Homies [HipHop Express] (2010)

Homies is a music film by Adnan Köse, written by him and Andrea Kriegl and starring Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht, Sabrina Wilstermann, Ismail Deniz, Ali Murtaza, Selina Shirin Müller, Günther Kaufmann and Detlef D. Soost.

Plot:
Marvin (Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht) would have his life cut out for him, working in his mother’s real estate agency and earning a whole lot of money. But all Marvin really wants to do is become a rapper, just like his big idol DW Court (Günther Kaufmann). After a magical encounter with the dead Court, Marvin stumbles upon a crew of poor kids who have thrown their lot together under the tutelage of Osman (Ismail Deniz). To fit in Marvin pretends to be poor, impresses Osman with his rapping skills and falls in love with Stella (Sabrina Wilstermann). But Osman – who has his eye on Stella himself – grows suspicious of Marvin’s story.

I didn’t expect this film to be good. I only watched it because it was my nephew’s birthday and he’s a huge Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht fan (he is seven. It shall be forgiven in time), so I invited him to the cinema. Anyway. Even though I didn’t expect the film to be good in the first place, I was still surprised how bad it really is.

It is frankly amazing how many clichés can be fitted into one story, and this movie has some kind of attempt at the world record going on. Every single character is a stereotype and I could have told you the entire plot after the first five minutes – in detail. I find it generally very worrying that this movies chooses to glorify poverty by telling the story of the rich kid who has everything but poverty to make him happy.

And then it’s incredible offensive for people with glasses. There’s this subplot about Marvin’s best friend who is in love with Stella’s best friend (of course) but she is considered ugly because she wears glasses. And then his big romantic gesture is to take off her glasses and to tell her that she’s pretty and from then on, she just goes without glasses altogether. I mean, what the hell?

The cast was pretty bad – though admittedly they didn’t have the best material to work with. But that Ismail Deniz was/looked that much older than everybody else in the entire rest of the group gave the whole thing a special note of creepy.

But what probably hurt most of all – apart from the editing that is that actually caused me physical pain – was the music. I have never heard worse rapping or lyrics. And the melodies really made me shiver – and not in a good way.

Summarising: This is a film made by people who are convinced that they don’t need to make any kind of effort since they’re making a kids’ movie and kids will watch anything. Stay away at all cost.

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