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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 102 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Alt-Punk Fussel (Wotan Wilke Möhring)) actually rejects anything that complies with any conventions. He is an artist of life with body and soul and has been receiving Hartz IV felt since this social benefit came into existence. But that could be over now. Because his clerk at the tax office (Victoria Trautmansdorff), whom he has skillfully wrapped around his finger like so many women, can no longer find any excuses to extend his salary further. His only option: he could have a burnout diagnosed. This would mean, however, that he would have to be admitted to a clinic on an inpatient basis. Reluctantly Fussel agrees, because the only other alternative was work. And so Fussel ends up in a clinic full of burned-out people, whom he confuses with his unadapted manner. When the head of the clinic (Ulrike Krumbiegel) finds out about him, he is threatened with being thrown out - unless Fussel agrees to a very unconventional deal…
After the celebrated drama "Director André Erkau and leading actor Wotan Wilke Möhring have joined forces again to bring another story from the pen of Gernot Gricksch to the screen. Neither the story of "Happy Burnout" nor the role of Möhring could be more different from its predecessor. With a lot of humour and lightness, the story only scratches on serious topics. In the foreground is the pleasure that the viewer should have in this story. And that's what's offered very effectively at the very beginning.
If you show Fussel what tricks he uses to get women into bed, or how he bums his way through everyday life with a lot of charm and audacity, you'll have some really amusing moments. Of course, this is also due to the fact that one notices that Wotan Wilke Möhring's game had a lot of fun in this anarchic role. As soon as Fussel, with his unconventional way of doing things, turns everyday hospital life upside down in the pretty sanatorium in which he doesn't want to fit at all, the confrontation with people who, for other reasons, have been snatched away from the normality of our society, also provides for many very successful and also funny scenes.
Of course, the story takes on some very absurd, almost fairy-tale-like traits at some point, but that's completely okay. The good ensemble that Möhring supports can comfort you about some of the more untrustworthy moments as well as about some overused clichés. For about 80 minutes, everything works really well and offers entertaining entertainment that there is really little to complain about. The last act, however, is simply too thick. The dramaturgy here is simply too predictable and too exaggerated to achieve the effect the script obviously aimed at.
However - and the film can profit from this at the end - most of the characters already have the sympathies of the audience at this point, which is why even in this rather weak moment it is still enough fun to watch them. So "Happy Burnout" might not be the big hit at the end, but it's a funny comedy with great actors and some very nice ideas. Worth seeing
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