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Thursday, September 1, 2005

The Edukators

Posted on Thu, Sep 1, 2005 at 4:00 AM

**1/2
The Edukators
Studio: IFC Films
Rated: R
Website: http://www3.ifcfilms.com/theedukators/
Release Date: 2005-09-02
Cast: Hans Weingartner
Director: Daniel Brühl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg, Burghart Klaussner, Peer Martiny
Screenwriter: Hans Weingartner, Katharina Held
WorkNameSort: Edukators, The
Our Rating: 2.50

The German export The Edukators is most notable for how spectacularly it fumbles a can't-miss intro: An affluent family arrives home from vacation to find its palatial abode ransacked by intruders who have left behind the written warning, "Your days of plenty are numbered." That stunt is the most exciting activity we can credit to the Edukators, a trio of youthful domestic terrorists who believe in social change through vandalism. The movie fails to up the ante of their preliminary salvo, diverting our attention instead to a stale love-triangle plot in which the group's sole female member inspires a jealous rift between its male founders. When these horny kamerads are forced to kidnap one of their wealthy targets, the film becomes a frustrating mélange of navel-gazing precedents, from The Dreamers to The Big Chill. There's too much "growing," too much "sharing" and way too much dialogue that's straight out of a freshman poli-sci class. The movie ends up preaching that blind hatred of the rich is its own sort of trap, which is an oddly timed message to say the least.

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