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Go for Zucker
Go for Zucker
Actors: Hannelore Elsner, Andreas Herder, Rolf Hoppe, Axel Werner, Udo Samel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
UR     2006     1hr 31min

Dani Levy's controversial and highly entertaining contemporary farce GO FOR ZUCKER, is one of the first German-Jewish comedy to come out of Germany since World War II. The cultural phenomenon dominated the 2005 German Film...  more »


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Actors: Hannelore Elsner, Andreas Herder, Rolf Hoppe, Axel Werner, Udo Samel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/19/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: German
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

German Jewish Comedy
Esquire | PA, USA | 09/23/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this movie in Germany and thought it was ok, though not very original except perhaps for the fact that its a German comedy based partially on jewish themes. The German title is "Alles auf Zucker" which alludes to the betting nature of the protagonist, whose name is Zucker. Basically, the story is about an older Berlin pool hustler, married with children, who happens to be jewish and who only has playing, betting and money on his mind. If I recall, he owes a large gambling debt and hopes to win the money he needs in a pool championship. As he's about to enter into a championship match he finds out that his orthodox jewish brother and family are coming to Berlin in order to settle their deceased mother's will. Zucker has not seen his brother for many years and lives very differently (hardly knows what kosher is, or any jewish religious beliefs). Much of the comedy comes from the clash from Zucker's orthodox jewish family staying with him as Zucker's wife tries hard to keep up appearances and pretend they are orthodox as well, and also from Zucker trying at all costs to play in the championship match (including faking a heart attack) while family duties demand his attention."
A comedy for grown-ups
Thamar Jaramillo | Chile | 01/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A fantastic comedy, people who loved Billy Wilder will certainly enjoy Go for Zucker. Finally a comedy for grown-ups who can appreciate a good script, something we miss in Hollywood movies. It needs some knowledge of Jewish tradition.
Zucker is Sweet
Paul Grant | Madison, Wisconsin, USA | 07/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's a comedy, first of all. It's not trying to plow new ground. What it's doing is tell lots of little slapstick jokes around the themes of cross-cultural confusion and similar.

And it works. This is a genuinely fun movie. I recommend viewers click around on wikipedia beforehand, dusting off their knowledge of the GDR. This movie touches a lot on religion, but there's an element of "Ostalgie" -- nostalgia for East Germany -- involved here."
Go for Zucker
H. Wegner | Berlin, Germany | 05/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Funny and heart-warming story of 2 families in Berlin reunited after the collapse of the Berlin wall. Very well done. For the whole family."