Guys and Balls (2004) - Männer wie wir

Guys and Balls (2004)
Country: Germany
Release Year: 2004
Aka: Männer wie wir
Director: Sherry Horman
Writer: Benedikt Gollhardt
Language: German
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Runtime: 102 min
Cast:Maximilian Brückner, Lisa Maria Potthoff
David Rott, Rolf Zacher, Christian Berkel
Studio:here! Films, Regent Releasing
Buena Vista International, Hager Moss Film
Ecki (Maximilian Brückner) lives with his parents who own a bakery in Boldrup, a (fictitious) small German town near Dortmund. Football, the German national pastime, is particularly popular in this heavily industrialized region and Ecki has been an avid and successful player since his childhood days.
In a decisive game, he fails to keep a ball and is then evicted from the team, with his mistake being used to cover the real reason—the revelation that he is gay that comes about when he is observed by some of his teammates kissing another man on the mouth.
Ecki is defiant and immediately sets out to form his own team and beat his ex-teammates at their game. Meanwhile, he also manages to win the heart of dreamboy Sven (David Rott), who becomes his first boyfriend. Training of the team is done by Karl (Rolf Zacher), an ex-soccer player himself who quit the sport years ago after a stinging defeat.
When the big day of the game comes, the match starts out badly for Ecki's team, but ultimately they are able to triumph over his old teammates by allowing their homophobia to turn against themselves.

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