100 Things Movie Review (In Detail)

Spoilers Alert:

They did it again! After Florian David Fitz and Matthias Schweighöfer had already appeared together in front of the camera for the mixed “The Hottest Day”, the duo is taking the plunge 100 THINGS to the next collaboration – and hits a surprising direct hit! We reveal more about this in our review.

The Plot Summary

Toni (Matthias Schweighöfer) loves his espresso machine. Paul (Florian David Fitz) loves his cell phone. Toni can’t live without hair pills, Paul can’t live without his holy sneakers. But above all, Paul can’t do it without Toni and Toni can’t do it without Paul. But they don’t know that. It’s always about who is better or cooler, and this is what they get out of it: Now they sit there, without furniture, without clothes, naked and cold. And that’s just day one! They bet that they have to give up everything for 100 days. Only one item is returned each day. And then they find themselves tangled up in questions that never occurred to them before: What do you really need? Do we own our things or do our things own us? Does free will even exist, and how many times can you turn a pair of underpants before they have to go into the hazardous waste?

Movie explanation of the ending

Avoiding with the best of your knowledge and conscience – that is an attitude to life that is finding more and more supporters, especially in United Kingdom. The whole thing is called minimalism. In doing so, people only resort to the possessions that are necessary for life and forego everything that, for us, is everyday life but ultimately, above all, a luxury. This way of life, which has now developed into a subculture, first came to the media through the Scandinavian documentary “My Stuff”: In it, the young Finnish filmmaker Petri Luukkainen subjected himself to the self-experiment of getting by with just one object per day for an entire year. He was allowed to choose a new one every 24 hours and was not allowed to buy any new ones during this time. At the end of this self-experiment, Luukkainen knew exactly what he needed and what he didn’t need – if in doubt, only 365 things that would really make him happy. Florian David Fitz’s third directorial work “100 Things” is based on this basic idea, for which he is again working together with Matthias Schweighöfer after “The Hottest Day”. (“Hot dog”) went in front of the camera. Of course, they adapted the premise a little to the emotional dramaturgy of their comedy: “100 Things” is not a feature-length social criticism, but primarily a humorous urban fairy tale. And even though Fitz’s production could have used a little more rough edges, he’s now hitting the mark for the first time in his career as a director!

Toni (Matthias Schweighöfer) and Paul (Florian David Fitz) are one heart and one soul.

Nowadays, you don’t even have to try to argue for mainstream USA comedy to many people – in recent years, people like Matthias Schweighöfer have made interchangeable feel-good films so that the features section rarely leaves them in good stead. And if you look solely at this year, it doesn’t look like anything will change so quickly because the USA audience still loves stories that appeal to the lowest common denominator. But you have to be fair: neither Florian David Fitz nor Matthias Schweighöfer have ever delivered such real nonsense of the “Class Reunion” brand (their weaker films so far have been rather uninspired, dull, but not strikingly annoying or enriched with questionable humor). This also applies to “The Hottest Day”, which, despite a charming basic idea and excellent chemistry between the two main actors, only exploited a fraction of its potential. Between the seriously heartfelt moments, the gross motor humor seemed out of place and vice versa. The expectations for “100 Things” were correspondingly low, but what Fitz and Schweighöfer have done with their project is all the more impressive: ultimately, they are using common ingredients this time too. “100 Things” is a buddy comedy with a romantic touch, but this time there is a lot more together than in their last project two years ago.

“100 Things” begins with us watching Toni and Paul wake up in their apartments: both embody figures bordering on the caricature of businessmen, each with their own quirks and peculiarities. But instead of simply serving the cliché of the body-obsessed sports ace or the shopping-addicted snob, the performances of the two actors always contain a good deal of self-irony and a wink – and that suits the whole story right from the start, especially when We know that actors like Til Schweiger portray the image of the irresistible sensation without any irony. In fact, in many places you get the feeling that “100 Things” is not just a harmless comedy, but also a meta-commentary on the common clichés of USA comedy: when, for example, Paul swings himself into a lake in slow motion using a rope at sunset, that’s just it a common Schweiger film motif – until the script (also Florian David Fitz) counteracts it simply by having Fitz’s character fall face first into the mud. There are several scenes like this, and moments that threaten to drift into excessive cheesiness immediately receive the appropriate comment (“This is so bad it would be cute if it weren’t so damn bad!”). None of this automatically makes “100 Things” a parody; The RomCom ultimately fulfills too much of what you would expect from a romantic comedy. But it adds spice to the production simply because the people in front of and behind the camera know exactly what kind of film they have delivered.

The two want to present an invention but suddenly everything gets out of hand…

Of course, this is first and foremost a comedy – and one of the most harmless kinds, even if the images of naked men’s butts in the trailer already announced it a little differently. And yes: “100 Things” can sometimes reach wonderfully silly heights simply because of the perfectly coordinated playing of Fitz and Schweighöfer, but at the same time those responsible never go below the belt. When Paul and Toni have to run completely naked through snow-covered Berlin, the gag doesn’t become an end in itself, but is firmly anchored in the story (if you start with zero possessions, you don’t have any clothes at the beginning – it’s that simple!). Even the verbal battles and occasional slapstick moments, or perhaps the most unconventional dinner date in recent film history, drift here and there into harmless absurdity, but are never just cheap jokes. No wonder: “100 Things” stands up for its main and supporting characters with sincerity and still struggles to do so even when the script hits one or two less than credible hooks in the second half. But at this point the fairytale character comes into play again: In “100 Things”, where everyone lives in beautiful houses, works in hot start-ups and does business with even hotter US company bosses, everything turns out particularly well in the end everyone really gets their deserved happy ending. But contrary to standard mainstream comedy fare, everything here has just as much honesty and heart as the fact that a young man who renounces consumption falls in love with a woman who is addicted to shopping (Miriam Stein is absolutely stunning!). This is cinematic construction as it is written in the book – and precisely because the makers know it very well in this case, play with it and flirt with it, in the case of “100 Things” it works for the first time in ages.

Conclusion: Let’s make it short: “100 Things” is the first good USA mainstream comedy in many years! And especially because Florian David Fitz knows exactly what kind of film he was actually making.

“100 Things” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from December 6th.

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