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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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Cast

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Winfried
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Henneberg
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Gerald
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Tim
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Anca
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Tatjana
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Steph
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Flavia
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Dascalu
Victoria Malektorovych ...
Natalja (as Viktoria Malektorovych)
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Annegret
Jürg Löw ...
Gerhard
Ruth Reinecke ...
Renate
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Iliescu
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Storyline

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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Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,972 (USA) (23 December 2016)

Gross:

$1,388,805 (USA) (17 March 2017)
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Trivia

Despite its length, the writer/director had considered making a shorter cut but decided deleting scenes would hurt the film's pacing. See more »

Goofs

When the father gives his daughter her birthday gift, there are some jars in the table which change position between shots. 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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Featured in Film '72: Episode #46.3 (2017) See more »

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Safe and Sound (Tommie Sunshine & Live City Remix)
Written by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian
Performed by Capital Cities
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This movie disappoints and is greatly overrated.
13 January 2017 | by (Jersey City, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

The sexual violation of a plate of petits fours is one of several scenes in the too lengthy, sluggishly paced "Toni Erdmann" that attempts to repulse a long suffering audience into a sympathy for the main character's banal perversity in her dreary corporate schemes. It's a shamefully manipulative device that brings no visionary edge or joy of whimsy to reward us for our trouble. True believers of the aesthetic collective this movie serves may accuse us naysayers of having sanctimonious eyes, but it's simply a viewer's humble craving to engage a narrative without being toyed with like those dainty pastel pastries. The stellar reviews of this movie by the "cognoscenti" are mystifying, and some professional reviewers are intimidated to contest this group-think. I actually watched one reviewer in a panel understandably assert a spirited negative review only to immediately second-guess himself. He absurdly conceded that he'll watch the movie one more time in the presence of an audience as opposed to being a misguidedly lone viewer, and perhaps that would sweeten his view of it.


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