Go for Zucker! (Alles auf Zucker!) (2006)



Critic Consensus: While a German comedy is a bit of a novelty for American audiences, the lowbrow humor on display in Go For Zucker is only mildly amusing.

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Down on his luck, conniving pool shark Jaeckie Zucker must make up with his estranged Orthodox Jewish brother Samuel in order to meet the terms of his mother's inheritance - the only thing that could save him from jail, ruin and divorce. But as Samuel and his entire clan move into Jaeckie's chaotic household, a clash of civilizations is inevitable, and Jaeckie's going to need every trick he can think of to make things go smoothly.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Henry Hübchen
as Jakob 'Jaeckie Zucker' Zuckermann
Henry Huebchen
as Jaeckie Zucker
Hannelore Elsner
as Marlene Zuckermann
Udo Samel
as Samuel Zuckermann
Golda Tencer
as Golda Zuckermann
Steffen Groth
as Thomas Zuckermann
Anja Franke
as Jana Zuckermann
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Critic Reviews for Go for Zucker! (Alles auf Zucker!)

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (17)

A fine farce about discovering the meaning of 'family' under peculiar circumstances.

August 4, 2006
Seattle Times
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Zany Zucker proves that 'German comedy' is no oxymoron, and that the country can at last find humor in its cultural and religious divide.

July 13, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A character-driven entertainment that stays just the right side of purely physical farce.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006
Top Critic

A diverting, mildly entertaining movie, far short of provoking the controversy (or hysterical laughter) it apparently prompted during its release in Germany.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006
Chicago Tribune
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Go for Zucker! has one comic trope our capitalist society can definitely understand: the restorative power of a cash bonanza.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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Although Go for Zucker begins with the title character running, the movie just isn't up to speed.

Full Review… | March 3, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Go for Zucker! (Alles auf Zucker!)

This is an often quirky and sometimes funny German film but I could not really get into it. I kept on thinking that there are so many better family drama films and if I wanted to see pool I would watch the Hustler. I guess this one was unique because it focused on the touchy subject of German Jews. I still have no answer to the Hustler though.

Four Star Film Fan
Four Star Film Fan

Hilarious!!! I was actually initially inclined to turn it off and not finish it, but about twenty minutes in, I was glad I gave it a chance. An oddly funny family "tragicomedy," if you will.

Mariana Arevalo
Mariana Arevalo

I truly believe this is a universal story. If we take it too seriously or focus too hard on the cultural-religious angle, then yes, our family could be offended. But these characters and their delimmas can be found all over the world, in all cultures. I laughed the entire time--the acting was sublime.

Heather D
Heather D

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