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Men in Hope (Muzi v nadeji) 
Written by: on June 28th, 2015

Theatrical Release Dates:
Czech Republic, 2011
Director: Jirí Vejdelek
Writer: Jirí Vejdelek
Cast: Jirí Vejdelek, Bolek Polívka, Petra Hrebícková, Vica Kerekes, Simona Stasová, Lukás Langmajer, Hynek Cermák, Filip Antonio

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2012
Approximate Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Czech, Dolby Digital Stereo Czech
Subtitles: Czech
DVD Release: Falcon
Region Encoding: Region 2 PAL (Czech Republic)
Retail Price: 99 Kc ($4.00)

Synopsis: A retired roller coaster designer doesn’t want to stay at home (with his wife) so now he drives a cab. He’s also had a grand total of 188 illicit affairs, and is presently coaching his son-in-law in the advantages of extra-marital peccadillos.

This is an often vulgar and frequently hilarious bawdy Czech sex comedy. There are lots of sexual situations and most every one involves the spectacular and naturally endowed freckled faced redhead sex bomb Vica Kerekes, with many cleavage and tease scenes but including some jaw dropping nudity as well. Vica’s beauty is quite comparable to Christina Hendricks’ if the latter would decide to “let her girls out for some air”.

This is actually another bait and switch film such as The Last American Virgin (and the original Lemon Popsicle). That film consists of hysterical sexual shenanigans and assorted ribald misogyny for the first half and then a dramatic event grinds things to a halt and forces everyone to re-evaluate their behavior and motivations. Most women will probably dislike both (or all three) films due to the self centered male egos running amok over the poor downtrodden females – but let’s just say that anyone having an illicit affair may rethink their situation after viewing this film.

The DVD:

Here’s the problem: the Region 2 releases on DVD and Blu-Ray both feature Czech audio AND Czech subtitles – ONLY. As the dialog is crucial to full appreciation of the film, you will have to seek English subs elsewhere to augment the presentation. Here’s hoping for an English friendly release in the future.

A short review, yes, but that’s the best I can offer in the way of defining the film without spoiling the many nuanced situations and encounters experienced by the characters and vicariously by the audience. This is one of the most enjoyable and simultaneously thought provoking sex comedies ever made. But it’s absolutely Vica Kerekes’ performance that really makes this one sizzle.

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