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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 93 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Actually Daniel (Fahri Yardim) only wants to show his girlfriend Mia (Josefine Preuß) how much he likes to be with her. But she feels that this is only a restriction and annoying jealousy. When Daniel dares to spend some time at Mia's side at a party, it's enough for her and she ends the relationship. But Daniel doesn't give up that easily. In order to win Mia back, he wants to work on his relationship skills and gets involved in group therapy. He is looking for support from his best friend Thomas (Milan Peschel). Not a good idea, as it turns out. When women's hero Thomas discovers that such group therapies are perfectly suited to towing off vulnerable women, he persuades Daniel to sleep as a therapy tourist through various self-help groups. With false names and imaginary problems they move from one group therapy to the next and from one bed to the other. But such a thing can of course not go well for long. Not only that the therapy-addicted lawyer Sylvie (Marie Bäumer) gets to them. To make matters worse, Daniel falls in love with the actress Bernadette (Peri Baumeister) during a weekend workshop. That can actually only end in a complete emotional chaos…
It was about time that Fahri Yardim got a real leading role. Whether in "Tatort" at Til Schweiger's side, in "Medicus" or in Wotan Wilke Möhring's comedy "Mann tut was Mann kann" - Yardim always had to play second fiddle, but often left a more lasting impression than the actual main actors. At "Irre sind männlich" the Hamburg-born Deutsch-Türke is allowed to set the tone and his co-stars like Milan Peschel, Josephine Preuß, Tom Beck or Matthias Schweighöfer - in a mini performance - play in the shadows. Directed by the very versatile Anno Saul ("Where's Fred?", "The Door") Yardim proves that he definitely has the talent to wear a comedy like this one.
However, one would have wished him a better script for this leading role. The story, apparently copied directly from "Die Hochzeits-Crasher", is free of any surprises and does without any kind of restraint. This wooden hammer method works very well with some gags, especially when the whole thing tends towards slapstick. Saul already showed in "Where is Fred?" that he masters this form of humor very well. In other moments, however, a little more subtlety would have been appropriate both in the actors' play and in the serving of the punch lines. However, the characters threaten to degenerate into one-dimensional caricatures and the humor into flat jokes.
That the actors, first and foremost Milan Peschel, Marie Bäumer and Herbert Knaup, embody their characters with an infectious fun of overdrawing compensates for some of the weaknesses. Nevertheless, the entertainment value of other successful German comedies of the recent past can never really be reached. "Madmen are male" has a lot of potential, but it's rarely fully exploited. And as worth seeing as Fahri Yardim and his co-stars are, the scenes, in which the movie can elicit more than just a tired smile from the viewer, are just too rarely sown to be able to pronounce a convinced "worth seeing". But if you like light German comedy food in the style of "No sex is also no solution" or "Man does what man can", this film can also be recommended to you with a clear conscience!
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