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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Aug 08, 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.

Aug 07, 2017

The film had a horrible ending, IMHO.

Aug 03, 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.

Aug 03, 2017

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

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".

Jul 05, 2017

German comedy...that just about says it all, if you ask me

Jul 05, 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.

Jul 05, 2017

This is one of those movies where 20 minutes in you have to make a decision. Do I stop watching now or take the chance I will waste another 2 hours? Sadly I took a chance and wasted 2 hours. There is absolutely nothing charming or remotely entertaining about this movie. In fact it offends one's sensibility most of the time. I can't help but feel all the critical hype was designed to make fools out of everyone who watched.

Jun 29, 2017

Really have a hard time understanding why people panned this movie. It is sui generis and unclassifiable. It's dramatic, it paces itself almost in real time, it is sometimes unexpectedly hilarious. And in unsentimentalized ways, it is deeply touching.

Jun 26, 2017

Ines is a high-powered consultant stationed in Bucharest whose already complicated life becomes impossible when her well-meaning prankster father pays her an unexpected visit. Daughter gets a lesson in chilling out while dad gets a dose of reality. Smart and savvy but, at almost three hours in length, wayyyyy too long.

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May 19, 2017

Sexual Content: Graphic nudity in some scenes.


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