Kiss me Kismet (2006 TV Movie)
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I rarely had so much fun watching a TV comedy. I was constantly laughing out loud while watching this film (yesterday on German TV). A fast-paced really funny piece of entertainment. Very often, such "ethnic" Comedies are just rehashing clichés, and are not feeling "real" at all. But this one did feel real, funny without going over the top. Well, maybe the Turkish-gay-policeman brother was a bit over the top, but still great. Every one of the concerned parties (Turks, Germans, the Traditionalists, the Religious, local salesmen and German Gutmenschen) got, what they deserved, no false respect, equal opportunities. Hilarious! Forget "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", watch this one instead. I would watch it again, if only I had videotaped it.
Oh yes, Horst's T-Shirt slogans get an extra point. "Versuchstier", "Bin (im) Laden" (pun on "shopkeeper's in"), and many others. I was just waiting for Horst to show up again, to see the next one!
The music here is not really what you would expect. There are sequences of Turkish traditional music, but for most of the film they go with Fatboy Slim, Johnny Cash, Madonna and Blur. In terms of the actors, I already mentioned Fitz and there are also Kathrin Saß, Charly Hübner and Hilmi Sözer in here. The actress who plays the female central character is stunning, but fairly unknown unfortunately and also does not really act anymore these days. At least not in movies. Half of the cast are Turkish actors, probably even more. One of them, Hilmi Sözer (the girl's dad) is really not a good actor at all, neither in drama nor in comedy. Fitz is slightly better, but not a revelation either. Hübner (personal favorite) and Saß steal the show in this one whenever they are on screen. The fact that this film did not really wow me was not their fault, but really mostly due to the script, which certainly could have been better and less over the top on many occasions, especially all the drama at the end. The way this was made it is no movie which helps in getting rid off boundaries between Germans and Turks in Germany, but it really makes them stronger again, which is basically the worst that they could achieve. Many stereotypes in here and they are only rarely funny. One of the negative moments was when Fitz' character is already a full-blown Muslim and yet he still hasn't told his mother for some reason, despite her being the only family he has to quote him from a later scene. They can't be that close then, can they? I am a bit surprised to see this film actually won an Adolf Grimme award, but movie makers can take this as an encouragement that you really do not have to come up with great quality anymore to do so. Not recommended.
I find Götz, the German boyfriend (whose name means nearly "ass" in Turkish) a well crafted character. Actually Florian David Fitz who plays Götz brought me to this movie and he pulled Götz off with grace. Aylin, the Turkish girl played by a non-Turkish actress, is more of a shallow character. Wish they put more emphasis on her. A gem was Charly Hübner as Horst, the cynical best friend! Quoting: "Die Welt is schlecht, Frauen sind böse, and Maenner sind dumm." (The world is bad, women are evil, men are stupid.) Also found Katrin Sass as Götz' mother realistic and well played.
Some people say this movie is a little racist, stereotyping Turkish people. Yeah, stereotypical, but I didn't get offended as a Turkish person watching it.