“Damaged Goods”: The mischievously funny Millennium Field Research – DWDL.de

Success is relative, especially to one’s field of vision. On the same day psychology student Nola was expelled from university for lack of qualifications, her best friend Henny is promoted to Senior Financial Controller Executive (whatever that is) and earns six figures while her second best friend Tia buys a work of art for €7,000 (which represents ) It has been sold. Her third best friends Mads (a food courier) and Hugo (a flight attendant) are as professionally unsuccessful as Nola, but they have a more authentic personal life and less anger in their stomachs.

The former academics who are neither sexually nor financially new can keep up with the competitive Tinder/Insta/Linkedin generation in this expensive Munich location. No wonder it starts the eight-part Amazon Damaged Goods series with a lie. At Hennie’s promotion party, Nola claims that she is attending her Ph.D. and that she has to rally around Sigmund Freud, whose bust she has stolen from her professor’s desk in a fit of emotion, to celebrate the Ph.D. “Weird imitation,” says Heaney, to which Nola replies, “what imitation is not funny.”

This small, sweet and barely perceptible but noticeable dialogue does not pass the pub toilet, which tests the degree of liberation (are there at least two main characters? Are they talking to each other? Is it about something other than men??). Early in the study of the environment, which lasts several hours, he also shows what lead author Jonas Bock is about in his biggest screenplay mold yet: breaking comic convention in a funny way. With the help of local director Anna Katherine Meyer, he succeeded brilliantly, despite her experience in humorous thrillers such as “Hubert and / without Staller”. In terms of content, the series that Westside has commissioned to produce a movie for Prime Video isn’t a stark departure from the rules of modern television.

For some time now, broadcast services and media libraries have been flooding television with comedy called Young Adult: cloudy stories of inner-city residents at about 30 years old, whose brains, hearts, and ovaries are smoking by sheer life chances. Prime Video itself recently had a treasury of curiosities on display. “Sex Zimmer Küche Bad” was the same name as the superb WG comedy “3 Zimmer/Kitchen/Bad,” but it was so awful in a late pun intensity that even the summary of Damaged Goods was horrifying.

This is a bug as shown after the shortest production time. Meyer has put together a set that makes the idea of ​​a coterie of radically different characters plausible, even real, and is as old as it is unrealistic. Half a lifetime after her parents sent her to a psychiatrist known as “Professor Glass Eye,” the five soulmates are still together physically and mentally in their late twenties: Henny (Leonie Brill), womanizer Mads (Tim). Oliver Schultz), aimless artist Tia (Zeinab Bozbay), and gay nest seeker Hugo (Anthony Stankovic). If group therapy is not a lifelong glue – funny diversity will remain only an affirmation.

With a sharp tongue and a sharp mind

But since the characters (apart from Tia’s hippie grandmother, who exaggerates Michaela May to the level of peasant theater) mostly communicate coherently, the plot develops atmospherically. And that’s due to the one person in the cast who doesn’t have camera experience: Sophie Bassman. Propaganda (which transgender people hate about sex, and revered by feminists) easily manages to embody her own Nola at the center of the story—perhaps because she doesn’t have to strip the body-positive stimulus with a sharp tongue and sharp mind, but she can connect with her.

After the pop culture podcast “Jubel & Krawall,” Passmann just added “Quelle: Internet” about the social media abyss. And since her Amazon ego secretly publishes everything Nola’s environment experiences, from cunnilingus to chlamydia, in the “Damaged Goods” podcast, “Kitchen Psychologist” is actually looking for the digital hate Basman discussed a little more fantastically. On the phone, the actress denies any resemblance to the series character of the same age. “The script has almost nothing to do with me,” she said in an aggressive voice two octaves lower than what is considered feminine in film and television.

But when she acknowledges the same style of sarcasm as Nola, “sound and language reflect some aspect of my real environment,” Basmane’s quick wit, and her obsessive penchant for sarcasm, combined with a disrespect for the rules of conversation or behavior in every syllable become noticeable. It’s the voice of unconditional devotion that becomes even more believable when she admits she was dumped on damaged merchandise because of “my reach, of course.” But it’s also a topic that the audience needs to be tough on.

Just like Nola, Sophie’s heart is up her sleeve. Both are equally funny, but they also tend to be self-referential opinion attacks that accept collateral damage. When Nola says about the goals of her millennial field research that they are “the best people in the world,” but adds more softly than usual “and I’m disgusting,” she also means Sophie Basman. One of the most exciting, exhausting, exhausting and entertaining, the smartest and the furious, the most influential and overrated, the most influential and disturbing in German pop culture – now also available as a serial character. Make sure to grab it!

Damaged merchandise will be available on Prime Video on July 11th.

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