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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 113 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Completely desperate, because she was suddenly abandoned, the young journalist Ella (Emily Cox) adopts a dog, who breaks out again only a short time later. Through the forester Daniel (Kostja Ullmann) she finds not only the dog again, but also inspiration for a new story. Cecile (Johanna Wokalek) is also in a crisis. For her son the family dog is a great love, but her husband can't cope with the cattle at all. Silke (Marie Burchard), on the other hand, has a good knack for dogs and earns her money as a dog trainer - until the ex-footballer Oli (Frederick Lau) snatches her customers away with a clever idea…
With "Wuff" director Detlev Buck has staged an episodic ensemble comedy that has many strengths but also has to struggle with some weaknesses of this genre. A big plus is the cast in any case. With a few exceptions, the actors can also convince in somewhat weaker moments. Especially Frederick Lau, Emily Cox and Kostja Ullmann quickly have the audience's sympathies on their side and can thus play their way out of the shadow of their four-legged co-stars. This is naturally not always easy with a high cuteness factor of the dogs. The only real actor's disappointment is Maite Kelly, whose game seems to be too hard and too artificial, especially when compared to her more experienced colleagues.
Some of the storylines can also be convincing. The story of Ella and Daniel, for instance, is really beautiful and the somewhat bumpy, but emotionally resolved plot around Cecile and her family is one of the stronger moments of the film. Otherwise, the events usually remain nice, but also very superficial. As is so often the case with such ensemble films, there is simply no time to work out the individual stories properly. And so not only some gag goes astray in nothingness, but also the emotionality falls by the wayside.
"Wuff" is light entertainment for romantics and dog lovers. Not a very big litter, but despite some weaknesses still good entertainment for the mainly female target audience. Who likes German romantic comedies of the very conventional kind, does nothing wrong with the purchase of a cinema ticket. Worth seeing
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