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Regular Guys (1996)

 Carin C. Tietze, Tim Bergmann  Christoph M. Ohrt , Rolf Silber  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors:  Carin C. Tietze, Tim Bergmann  Christoph M. Ohrt
  • Directors: Rolf Silber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 1996
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000B1A36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,479 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Regular Guys" on IMDb

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Christoph is a macho detective who's been dumped by his fiancee. His life is turned upside down when he awakes in the arms of edgar, a gay auto mechanic. More concerned with finding a place to live rather than knowing 'did he or didn't he', christoph moves in with the mechanic! Filled with humor and sensitivity, regular guys is a comedic examination of relationships: gay, straight and somewhere in between.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
ECHTE KERLE or REGULAR GUYS is a polished little 1996 comedy from Germany that manages to tell a tale of mixing genders and satisfy all viewers no matter their viewpoint. Rarely has a film handled straight/gay juxtapostions with such an unbiased, honest and relaxed vantage. So often these gender bender films have the look of mini-budget movies, but this film as directed by Rolf Silber based on a screenplay by Silber and Rudolf Bergmann is photographed with panache by Jürgen Herrmann is slickly creative and wholly professional.

Christoph Schwenk (Christoph Ohrt) is a plainclothesman police officer who does stakeouts spying on criminals with his partners Mike (Oliver Stokowski) and Helen (Carin Tietze). As the film opens Christoph is thrown out of his place by his 'ignored' girlfriend who has replaced him with a bodybuilder lover. Dismayed and angry, Christoph begins to drink, loses his car keys, his belongings on the street, and ends up with no place to stay as he stumbles into a gay bar where he passes out completely drunk. When he awakens he discovers he is in the arms of Edgar, a handsome auto mechanic who rehabs cars (?stolen?) and the question arises as to whether the two had sex during the night. Edgar is a kind and gentle man who evades this question, obviously feeling an attraction to Christoph. Edgar clothes Christoph so that he can find a place to stay and make it to work at the current stake out which just happens to be spying on car thieves.

At work Mike and Helen notice something different in the paranoid Christoph who is more interested in finding an apartment and resolving his question of the previous night's sexual occurrences than he is with work.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars aka "REGULAR GUYS", Witty romantic comedy November 8, 2003
Christoph is having a bad day. The macho but somewhat self-involved police detective gets thrown out of his fiance's apartment, loses his possessions, and passes out drunk at a bar. The next morning isn't working out much better, as he wakes up hungover ... and in the bed and arms of a gay man, Tim, who refuses to tell him if anything "happened" other than sleep. A shortage of apartments and hotel rooms forces Christoph to accept Tim's offer to let him stay until he finds a place of his own. They come to an understanding: Christoph makes it clear that he is straight. Tim makes it clear that he is in love with Christoph.
This is the basic premise of the 1996 German film "Echte Kerle (Regular Guys)", a witty romantic comedy featuring some very funny scenes and good acting. Adding to the mix are Christoph's police partners, one male and one female (the latter interested in Christoph), as well as some light details of a case the three of them are working on. It also becomes known that Tim may be involved in fixing up and selling stolen vehicles, which puts Christoph (and his partners, who meet and like Tim) in a difficult position. When undercover cops staking out Tim's garage see him with Christoph, the rumor spreads that Christoph is gay, and he hillariously decides not to fight the rumor.
In German with English subtitles, but I had no problems whatsoever following the story via the latter (Even though I don't understand more than a couple of words of German, I suspect the translators may have taken some literary license in doing so, as sometimes several lines in German are translated as a one or two syllable English word. But the story flows very well, and the laughs seem to come at the appropriate parts in either language). I'll give it 3 stars out of 5, and recommend it for those who like comedies.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Interesting July 29, 2005
I'm a person who rarely watches a movie in one sitting, but I could barely pull myself away from this amusing and insightful German film that covers a lot of bases about our attitudes toward same-sex (and opposite sex) love.

In a nutshell, our protagonist is thrown out by his fiancee and lands in the eager arms (or more?) of a chipper, kindly, patient gay man, who just might be repairing stolen cars, which is a problem because the main character (and his friends) are cops. Although it is never clear just exactly how far the two men go during this first drunken interlude, it makes less and less difference as the story evolves and their affection for each other grows. Of course there are other affections developing too, and it's really all quite interesting and somewhat insightful.

The acting is good, the story interesting, the secondary characters colorful, and the pacing is great. The ending was maybe a little trite, but cute and good enough to leave you feeling satisfied and entertained.

I wonder if the translations from German were entirely correct, as sometimes the dialog was a bit choppy, and the translation may account for this. So, if you can get past the subtitles, (and I think you will want to) I recommend this as an amusing and interesting film which will keep you interested and make you think right up until the end. This is a strong foreign film that is worth your time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FEEL GOOD MOVIE THAT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE January 21, 2005
The original German title is "Echte Kerle". This film is a fun well-paced gay friendly romantic farce about a "straight" police officer and his sexual identity. A great plot twist at the end puts a smile on your face. The film has some great characters (some stereotypical) and enough suspense to keep you interested to the very end. You can hear sex (neighbors above or X rated porn theater below the stake-out place) but no on screen graphic sex. It is a pleasure to see a film about everyday people. All the main characters (straight and gay) are likeable. The film is in German with English subtitles, has a few trailers but no other extras. The soundtrack includes the Commodores' Nightshift and Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing giving the film a nostalgic 80's feeling. Highly recommended. Also, good price from (I bought it from another site at a significantly higher price).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ah - the complexity of life...
There was growth - and the recognition of possibility in the midst of complexity - from (almost) all the characters. I also appreciated that the ending was open-ended... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Timothy R. Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Regular
I love it when regular guys get into the tub together. So, of course I liked this film, it depicts the differences, and not so differences between gay and straight roomies.
Published 4 months ago by paragraph3
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and light
A fun and easy 90's take on the relaxing of sexual mores. A little lopsided to handle an ending twist but overall a good time-killer.
Published 6 months ago by Lanny Dean
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the strongest story but good overall
I didn't realized was going to be a subtitled movie when I ordered and watched. But overall the story was good. I think some weak points in the story but it is worth watching.
Published 8 months ago by ReaderAnon
3.0 out of 5 stars Rg
Not very exciting or nw Took awhile to read the transation and try to stay with the plot of the movie
Published 8 months ago by Jerry D. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad at all. Worth the purchase
This was worth the purchase. I can't begin to express how good this movie was. I can't wait to purchase more in the future.
Published 9 months ago by Henry Wayne Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
Enjoyable and charming. Storyline may have been a stretch but it was no worse than a sitcom on TV, and considering when this was made, the gay acceptance story line was pretty... Read more
Published 9 months ago by E W Koczorowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Oui, oui
A gay guy and a straight guy (or is he?) become involved in each other's lives unexpectedly. The rest of the movie tells us what happens after the first drunken encounter. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lost in Vegas
1.0 out of 5 stars hate
I don't like to this movie at all to it was not any action and love story of anything like that
Published 11 months ago by dee
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay movie.
Watched parts of it twice. Yes, it's a movie that's more about guys like me who lead normal lives. Still wish I had my money back !
Published 13 months ago by OPRedneck
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