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What a Man: ShockYa Movie Review

ShockYa: The idea of a wacky, modern German relationship comedy may seem at first unfeasible given the dour reputation of its homeland, but that’s just what multi-hyphenate Matthias Schweighöfer’s “What a Man” is. (And yes, in case one was wondering, it does take as the root of its titular inspiration Linda Lyndell’s Stax soul hit, later repurposed to hit effect by Salt N’ Pepa.) An unlikely and winning if utterly formulaic blend of male fretfulness and romantic bloom rooted in friendship, the film serves as further ample proof that some fairy tales of amorous connection have universal appeal.

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