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Steve (Friedrich Mücke) and Carola (Julia Koschitz) have been a couple for five years. Routine, but also trust and loving togetherness determine their everyday lives. When Steve's best friend Bob (Bastian Reiber) is left out of the blue by his girlfriend, Steve also gets doubts. Does he really make Carola happy? Is he paying enough attention to their needs? When he is completely thrown out of concept even in his job, which is going well in itself, the confused Steve goes on a self-optimization trip, where Harald (Michael Wittenborn), the new friend of Bob's ex, of all people, should help him. But instead of helping his relationship with it, Steve just makes everything worse with it…
With "How good is your relationship?"director Ralf Westhoff ("Wir sind die Neuen") returns to the theme that was already at the centre of his films "Shopping" and "The Last Beautiful Autumn Day": romantic togetherness - or at least the pursuit of it. Westhoff has staged this in the speed dating comedy "Shopping" in a much more lively and surprising way. But even with a few lengths and a story that seems to be constructed at times, "How good is your relationship?" still has enough wit and charm to entertain the audience very well.
Westhoff has a talent for making his characters very likeable despite - or even because of - their too human weaknesses. He manages to do that again, which works out especially well with Steve, who actually behaves in such a way that you want to shake him up as a viewer, so that he comes to his senses again and doesn't sabotage his relationship so much by his behavior. A character like that can quickly get on your nerves. But Westhoff's screenplay and the charming game by Friedrich Mücke successfully counteract this. The good chemistry between Mücke and his film partner Julia Koschitz also makes sure that despite all the chaotic pitfalls Steve and Carola hope to get their relationship under control.
"How good is your relationship?" may be Ralf Westhoff's weakest film so far. But the filmmaker, as a director as well as a scriptwriter, has enough talent for comedic, true-to-life material that even a film with weaknesses is still amusing and entertaining enough to justify the purchase of a cinema ticket. The good actors and a lot of wonderful wordplay make it easy to forgive the few little pendants in the almost two-hour comedy. For this there is a very clear one: Worth seeing!
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