“Greed is cool!” Under this crazy slogan – the older ones among us will surely remember with horror – a large electronics store chain from Ingolstadt ran a year-long advertising campaign at the beginning of the new millennium. This aimed at the savings mania of customers and was enormously successful. So much so that the saying has become a household word in this country. The protagonist of “Nothing to give away” would certainly agree with the statement. This is obviously his motto and sole purpose in life.
And there we already have the biggest problem of the film. Dany Boon, who is also very popular in Germany thanks to hits like “Welcome to the Sch’tis” and “Nothing to declare” and is even being treated as the new Louis de Funès by some critics, plays an extremely one-dimensional main character here. In addition, her quirk is neither endearingly quirky nor particularly amusing. On the contrary: the guy is just really annoying. The rest of the character and slapstick comedy isn’t much better either, in fact disappointing across the board – including clumsy jokes and unimaginative directing by Fred Cavayé (“Point Blank”).
Reviewer Antje Wessels gets to the point when, in the conclusion of the official DashFUN review, she attests that the comedy was toughly staged and only equipped with old-fashioned gags. Her text ends with the words: “The thoroughly unsympathetic curmudgeon main character would skip this film.”
You should do the same if “Nothing to give away” on August 18, 2022 at 8:15 p.m. on Servus TV. Which of course also applies to the repeat broadcast shortly afterwards at 10:55 p.m.
If you want to see the film despite our warning but don’t have time tonight, there are a few alternatives. For example, you can experience “Nothing for free” as part of your streaming subscription to WOW TV (formerly Sky Ticket) at any time and at no extra charge:
» “Nothing for free” on WOW TV*
Or you can stream the title with another service for a fee or have it sent to your home on Blu-ray/DVD:
» “Nothing for free” at Amazon*
Although concert violinist François (Dany Boon) has a good salary, he is a real penny-pincher. Every euro he has to spend causes him panic attacks. Even when the new cellist in his orchestra, the attractive Valérie (Laurence Arné), unexpectedly shows affection for him, he counts every penny on the first date and even takes her (!) leftovers to take home.
One day, suddenly and without warning, 16-year-old Laura (Noémie Schmidt) shows up at his door and reveals to him that she is his daughter. Instead of getting to know the bright girl properly, François gets a toothache because he now sees an avalanche of problems and above all costs rolling towards him that would unhinge his iron savings plan …
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