A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Lead character believes that he must be unhappy all the time to avoid bad things happening to those around him. His brother has spent a lifetime manipulating him.
Characters are German or Albanian, or pretend to be one or the other.
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Violence & Scariness
A character dies by shooting himself in the head with a 3D printer gun, and is shown dead on the ground with a bleeding wound in his cheek. Strict grandmother slaps her two grandsons when they disobey her. Fighting with guns, shovels, broken bottles, punches, kicks, cookie sheets. Shoot-out during a wedding: deaths, injuries. Character run over by car in two scenes. Woman relays anecdote about the time her grandfather stabbed a chef in the eye after the grandfather suffered gastrointestinal difficulties after eating in the chef's restaurant.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Man gets tattoo of a pair of testicles on his upper thigh. Man masturbates a horse to drain it of sperm before a race.
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Strong language throughout, including "f--k," "a--hole," "pr--ks," "s--t," "piss," "ass," "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character gets high on cocaine after snorting what he thinks is baking powder. Shot and beer drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Buba is a 2022 German action noir comedy in which two con artist brothers join the local mafia. It's a prequel to the TV series How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) and can be enjoyed without having much knowledge of that show. Expect action violence throughout, including a character shooting and killing himself in the head accidentally with a 3D printer gun -- with a close-up of the dead body on the pavement, bullet hole in cheek. There's fighting with rifles, guns, broken bottles, punches, kicks, biting, and cookie sheets. Characters are shot and killed at close range, and there's a shoot-out during a wedding. The lead character unwittingly snorts cocaine and acts high. He also gets a tattoo of a pair of testicles on his upper thigh. Some gross-out humor includes a scene in which the lead character masturbates a horse. Substance use includes beer and shot drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fairly typical action noir comedy in the tradition of Guy Ritchie movies. Buba is a German movie, a prequel to the TV series How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) that can be enjoyed without being familiar with that show. The constant twists and turns can get to be a bit much, but these plots and subplots and double-and triple-crosses are more or less worth it.
As the titular character, Bjärne Madel keeps it engaging enough in his portrayal of this lovably unlovable loser with a warped interpretation of what karma means. The quirkiness and smart dialogue of most of the other characters is to be expected, and it's frustrating that the movie doesn't really bring anything new to those not versed in How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast). That said, the quality in the acting and direction is there, and the final scenes where it all comes together feel like some kind of impossibly executed performance in gymnastics.
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