Bavarian provincial police officer Franz Eberhofer is investigating a new crime thriller for the sixth time. In The Meatloaf Addict (de. LEBERKÄSJUNKIE) He not only has to contend with a doctor-imposed diet, but also with a murderous arsonist. The end result is as dry as usual, but still surpasses its predecessors, which seem dusty.
Family trip with Franz (Sebastian Bezzel), Susi (Lisa Maria Potthoff) and their son Paul (Luis Sosnowski) with grandma (Enzi Fuchs)
The plot summary
No more liver cheese. This time Eberhofer (Sebastian Bezzel) has to deal with his worst adversary so far: cholesterol. From now on there will only be healthy food from grandma (Enzi Fuchs). The liver cheese withdrawal symptoms are accompanied by a brutal lack of sleep and smelly diapers because Franz’s ex-girlfriend Susi (Lisa Maria Potthoff) has obliged Franz to look after their son Paul for a while. He manages to forgive his son well, but as always, the idyll of Niederkaltenkirchen is marred by all sorts of crime: arson, murder and building intrigues. Of course, buddy and self-proclaimed private detective Rudi Birkenberger (Simon Schwarz) comes to the rescue to provide unsolicited advice on nutrition, education and investigation.
The Meatloaf Addict Movie Meaning & ending
If a film intended for the general public is released in Germany, the number of copies is usually not worth its own press release. Especially not when it is discussed that the production in question covers all federal states. This is simply everyday life in the blockbuster and popcorn film business. In the case of The Meatloaf Addict, now the sixth film after the “Eberhofer crime novels” by author Rita Falk, things are different. This is because the 2013 opener “Dampfnudelblues” had a regional start that did not extend beyond the Weißwurst equator. After the increasing enthusiasm for “Winterkartoffelknödel” (2014), “Schweinskopf al dente” (2016), “Griessnockerlaffäre” (2017) and “Sauerkrautkoma” (2018), “The Meatloaf Addict” is now starting in 260 cinemas across Germany; from Bremen to Berchtesgaden and Aachen to Zwiesel. And that’s no wonder, because with a total of 3.4 million visitors, the “Eberhofer” stories are one of the most successful German film series in recent years; It’s hard to imagine what will happen if the films are made available to an even wider audience. Of course, there is also the possibility that people outside of Bavarian provinces are not that interested in the interests of Franz Eberhofer. But let’s wait and see – “The Meatloaf Addict” is once again a model humorous crime thriller after its rather poor predecessors.
Franz Eberhofer (Sebastian Bezzel) treats himself to a particularly thick liver loaf roll.
Anyone who has seen any of the previous “Eberhofer” films, perhaps even read one of the books, knows exactly what to expect. In this respect, it is almost impossible to see “The Meatloaf Addict” and end up disappointed because of the production; you just know that the productions would be just as good on television. But as we have already seen in the previous parts of the series, there are stronger and weaker representatives among them. In particular, the relationship between Franz Eberhofer and his on-off girlfriend Susi was sometimes so stagnant that one wondered why they didn’t just give them a completely different partner; Of course, with the knowledge that the quarrels between the two should always result in a certain, albeit exhausting, entertainment value. But after the (broken) wedding and (successful) baby birth, the still difficult relationship between Franz and Susi now has a completely new significance. And thanks to the presence of one-year-old Paul, life finally comes back to the relationship banter that has become redundant, especially since Lisa Maria Potthoff (“Maria Mafiosi”) also seems as if she is finally having fun with her role again thanks to this narrative decision.
Depending on your point of view, the actual criminal case plays first or second fiddle in every “Eberhofer” film. In “The Meatloaf Addict” the investigation is clearly subordinated to the policeman’s private problems, even though the recurring screenwriter duo of Ed Herzog and Stefan Betz don’t just use him to search for a murderer in their usual dry manner. Based on the novel, the writers make some political statements that are likely to have considerable impact, especially in conservatively governed southern Germany; for example, when Franz Eberhofer nonchalantly combats everyday racism by taking on those who use it, sometimes on a verbal and sometimes on a physical level. Instead of resorting to the dramatic crowbar, the novelist Rita Falk relies on her protagonist’s typical humor here – and uses it for the first time in “The Meatloaf Addict” to point out social problems. And that’s not just courageous, because there’s always the risk of offending a long-established audience. It’s also really funny. Far more punchlines hit the mark here than in the previous films.
As you are used to from previous “Eberhofer” films, “The Meatloaf Addict” is not a crime thriller of the most exciting kind. In many of ARD’s 8:15 p.m. “crime scenes” things are more sinister – Franz would probably be a candidate for the early evening program on German television, in which the term “smiling crime thriller” has become established thanks to various similar series. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop the authors from throwing out the usual false leads in order to encourage the audience to puzzle along. The audience doesn’t have to overstrain their brains. It’s like always: At some point there’s only one suspect left, who must have been it. But as is usual with the series, it is only partially about a murder investigation. Audiences familiar with the Bavarian region in particular have always praised Rita Falk’s realism. And that’s how it is this time too: Anyone who has spent any time in the southern German province will once again recognize many of the quirks and peculiarities of the residents there – and since the novelist Rita Falk herself comes from a Bavarian community (in her books all the stories take place in the fictional Niederkaltenkirchen), she never makes fun of them, but rather uses them to add charm and esprit to her stories. The Meatloaf Addict is the best proof of this.
Conclusion: With Eberhofer crime novels, we’ve known exactly what we’re getting for several years now. And yet Ed Herzog manages to land more gags this time than last time. But what is particularly pleasing is the political positioning, which is quite courageous, especially in southern United Kingdom, with which Ed Herzig proves: Despite all the traditional local color, Franz Eberhofer has also arrived in the here and now.
“The Meatloaf Addict” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from August 1st.