"Nach Fünf im Urwald" or "It's a Jungle Out There" is a German 90-minute film from 1995, so this one had its 20th anniversary last year. It was directed by Hans-Christian Schmid (one of Germany's most successful filmmakers even today) and he is also one of the people who worked on the script here. It's about a teenage girl (played by the very young Franka Potente) and how she has a huge party for her 17th birthday. Unfortunately, something very precious to her dad gets destroyed and there is also a big argument about when she should come home and what's appropriate for a girl her age. All a bit generic and nothing too memorable, but not necessarily bad. The first 20 minutes or so were a decent watch here. But quickly afterward, it goes south for almost everybody and everything involved. The girls runs away from home with a friend and meets sleazy people who have nothing good in mind for her. So yeah, you can call it a bit of a more harmless version of the Natalie (Babystrich) film(s). Anyway, back to this one here. The action surrounding Potente's character is still somewhat fine, even if the characters she meets, such as von Bülow's, were really written not well at all in terms of their actions and behavior. But the worst thing in the second half of the film are certainly the scenes that depict the girls' parents with her friends' parents and how they keep rambling about how they were pretty bad themselves back then and how you should actually not be too harsh towards your kids. The film hits rock-bottom when they start smoking weed together. Oh well.. I am all for political/social statements in film, but if everything surrounding these statements feels so lackluster, then it's just not working. You can't really blame Potente (who of course became a big star not much later) for this being a really weak film overall and same can probably be said about the other actors (some known names like Milberg, Manzel, von Bülow, Canonica, Otto), but the ones to blame are the writers and it's especially disappointing if there are three writers and they end up like too many cooks spoiling the brother instead of recognizing each other's shortcomings. As a whole, this film is not a failure, but it's way too weak to let me recommend it. It was a missed opportunity and the cast is much better than they are allowed to show here. Don't watch.
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