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Toni Erdmann (2016)

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A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

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Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she's busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn't help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried's flashy alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' work circle, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried doesn't hold back, and Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life. Written by Official site

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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25 December 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Min pappa Toni Erdmann  »

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€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,972 (USA) (25 December 2016)

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$1,478,960 (USA) (12 May 2017)
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Trivia

Winfried Conradi is loosely based on Maren Ade's father who actually likes to put in fake teeth to joke with people. See more »

Goofs

The lady, who helps Ines painting an Easter egg, puts on a single latex glove twice. See more »

Quotes

Winfried Conradi alias Toni Erdmann: You have to do this or that, but meanwhile life is just passing by
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Connections

Referenced in Film '72: Episode #46.3 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Safe and Sound (Tommie Sunshine & Live City Remix)
Written by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian
Performed by Capital Cities
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Awful, Obnoxious, Disappointing
11 February 2017 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Totally waste of time; 160 minutes of torture. €10 on a total fail. I cannot believe that the film industry in Germany is so miserable that such a catastrophe is chosen as their candidate for an academy award. This screenplay is ultra-weird, not for the unusual timeline of the movie, but exactly for two disgusting scenes. The sex part with pastry, and the birthday party; I regret to mention, but only perverts can think of such stories. Awful; waste of time and money...

The main idea could be elevated into an interesting story not necessarily by a very professional screenplay writer, but even middle. This movie is a false and defective combination of Hollywood films' and French films' philosophy. That is, at intervals the tone switches between those two ideas.


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