What to Do in Case of Fire (Was tun, wenn's brennt?)
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What to Do in Case of Fire (Was tun, wenn's brennt?)
What to Do in Case of Fire is a stylish German comedy from director Gregor Schnitzler. A 20-year-old bomb goes off in an abandoned mansion in present day Berlin, and all the evidence implicates a a group of anarchists that planted the explosives in the late 1980s . By this time, however, most of the original group have become hip urban professionals who don't want to be associated with revolutionary activity. With the police hot on their trail, they reunite for the first time in 12 years to plot a scheme to avoid jail. Starring Til Schweiger, Martin Feifel, and Sebastian Blomberg.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You might not buy the ideas. But you'll definitely want the T-shirt."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Thoughtful, even stinging at times, and lots of fun."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Has an energy and enthusiasm that certainly works in fits and starts, but taken as a whole, it's a few explosions (and a lot of yearning) signifying very little."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"Starts off with a bang, but then fizzles like a wet stick of dynamite at the very end. It's still worth a look."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"The notion that bombing buildings is the funniest thing in the world goes entirely unexamined in this startlingly unfunny comedy."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In his U.S. debut, Mr. Schnitzler proves himself a deft pace master and stylist."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"An enthralling, entertaining feature."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"The formula is executed with such efficiency that you can't help being entertained, right? Right? Jawohl!"
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"For a film that celebrates radical, nonconformist values, What to Do in Case of Fire? lazily and glumly settles into a most traditional, reserved kind of filmmaking."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Schnitzler's film has a great hook, some clever bits and well-drawn, if standard issue, characters, but is still only partly satisfying."
‑ Andy Klein, New Times
"[Schweiger is] talented and terribly charismatic, qualities essential to both movie stars and social anarchists."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"It's all entertaining enough, but don't look for any hefty anti-establishment message in what is essentially a whip-crack of a buddy movie that ends with a whimper."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"It's like a "Big Chill" reunion of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, only these guys are more harmless pranksters than political activists."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"With recent tensions rekindled by the Kathleen Soliah trial and the upcoming trial of SLA members Emily and William Harris, not to mention Sept. 11, its difficult these days to appreciate Fire's bright side."
‑ Luisa F. Ribeiro, Boxoffice Magazine
"Schnitzler does a fine job contrasting the sleekness of the film's present with the playful paranoia of the film's past."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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