Favourite German films when I was a teenager

Hello lovely people out there,

as you all might know by now, this blog is run by 4 German girls and as Katie already did 2 blog posts about German books and German tv shows from when she was a kid. I kinda got inspired by that so today I want to show you my favourite German teenage films (that hasn’t something to do that I should study but instead I’m procrastinating like a bro and I’m watching ‘old’ teenage films… nooo… )

When I grew up there were films around like ‘Camp rock’ or ‘Hannah Montana’ or ‘High School Musical’ and without any shame I admit that I still freaking love these films. There’s just something comforting about watching these films. And even though the German film market isn’t as good as Hollywood we still got some absolutely crappy teenage films that I totally love.

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My first one has to be ‘Die wilden Hühner 1 – 3’, you see there are even 3 of them. I think these ones are actually my favourite German films. As Katie has described ‘Die wilde Hühner’ before who they are in her post about German books I’m not gonna repeat that. So essentially I’m going to summarise the films. So the first one is how they became a group of 5 and their ongoing fights with the guy group from their class. Furthermore they discuss family problems and problems you do have coming from different social classes. And beside of all the family and guy problems they also steal the chicken from the horrible grandma of Sprotte. Sounds kinda boring but let me tell you the film is awesome. The second film is called ‘Die wilden Hühner – und die Liebe’ which basically means ‘and love’ and that’s exactly what it is about. It shows the different kinds of love there are. Stress with having a boyfriend, when you freshly broken up and your ex got already a new girlfriend, jealousy/trusting problems, long distance relationships, finding no partner when everyone around you seems happy in relationships and even one of the girls realizes that she likes girls more and going along with this she got hate from others and it’s portrait how hard it is to come out to friends and family and the hate you could get. The last film is called ‘Die wilden Hühner – und das Leben’ which means ‘and live’. This time they’re on a trip with their class and it talked about topics like sex, cheating, breakups, job futures, fight with boyfriends, teenage pregnancy and all of the films actually cover so many more topics that I can’t think off of the top of my head. But it isn’t like you really realize it when you watch it. All the topics are beautifully incorporated in the films and I have to say a big heads down to the writer and producer of the films because they’re truly a good life-teacher (is this even a word?! :D) and I’m sure one day I’m going to force my own kids to watch these films with me.

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The second film I want to talk about is called ‘Freche Mädchen 1 and 2’. Once again it’s a film made from books. In Germany there are a whole lot of books (I think there are way over than 60, or at least when I still read them) which are called ‘Freche Mädchen – freche Bücher’ which means ‘cheeky girls – cheeky books’. In short these are typical girl books from a whole lot of authors which talk about all the different problems you get when it comes to growing up and your first love. By the way all of these stories are different characters and different surroundings so every single book is different and most aren’t connected to each other. So the producers of the film actually took a little series there was of the books (I think there were like 3 or so books from the same author about the same group of girls) and they made it into a film (but they also stole a few ideas and scenes from other books to make it more fun). It’s basically about a group of 3 girls (Mila, Hanna and Kati) and it’s talked about how to survive school stress, bad marks, stress with boys, finding a boyfriend, breakups, stress with your best friends and all these topics, I guess you already can guess what else it is about, because let’s be fair every single teenage film basically has the same topic: boys. And German ones are no different!

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Another film I really liked was ‘Rock it’. This film came out when I was a bit older (well it came out in 2010 so I was already quite a bit older) and it’s basically the German version of ‘High School Musical’. It’s about a girl who is at a very posh musical school and a serious talent at the piano. Although she secretly wants to breakout of her normal life and would like to be in a rock-band, but this isn’t as easy when your parents are great musicians themselves and have you live already planned out basically. Obviously in the rock-band there is a guy she thinks is cute and obviously she can’t just be in a relationship with him because of her parents and their different social statuses. So everything is super teenage-film-like super cheesy and super complicated. 😀

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Another one is called ‘Französisch für Anfänger’ (French for beginners) and it’s about an exchange of German students in France. It not only talks about your typical teeny-film topics like boys (and sex), and let me tell ya it hella does, but also about the difficulties you get when you go to another country of which you barely speak the language let alone you don’t really know the cultural. I remember that when this film came out in 2006 it was quite a controversial topic with my girlfriends and me. Either you really liked it or you went bright red when somebody only mentioned the title. Honestly, I was the second type of girl but now I really like the film, it could also be because I have a slight girl crush on the main female character, but that’s off topic.

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The last film I’m going to mention is a very controversial one again. This time it hasn’t to do anything with the topics in the film, it’s more about who is in it. As you already know from Katie’s post there were this films called ‘Die wilden Kerle’ when I grew up and because it was a film out of a whole group of guys and only one girl there were always the groups who liked which character/actor the most. The main actor also played in other films, also in one called ‘Sommer’ (summer). It’s based on a German island in the north sea and talks about a guy called Tim moving there to his grandma because his dad is in the army. Obviously he meets a girl there he quite likes but she’s in another relationship with a rich guy. Tim is quite an outsider and also becomes friends with a more chubby, bullied guy. Eventually Tim and Vic (the girl) come together but obviously her ex doesn’t like this and tries everything to win her back. When he finds out that Tim even has something in his criminal record he does everything he can to win Vic back. I mostly like the film because firstly it’s unbelievably cheesy and trust me this is the most cheesy film I’ve ever seen. But also because it has such an unbelievable set, they ride on horses the whole time (by the way I’ve done horse riding since I’m 5) and obviously I always used to be on the main actors side (who would have guessed it, looking back though, I can’t understand why because he’s not my type at all, but that’s nothing that matters right now… :D).

So yeah, these are a few of my favourite German teenage films and obviously they’re way more and also way more since I was a teenager which are really good and maybe if you guys like these kind of blog post we will do more in the future.

I think I’m off now, continuing procrastinating and watching one of the films mentioned.

Lots of love,

Jenny xxx.

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