Actually, we have not often the opportunity to write a review about a German movie. But now, 20th Century Fox Germany brings a movie into the cinemas, which aroused our interest. The name: Rate Your Date.
In “Rate Your Date” Nilam Farooq plays the young single mother Patricia. With her son, she tries to handle the life as good as she can. Patricia believes in values and the great love.
Whereas, her best friend Teresa (Alicia von Rittberg) is a date-pro. She plays with men and isn’t interested in a serious relationship, but it comes the time, when both young women – each in her way – become tired of liars, cheaters or mum’s darlings.
THE FLIRTING APP – RATE YOUR DATE
Wouldn’t it be great to know everything about the person before you will meet him or her? Is it a #Crazybitch, a #Heartbreaker, a #Sextremist, a #Pinguine or a #Missperfect?
Thus, the smart young ladies develop the idea of a dating app. But they have no money as well as no technical skills. Therefore, they need help. As fate plays out, they meet the computer scientist Anton and his rich friend Paul. While the one is a neurotic, the other is a superficial macho.
Of course, this combination causes trouble, chaos, funny and romantic moments. Rate Your Date is a comedy, which deals with the real life.
The film tries to reflect our “modern” life and behavior, which is marked and dominated by the smartphone and the Internet. Thereby, director David Dietl didn’t forget to show also the negative effects of the anonymous social network. The mobbing.
A TRUE SOMMER FEELING
Rate Your Date is actually a summer comedy. What a luck, during the premiere in Berlin the thermometer showed 17 degree, mind you, in February in Germany. The film creates a good summer feeling and he outdoor pictures are simply stunning. Berlin is shining in a special light and the scenes on countryside inspires to do a picnic at the weekend.
No wonder. The team was “lucky” to produce the movie during the hottest and longest summer in Germany since decades. On the one hand, it was good, but on the other hand also bad. Sometimes, the team was subjected to temperatures of 40°C during the production of the indoor scenes. However, the result are pictures, which entertain and impress.
So far so good. The crucial point is, that Dietl plays with clichés and stereotypes. Some of the characters appear exaggerated here and there. Happiness, trouble and romantic seem also sometimes overblown and artificial.
The language is authentic, but sometimes a bit too vulgar. Even the story has logic gaps. When it would only take some weeks to launch a complex app, then wow- we would certainly be flooded by them much more than we already are in reality.
However, on the other hand, there are many scenes, which reminds us on our own real life. If it’s the father who isn’t believing in the kid, or if it’s the boss who is an asshole, if it’s the single mother from the neighborhood or if it’s the friend who lives in an unhappy relationship.
We all know these people and, thus, we become friends with Patricia, Teresa, Anton and Paul, even with the critical points mentioned before. Or maybe, exactly because of them. The characters are close to us, they are not perfect, and this makes them likeable.
RATE YOUR DATE REVIEW
The actors do a good job. Without any doubt, Alicia von Rittberg belongs to the top league of German talents. Even if her strengths are more serious, pensive roles, she shows, that she can handle comedy too.
However, Nilam Farooq acts brilliant. She plays the romantic young mother, focused on values, not shy to express her opinion in such a great way, that we cannot wait to see her on the big screen again very soon.
If you want to see a romantic, easy summer comedy, with a bit profoundness and a lot of fun, then you should go into the cinema now. Rate Your Date is out now.