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|Laufzeit:||Approx. 91 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
How could this happen? Until recently Carla (Harriet Herbig-Matten) was Daddy's darling, a little angel with horse posters on the wall. And now the 14-year-old girl has suddenly mutated into a rebellious, stubborn puberty. Father Hannes (Jan Josef Liefers) takes a professional break to help his daughter through this difficult phase. After all, it is precisely at this stage of life that there are countless dangers from which he must protect them: boys controlled by hormones, alcohol, drugs and so on and so forth. But what is well meant quickly turns into a catastrophe, because Hannes is completely overwhelmed by the situation and doesn't leave out any fatigues. And what Clara doesn't need at all now is an embarrassing Papa…
With "Das Pubertier", a collection of 22 amusing stories from the life of a desperate father, Jan Weiler ended up at the top of the bestseller lists for weeks in 2014. So it's no wonder that it didn't take long for Weiler to sell the rights to a film adaptation. This book occupies a truly special position because the rights for a cinema adaptation and those for a TV adaptation have been assigned separately. As a result, the book was filmed twice, once for the cinema and once as a TV series for ZDF. Although the release wasn't planned until the autumn, it was brought forward when ZDF scheduled the series' release date before the original start of the film.
And so now "Das Pubertier" by Leander Haußmann ("Sonnenallee") has its nose in front. Cinema adaptation can score particularly well with its good actors. Jan Josef Liefers is perfectly cast as Papa, who means well, but who is completely overtaxed and therefore only causes chaos. And newcomer Harriet Herbig-Matten is a convincing puberty all along the line. The staging always works particularly well when the humor arises from the everyday pitfalls of puberty. The closer the whole thing is to life, the more funny the movie is.
However, unfortunately the script doesn't just rely on such moments, but also adds a lot of completely exaggerated slapstick. This is in places still quite amusing, but often also simply too chaotic and flat. That's a pity, because a lot of good potential is given away here. Fortunately, there are enough well done scenes, so that the overall impression at the end is quite balanced. And since the moments that work well speak directly from the hearts of many viewers - whether they are struggling with a puberty themselves or are in the middle of puberty - there are enough good laughs to give this comedy a satisfied "worth seeing" rating.
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