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Cold Feet

Cold Feet

Deutschland 2018 - with Heiner Lauterbach, Emilio Sakraya, Sonja Gerhardt, Gerti Drassl ...

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Movie info

Direction:Wolfgang Groos
Cinema release:10.01.2019
Production country:Deutschland 2018
Running time:Approx. 93 min.
Rated:Age 12+

Denis (Emilio Sakraya) has a problem: he owes his boss lots of money. And if he can't pay, that could hurt. So willy-nilly he has to agree to break into the villa of wealthy Raimund (Heiner Lauterbach), who is still in hospital after a stroke. Actually an easy game - if Raimund hadn't been brought home one day earlier than planned. To make matters worse, his granddaughter Charlotte (Sonja Gerhardt) turns up, mistaking Denis for her uncle's nurse. The petty crook has to play along willy-nilly now, especially since a heavy snowstorm makes escape impossible. Too bad Raimund has long since seen through his nurse's game.

Cold Feet has many well-done aspects. There are some really good, pleasantly black-humoured gags, a few wonderfully bizarre ideas and with the well-performing Heiner Lauterbach and Sonja Gerhardt, who could convince in top-class productions such as Deutschland 83, director Wolfgang Groos has been able to engage a good ensemble in front of the camera. The story may not be truly original, but it is still very entertaining at its core. All good reasons, then, that should suggest that viewers will be thoroughly entertained here.

And yes, in some moments that is the case. But unfortunately Wolfgang Groos tries too hard to pander to the Fack ju Göhte audience. With a sledgehammer, he knocks out some zotes that are supposed to be crude and funny, but unfortunately aren't. A frozen penis or the pleasurable licking of pee-pee icicles may still be funny for a young audience, but for viewers beyond puberty such jokes are only likely to cause a tired smile - or an annoyed yawn. The real problem is that Groos can't find a consistent tone when it comes to humor. There is almost old-fashioned slapstick, a few good word jokes and then it suddenly goes crudely below the belt, only to ripple along again rather well-behaved. All in all it seems to be incoherent and cramped - but unfortunately not really funny.

If the audience would have had a bit more level, Kalte Füsse could have been a really good comedy with cult potential. But as it is, the many good approaches sink into half-baked zottos, which then even the charming actors can't save. Well, sometimes less is simply more. If you can laugh heartily about different variations of genital jokes, you'll get your money's worth here. But if you like to laugh at some clever humor, you won't have much fun with these cold feet. Still worth seeing with some reservations!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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