Go For Zucker!

Rated NR 2006

This comedy from director Dani Levy (Aimee & Jaguar) has American remake written all over it: Jakob Zuckerman, once a famous sports anchor in East Germany and an avowed "godless Communist," owes some 45,000 Euros, and his banker (his son, Thomas, no less) wants him put in jail; his wife just wants him out of the house. That is, until Jakob -- also a pool hustler and owner of an upscale Berlin brothel -- receives a telegram from his brother Samuel, the most pseudo of Orthodox Jews, informing him their mama's died; the brothers can receive her inheritance only if they reconcile and sit shiva, which interferes with Jakob's plan to make 100,000 Euros in a pool tourney. But both families are in on the hustle. Zucker!'s a bona fide hit in Germany, where, apparently, there's been a shortage of Jewish comedies since, oh, 1939, give or take. But it deserves its imported rep; rare's the movie that has an Orthodox Jew tripping on Ecstasy while getting a massage from a Palestinian prostitute hours before his mamala's funeral.

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