The first thing that caught my eye about "Der Nanny" (aka "The Manny") were the names Matthias Schweighöfer and Milan Peschel in the cast list. A year and a half ago, I wrote about the film Schlussmacher, which starred these same actors. I remembered liking that movie enough, so I gave this one a try. Plus, Schweighöfer is nice to look at.
Schweighöfer plays Clemens, a single father with two ill-behaved children. It's clear early on that his job as a real estate developer rules his life and he places it as a priority above all else. He's handsome and wealthy with a great career, but a couple of intersecting problems. First, his kids do their best to chase away any nanny he hires. Second, he is facing pushback from residents of buildings he is looking to demolish for an urban development project. This is where Peschel, who plays Rolf, comes in.
Rolf is a resident of an apartment building Clemens plans to tear down. He pays a visit to Clemens to voice his protest, but Clemens mistakes him for the new nanny. Thinking this is a great opportunity for sabotage, Rolf goes along with it and endures the torture inflicted on him by the children in hopes of saving his neighborhood.
It's a heartwarming comedy that really hits hard on the message of being there for family, whether you're related by blood or not. All of the main characters have pretty in depth development and stories. Even as I was consistently laughing, I was considering my normal workaholic lifestyle and how I can't do that and have a family. It honestly made me more relieved to have found my current job, with a company that values work/life balance and a boss who values family.
I'm not sure how popular this movie was in Germany, but I'd never heard of it. I'm not too surprised because it's rare for a German comedy to gain popularity in the United States in the same way that a drama or historical piece does. It's a movie I found hilarious and would watch again. These actors have great chemistry together and I'll keep a lookout for any other films they're in together.
I recommended this film to my mom to show for German Club's movie night since they shoot down my horror movie suggestions, so maybe a few more people will see it.