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|Production country:||Deutschland 2020|
|Running time:||Approx. 103 min.|
The police in a small town in North Rhine-Westphalia have a big problem: There is simply too little crime here. What has so far been an extremely relaxed state of affairs for police officers Deniz (Erkan Acar), Rocky (Adrian Topol), Netti (Sanne Schnapp) and Hagen (Alexander Hörbe) now becomes a real threat. Because their colleague Tina (Sina Tkotsch) is sent to them to investigate whether the station 23 should not be better closed. Of course, the cops don't want to let that happen. With the help of the homeless Klaus (Bjarne Mädel) they fake a crime - but that's just the beginning. Suddenly, more and more crimes are taking place in the tranquil little town - but will Tina really fall for it?
"Faking Bullshit - Criminal Than the Police Allowed!" is a remake of the 2003 Swedish box office hit "Kops". Alexander Schubert, ensemble member of "heute-Show" has transferred the concept very well to Germany in 2020 (before Corona, of course) and has also incorporated his very own ideas. As a result, his comedy is not a flat remake, but a pleasantly independent work that you can have great fun with even if you are well familiar with the original. This is partly due to Schubert's amusing script, but also to the good-humoured ensemble he has assembled in front of the camera.
Especially Erkan Acar, Alexander Hörbe and Sanne Schnapp play so sympathetically that one can only wish the troupe that their office will not be closed. And Bjarne Mädel is just great as a petty criminal hired by the police. The scene surrounding his first "robbery" is wonderfully funny and is a good example of the film's delightfully quirky humor. Sure, not every gag is spot on and especially towards the end the whole thing runs out of steam a bit. But on balance, the film easily makes up for its shortcomings with plenty of wit and charm.
"Faking Bullshit - Criminal than the Police Allowed!" is light entertainment that never seems too contrived or silly, but can simply convince with likeable characters, a wonderfully quirky story (even if this is borrowed from another film) and lots of funny dialogue. If you want to switch off in the cinema and laugh heartily, this is the right movie for you. For this there is clearly - no fake - a deserved: absolutely worth seeing!
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