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Good Bye, Lenin!

Good Bye, Lenin!
Good Bye, Lenin!
Good Bye, Lenin!
  • R
  • 2h 1m
  • 2003
Certified Fresh90%
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Winner of six prestigious European Film Awards, including Best Picture and 2004 Golden Globe® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this coming-of-age adventure blends the fall of Communism with the salient emotions of a family's love. "Destined to become one of Germany's biggest international hits," (BBC Films), Good Bye, Lenin! is a beautiful introduction to a whole new, free world. In 1989, Christiane Kerner has lost her husband and is completely devoted to the Socialist East German state. A heart attack leaves her in a coma, and when she awakens eight months later, the Berlin Wall has fallen and it's a whole new world. To protect her from the shock, her son Alex hatches a plan to keep her in the dark. It's easy... all he has to do is turn back the handle of time.
Motion Picture & English Subtitles: 2003 X Filme Creative Pool GmbH. All Rights Reserved.

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Certified Fresh90%
Critics Consensus: Heartfelt and sly, Good Bye, Lenin! succeeds as a satire by foregrounding the personal before the political, yielding a charming comedy full of sociopolitical insight.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
German comedy has nudity, sex references, brief language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Good Bye Lenin! is a wonderful German political comedy (with English subtitles) with sexual references and nudity. Set in 1990, Alex (Daniel Bruhl) is advised by his mother's doctors to ease her recovery from a coma by avoiding shocks, so constructs an elaborate scheme to keep the reunification of Germany from her. The movie is light in its tone, but still manages to include plenty of archive news footage and social commentary about how people lived in what was East Germany before and after their country's reunification. Alex is an everyman who rises to his task by showing inventiveness and compassion to the people he is closest to. Violence is brief and only features in one scene, at an anti-government process. Even then, it is not graphic and serves as an important plot point. A brief clip of an adult movie is shown depicting a topless woman. There is also a brief moment of full-frontal male nudity. Swearing only features in a couple of scenes and includes one use of both "f--ked" and "a--hole." Because of the story, consumerism is not glorified, rather than presented as something that the characters grapple with: it creates more choice, but also more problems, for Alex in particular. Adult characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol -- one character appears drunk, which is played for laughs. Marijuana is smoked in one scene but not to excess.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:February 13, 2003
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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