“The Almost Man” (Mer Eller Mindre Mann) (2012 Norwegian movie) review

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Intro:

I watched this movie at the 2013 Cinequest film festival. Like all the other movies, I watched it not knowing what the movies are about so I can watch them with a clean slate. That means on occasion, I won’t know if it’s a domestic or an international movie. Other contributing factors in choosing a movie are the time slots in which it is available. I decided to watch the movie with a friend as well.

Plot

Henrik is going to be a soon to be father along with his wife, Tone. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to move forward in life as he is stuck in his past by partying and doing immature antics. He finds it difficult balancing his immature ways with the prospects of adult responsibility. He wants to leave his duties as a family man to hang out with his equally foolish friends. During the course of the film, he must find the inner balance on whom he actually is and who he wants to become.

Good

I was incredibly impressed on the entertainment value of this movie. There were enough laughs to be had as I laughed out loud on many occasions. I did not feel bored during this movie or felt the need to make a comment during the movie which was a plus in my book.

Bad

Things I don’t really want to watch during a movie: Penises. I didn’t really want to watch a movie where we visibly see someone peeing. I also wasn’t trying to see a bunch of naked men hit each other with towels in a locker room.

Overview

This was my first venture into comedies made in Norway. Like another Cinequest movie I saw in 2013 made in Norway, “The Orheim Company”, it gave me a look into a world that I was unfamiliar with. I got to see a different set of Norwegians and how they live. I saw the comparisons and contrasts to how we Americans live.

I’m glad I got to see this movie because I made it a point this year to watch as many different foreign films as possible to give me a view of different parts of the world which I may have neglected or didn’t know existed.

Overall rating: 3/5

Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic

 

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