in a funny and quite enigmatic Culture Clash comedy, turns out to be frighteningly flat. Moreover, there are scenes that seem to be implemented extremely sloppily, just to be able to offer a funny or nice picture. Jan and Sara go shopping for baby utensils. Jan says to all the purchases what a big package it is, whereupon the seller assures him that they will offer a delivery to Germany. Seconds later you see Jan walking through the streets of New York with the (apparently very light) parcel. Yes, it might look quite amusing, but it doesn't make any sense at all after talking to the shop assistant.
If the rest were true, such illogical things wouldn't be noticed at all. But unfortunately "Antonio, he doesn't like it" is just a collection of things that don't work. I really wanted to like the film, because I liked the first part quite well. I also like Christian Ulmen and Mina Tander as actors and I remember director Sven Unterwaldt as a very likeable and humorous person after a conversation I had with him a few years ago during a press visit to a cinema in Frankfurt. Nevertheless, with all my love I can only say one positive thing about this film: After all, it is not the worst German comedy of the last few months. However, this is not enough to recommend a visit to the cinema. And so there is a disappointed conclusion: Unfortunately not worth seeing at all!
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