Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

DVD - 2017 | German
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Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she's busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn't help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried's flashy alter ego.

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kjhellman
Sep 13, 2017

Weirdly entertaining.

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TheSandoz
Aug 30, 2017

At nearly three hours, "Toni Erdmann" is expansive but rarely self-indulgent, and the emotional payoff, when it comes, feels truly and bizarrely earned.

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lindy919
Aug 30, 2017

This is a perfect example of why Germans are not known for making movies; The country, as a whole, should get out of the art business altogether and stick to engineering and medecine. While there are a few (slightly) humorous scenes there are too many awkward pauses, gross situations, and surreal introspection to make it enjoyable much less something you could ever re-watch. My guess is that the people that really like this movie are total weirdos.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 19, 2017

The Chicago Trib critic - "...about the endless, free-floating bs women must contend with in a capitalistic patriarchy." Yeah, I kinda felt that Toni's daughter was always getting criticized by her male business associates with comments suggesting she was a little short on her suggestions, plans, conclusions, etc. , etc. And I kina felt that the males' critiques were relatively baseless bs. Toni, prankster in chief, seems to be in the movie for her daughter to decide, what is worse, the business associates' bs or her fathers continual prankstering. The viewers with one star either do not like theatre of the absurd or were of the belief that the film was a simple drama, comedy or comdram.

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 18, 2017

Toni Erdmann" is a 162-minute comedy/drama from Germany about a prank-loving older man who pays a surprise visit to his corporate consultant adult daughter and begins to throw her uptight life into chaos. That plot description could easily apply to a traditional Hollywood comedy that probably wouldn't be very good, but the genius of writer-director Maren Ade's film is how she portrays these characters like fully dimensional human beings and grounds their actions in a believable way even as things escalate to hilariously crazy levels. The movie also works because Ade mixes the humor with real earned drama and emotion, so that by the end you really end up caring about this lovably awkward father-daughter relationship.

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Maoisdead
Aug 18, 2017

If I could grant Maren Ade's third feature the rating it deserves, its title would be followed not by five stars but by a constellation. The Academy blew it. Toni Erdmann is by far the finest foreign language film of the past year.

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duanetucker
Aug 17, 2017

Contrived, cartoonish and preposterous. The only good thing about it is: You've never seen anything quite like it. Here's hoping you never do. Whatever it's agenda: feminist or familial reconciliation the essential ingredient for comedy is laughter. In the nearly three hours I think I laughed two and a half times.

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1957Rick
Aug 07, 2017

The film had a horrible ending, IMHO.

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Calvacade
Aug 03, 2017

It's one of the best comedies in recent years, being intelligent, disconcerting and poignant at the same time.

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beaches4evr
Aug 02, 2017

Waaaaaay too long......some very good moments...and some very bizarre ones. I agree with the previous comment of "German comedy says it all".

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Ron@Ottawa
May 19, 2017

Sexual Content: Graphic nudity in some scenes.

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