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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.Read more ›
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.
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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We selected this movie based on the relatively high star rating but it turned into a huge regret and disappointment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by VegasGays
Unrealistic and Uninteresting....money wasted...thank gawd it was only a rentalPublished 5 months ago by L. Ward
An older movie but a nice story and still quite entertaining. Enjoyed it.Published 6 months ago by Andrew Richardson
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