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|Production country:||Deutschland 2020|
|Running time:||Approx. 103 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
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 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 heist is wonderfully funny and is a good example of the film's delightfully quirky humor. Sure, not every gag hits the spot and especially towards the end the whole thing runs out of steam a bit. But on balance, the film makes up for its weaknesses with a lot of wit and charm.
Faking Bullshit - Criminal Than the Police Allowed! is light entertainment that never seems too put on or too silly, but can simply convince with likeable characters, a wonderfully weird story (even if this is borrowed from another film) and lots of funny dialogues. 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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