Men to Kiss 2012

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Ernst and Tobias have a chaotic relationship; where one favours long party nights in Berlin's trendy clubs, the other erotic evenings at home. Though he loves him, Ernst is unsure whether bubbly and always cheerful Tobias takes their relationship as seriously as he does. The sudden appearance of Uta, Ernst's eccentric school friend adds yet more stress to their relationship as she forges out a scheming plan, which Ernst completely falls for. Working with his friends, Tobias is determined to checkmate the unwelcome guest as soon as possible but inadvertently sets in motion a spiral or farce that gets increasingly out of control.

Starring:
Alexandra Starnitzky, Udo Lutz
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 23 minutes
Starring Alexandra Starnitzky, Udo Lutz, Frank Christian Marx
Director Robert Hasfogel
Studio TLA RELEASING
Rental release 10 June 2013
Main languages German
Subtitles English

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Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on 13 April 2014
Format: DVD
I've been really eager to see Men to Kiss, hoping it might finally be a German comedy I could enjoy. Nope. I'm starting to think - after at least two dozen tries - that I just never will get German humor.

To me it always seems heavy-handed, loud, grossly exaggerated, totally lacking in subtlety, intelligence, gentleness, depth and warmth. It's like The Three Stooges.

So if you love The Three Stooges and can't imagine anything funnier than The Three Stooges as German gays in love, then this is the movie for you; it's not for me.

Unfortunately, it's awful in every other way too. Every character is like a cartoon character, a shallow overblown caricature of a human being, with nothing inside its hard and garish shell. The direction is cartoonish too, with an extreme close-up of someone's mugging face in nearly every shot.

There is NO credibility or chemistry in the relationship between Ernst and Tobias, which is the core of the movie. They're not even credible human beings. If I can't believe that those two love each other, or even that they're real, how can I care what happens to them? I don't.

Early in the movie I started thinking the actors and even their characters seemed very familiar, and I finally realized that many of them (actors AND their characters, and even some of the sets) were in an earlier movie called Alex and Leo, which I also hated for exactly the same reasons.

Someone named Andre Schneider wrote (and produced, and acted in) both movies, so I'm going to add his name to my surprisingly short list of people whose work I will avoid like the plague from now on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Men To Kiss is a fun-filled film. A Sydney paper is quoted as saying "Hysterical!" in bold italics on the box, which may be overstating it, but there are quite a lot of laughs even so. The story focuses on a gay couple in Berlin, and the attempt of a female friend of one of them to get him for herself. It is sillier than most films, and is happy to be quite implausible as long as fun is had along the way. Going into the plot is likely to put people off, but when you see it the effect is quite appealing. The central couple (Udo Lutz and Frank Christian Marx) are charming, while all the supporting roles - except the very tongue-in-cheek villainess - give a good reflection of contemporary urban types, much more than usual, in fact. Tobi is camp, while Ernst is a very goodlooking bank clerk - really a dreamboat! It seems they fell in love at first sight, and that has to be threatened, but it all turns out well in the end. Some people may find the whole thing too ridiculous, but if you can go with it it has a pleasing confusion and warmth, and above all a rude energy. Swarthy Ernst with a flower behind his ear looks quite fabulous, high on drugs, and it has its sexy moments, as well as bit parts for actors with names like Nina Queer and Barbie Breakout. It's as if Berlin is getting back its atmosphere of unadulterated fun from the 1920s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy Ending Seeker on 17 Jun 2014
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Maybe the problem is with my own sense of humour but I thought this was just pretty stupid. Every character, every scene and every line of dialogue was so OTT and hammy that it just became a nonsense to watch.
The cover picture bares no relation to the storyline - it is not about 3 men in love and/or competition with each other. The "competition" to the relationship of Ernst and Tobias is from a woman and frankly the relationship between Ernst & Tobias was so unbelievable and lacking in passion/chemistry that I'd have been quite happy if the woman (played like some silly mish-mash of vamp and looney serial killer) had succeeded!
It gets a second star simply because the actor playing Ernst was quite pleasant to look at! (and yes a film this insulting to my intelligence deserves such a shallow consideration in it's rating). Thank goodness I got it for a knock-down price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A de G on 14 Aug 2013
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This comedy is so much better than most so called "comedies" produced in the USA. It has a very good and believable story and very good leading actors/actresses and also a sharp and witty dialogue that is a delight to listen to. A film to watch and enjoy many times and definitely very good value for money. I will give it 4+.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 July 2013
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Released as "Männer zum Knutschen", this is a gay comedy from Germany. It tells the story of Ernst played by the rather good Frank Christian Marx. He has met the man of his dreams in Tobi (Udo Lutz), they are living a happy if turbulent life but all of the new friends that Ernst has made are all friends of Tobi's and then Ernst hears from his bestest childhood friend Uta who is coming to visit and he is thrilled.

She is glamorous, self confident, speaks a lot of English and is a total biatch. She just wants to split the happy couple up and get Tobi out of the way, one way or the other. What develops are some truly funny if farcical situations where everyone can see what is going on except the poor Ernst.

This is not a rip roarin' comedy, but it made me laugh on a number of occasions and the out takes in the end credits are really good. The acting is all good especially so from a young and mostly inexperienced cast, who I hope we see more of especially Frank Christian Marx and the gloriously evil Alexandra Starnitzky who played Uta.

It is only 83 minutes long but still long enough to be satisfying - no pun intended. In German with a smattering of English and some very good sub titles. Director Robert Hasfogel has made an accomplished and entertaining film and this is his first credited on IMDb so I think we should be hearing more from him too. This is yet another German film that proves they do have a sense of humour and if you need more evidence check out `Fashion Victims' or the wonderful `Summer Storm'.
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