Die Mediocren (1995)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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This German comedy examines the relationships among four outwardly liberal, narcissistic West Germans. They live in a large, unnamed city. There is Robin, who believes everything she reads and wants no children; Leo who wants a kid but only has sex with women he doesn't love; Jost, a friend of Leo and fellow lover of Robin; and Jost's sister Anna, a single mother of 6-year old Benjamin. She is attracted to Leo. Much of their time is spent talking about sex and bitching about their lives. They call themselves "meds" (meaning mediocrities) and have no life goals. The story gets going after they suspect that one among them is really an East German with Nazi or Stalinist proclivities. Leo is the suspect and together they travel to his East German house. Their conversations provide the bulk of the humor.

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Generation-X, narcissist, Nazism, slice-of-life