Berlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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TV-based comedy has violence, nudity, and drugs.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 80 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

You can do lots of stupid things and still somehow emerge unscathed.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lolle is indecisive and self absorbed. Sven is a drifter who claims to want to settle down. Dana is depressed and mean-spirited.

 

Violence

The movie is filled with cartoonish violence, including car crashes, foot chases with angry men with guns, nudists, a bear, and police officers. People fight and wrestle cartoonishly. Offscreen, a man had a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed and wishing to die. Women are handcuffed at a traffic stop. A woman aids someone who wishes to commit suicide.  A man who talks about sticking his fingers in a fan to do deliberate damage is later seen with fingers seemingly missing and a bloody, bandaged hand, all for comic effect.

Sex

About to be married, a woman tells her fiancé that she had sex with an old boyfriend a week before the wedding. A woman offers oral sex to a police officer during a traffic stop, then grabs his testicles and twists, allowing an escape. Nudists' breasts are seen. Characters kiss.

 

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "bitch," "penis," "d--k," "horny," "ass," "screw," "bum," "butt," "damn," "suck," and "balls." A wall displaying graffitti says "c--k."

 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink. A woman spikes someone's drink with a hallucinogen. A meth lab plays a role.

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Berlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run is a German-language comedy (with English subtitles) that reunites characters from a German television series of the 2000s. The material is mature, even as the comedy sometimes strives to be juvenile. A woman about to marry is accosted by an old boyfriend at her wedding, at which point he reveals he had sex with her only a week before. Theft, drug-dealing, drinking, bribing a police officer, and mad chases through the forest make this lively but dopey and definitely designed for older teens and adults. Breasts are seen in a nudist colony. A woman offers oral sex to a police officer during a traffic stop, then grabs his testicles and twists, allowing an escape. Language includes "f--k," s--t," "bitch," "penis," "d--k," "horny," "ass," "screw," "bum," "butt," "damn," "suck," and "balls."

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What's the story?

Lolle (Felicitas Woll) has a knack for getting into trouble. BERLIN, BERLIN: LOLLE ON THE RUN is a sequel to a popular 2002 German TV show, Berlin, Berlin. Young Lolle's adventures included taking up with two lovers, Sven (Jan Sosniok) and Hart (Mathias Klimsa), and longing for a career as a cartoonist. Set in present day, the movie begins as Lolle is about to wed the co-owner of their cartoon studio, Hart. She's decided to settle down, have kids, and even sell her studio for millions to a Hollywood animation firm. When Sven, a beach bum who disdains plans, shows up at the wedding to beg Lolle to run off with him, she drives off, causing chaotic car crashes. In her wedding dress, she's sentenced to 40 hours of community service just when she needs to complete the Hollywood presentation on her tablet. An irritating woman named Dana (Janina Uhse) steals the tablet, and sells it for cash, then unhelpfully spikes Lolle's drink with a hallucinogen. At each other's throats, Dana and Lolle run through a forest from armed meth makers with self-described "impulse control problems," then from angry nudists, a jilted fiancé, and a former boyfriend. Throughout, Lolle's cartoon characters occasionally come to life and join the action.

 

Is it any good?

This failed attempt at madcap comedy has a lot of energy but strains unsuccessfully to be funny. Acting and directing styles both suggest desperation inBerlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run. The material is just a collection of dusty old routines we've all seen before and flashbacks from the original TV series suggest the show was probably no better. Gosh, the women stumble on a hidden meth lab and run from comic bad guys. The women's drying clothes get stolen, by nudists, no less! In one innovation, a bear swallows a cell phone, the bear rings, then his stomach somehow answers the call. None of this is funny. Yet the filmmakers contrive to throw every stupid trick they can think of into this. None of them work.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Berlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run stands alone given the characters' origins in a German TV comedy from the 2000s. Do you think you need to have seen the TV show to enjoy the movie? Why or why not?

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  • How does the use of animation segments help or hinder the plot and humor? Do they add to the film?

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  • What makes broad comedy work? Do unrealistic situations make this funny?

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