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|Production country:||Deutschland/Frankreich 2016|
|Running time:||Ca. 92 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Actually everything should be harmonious when Toni (Carolin Kebekus) and Marc (Maxim Mehmet) decide after 15 years of marriage that they want to divorce. They want to part as friends, which would also be best for their two children Emma (Arina Prokofyeva) and Tobias (Arsseni Bultmann). But when both get the chance for a great job abroad, the mood threatens to change. When Toni then catches her future ex-husband kissing a colleague, it's clear to her that she won't refuse this job offer. But Marc doesn't want to give in either and so a custody dispute of a different kind breaks out between the two. Because now they're trying to keep the kids from living with them. And for that they resort to some drastic means.
"Honey, you take her" is a frighteningly unimaginative (almost) 1:1 remake of the gorgeously biting French success comedy "Mama vs. Papa", which was shown in our cinemas in 2015. From the three children in the original two were made in the German version, some of the particularly bad scenes were removed and the finale was completely watered down after a scoop had to be put on it. Apart from that, many scenes and dialogues are actually almost completely taken over, which makes the German remake lack both originality and wit. In itself there is nothing wrong with a remake of a successful material, as long as you give it a note of its own. Unfortunately, director Sven Unterwaldt ("7 Zwerge") doesn't manage that at all. His film is merely an attenuated copy of the original. And that maybe doesn't make it a really bad movie, but a completely superfluous one.
One could now argue that the whole thing should anyway only serve as a cinema vehicle for the very popular Carolin Kebekus. The only problem is that she may have her strengths as a comedian, but as an actress her acting sometimes lacks the subtlety that would be necessary to make her character credible and likeable. All characters in the movie have this problem, though. Neither the children nor the adults are - unlike in the original - real bearers of sympathy. Here, too, there is a good example in the form of Marc's colleague, who is immediately bold enough to throw herself at him. There is no doubt left here that you shouldn't suffer them as a spectator. In the original, on the other hand, she seems at least very likeable at the beginning and you can understand why Daddy feels attracted to her.
"Honey, you take it" is once again a good example of why remakes have such a bad reputation. If the movie had only stolen the idea of the original and created something very special out of it, the comedy might have become really funny and worth seeing. But since some of the worst moments of the original have been removed and only the end has been changed - and not for the better - there is only one clear recommendation: Better watch the really funny original and avoid this remake. Unfortunately only very conditionally worth seeing!
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