Teddy Bear
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The 38-year-old bodybuilder Dennis would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a girl from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a trip to Pattaya, as it seems that love is easier to find in Thailand. He knows that his mother would never accept another woman in his life, so he lies and tells her that he is going to Germany. Dennis has never been out traveling before and the hectic Pattaya is a huge cultural shock for him. The intrusive Thai girls give big bruises to Dennis'… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sex and filial troubles of 308-pound persons are not exactly common. But Matthiesen has evoked both the pathos and courage in these troubles, and, with the help of this reticent giant, explores them enticingly."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Matthiesen and his cast have created a believable space, and that ultimately helps give Teddy Bear the tension of a fine suspense film once Kold sits down across the kitchen table from Steentoft to speak his mind at last."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Its hulking gentle giant non-professional acting star, the real-life bodybuilder Kim Kold, brings the muscles, heart and sensitivity to his role."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not exactly a movie about lurid sex tourism, though coming awfully close, the film does risk credibility at times with a protagonist so out of touch, that he seems to hardly have a clue about the difference between hookers and potential housewives."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"This wispy story is distinguished by its sweetness of spirit, and it comes straight from Kold."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"A largely likable tale about a 38-year-old man-child trying finally to grow up."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"It's Paddy Chayesky's Marty drenched in silent emotion."
‑ Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
"Kim Kold's Dennis is such an unconventional character it's not hard to be drawn into his world."
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
"A heart-wrenching central performance anchors Mads Matthiesen's intimate, empathetic drama about a Danish bodybuilder who aims to grow up as he nears middle age."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A sweetly muted domestic drama struggling to contain a fierce and ancient folk tale."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"A straight-forward telling of an affecting, devastatingly funny tale, topped by a magnificent lead performance from Kim Kold as Ken, the gentle giant."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"From its title to its closing caress, Teddy Bear skates perilously close to the cliff's edge of mawkish sentiment."
‑ Elise Nakhnikian, Slant Magazine
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