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Honeymoon

Ahigh-gloss comedy about three femmes who vow to get even with their faithless menfolk, "Honeymoon" is like a German version of "The First Wives Club" without the elaborate plotting and physical gags. But despite sparky playing and fine production values and pacing, the pic doesn't quite have a special enough flavor to win the uphill battle of selling German comedies offshore. Central trio of friends are Christine (Julia Stemberger), a romantically inclined brunette who's studying psychology; Linda (Anica Dobra), a leggy blond marketing exec who collects men like flypaper and now finds she's pregnant by a departed Aussie; and hausfrau Barbara (Veronica Ferres), who's just discovered that hubby Manuel (Kai Wiesinger) has been jumping his secretary. When the distraught Barbara crashes the other two's Munich pad in the run-up to Christmas, the three eventually decide to hit the town and forget men

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Barbara Veronica Ferres Linda Anica Dobra Christine Julia Stemberger Manuel Kai Wiesinger Michael Michael von Au Burton Uwe Ochsenknecht Lecturer Heio von Stetten Cab Driver Gabriel Barylli

Ahigh-gloss comedy about three femmes who vow to get even with their faithless menfolk, “Honeymoon” is like a German version of “The First Wives Club” without the elaborate plotting and physical gags. But despite sparky playing and fine production values and pacing, the pic doesn’t quite have a special enough flavor to win the uphill battle of selling German comedies offshore.

Central trio of friends are Christine (Julia Stemberger), a romantically inclined brunette who’s studying psychology; Linda (Anica Dobra), a leggy blond marketing exec who collects men like flypaper and now finds she’s pregnant by a departed Aussie; and hausfrau Barbara (Veronica Ferres), who’s just discovered that hubby Manuel (Kai Wiesinger) has been jumping his secretary. When the distraught Barbara crashes the other two’s Munich pad in the run-up to Christmas, the three eventually decide to hit the town and forget men.

The characters take a while to reach this rather obvious plot nut, and the movie doesn’t spring any elaborate surprises once they’ve taken the decision. Following an estrogen-drenched, pajama party-like idyll, Barbara decides to give Manuel another chance, Christine falls for her prof, and Linda for a guy she meets in a zoo.

Pic’s main delights are the performances, especially from the lively Dobra and quieter Stemberger, and the slick, good-looking production values, largely centered on the sumptuous apartment shared by the two women. Both elements contrive to hide the fact that the talky script is based on the central leg of a legit trilogy by the director, Austrian-born Gabriel Barylli, whose first film was the initial seg, “Bread & Butter” (1990), a male version of the same theme.

Main weakness, apart from the rather wooden, Jayne Mansfield-like Ferres, is the dialogue, which is OK but lacks the zing to make this kind of picture fly. Slightly exaggerated playing by most of the leads manages to bring plenty of smiles but not many real laughs. Male thesps are all fine with the little they have to do, and Barylli himself has a running cameo as a cab driver

Honeymoon

German

Production: A Concorde/Castle Rock-Turner release (in Germany) of a Roxy Film/MTM Cineteve production, in association with Pro Sieben. (International sales: Cine Intl., Munich.) Produced by Luggi WaldleitnerDirected by Gabriel Barylli. Screenplay, Barylli, Tina Hartmann, Ute Vogel, based on the play by Barylli

Crew: . Camera (color), Gernot Roll; editor, Cornelie Strecker; music, Joe Mubare; art direction, Egon Strasser; costume design, Maria Dimler; sound (Dolby), Chris Price; assistant director, Tania Utecht. Reviewed at London Film Festival, Nov. 19, 1996. Running time: 84 MIN.

With: Barbara Veronica Ferres Linda Anica Dobra Christine Julia Stemberger Manuel Kai Wiesinger Michael Michael von Au Burton Uwe Ochsenknecht Lecturer Heio von Stetten Cab Driver Gabriel Barylli

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