The Good German

Theatrical Release: January 19, 2007
The Good German


Based on the novel by Joseph Kanon, The Good German takes place in the ruins of post-WWII Berlin, where U.S. Army war correspondent Jake Geismar (George Clooney) becomes embroiled with Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett), a former lover whose missing husband is the object of a manhunt by both the American and Russian armies.

Intrigue mounts as Jake tries to uncover the secrets Lena may be hiding in her desperation to get herself and her husband out of Berlin. Tully (Tobey Maguire), a soldier in the American army motor pool assigned to drive Jake around Berlin, has black market connections that may be Lena’s way out — or lead them all into even darker territory.

Dove Review

After viewing this movie at an early screening, at the conclusion I thought, “What a cheery little movie.” I was being sarcastic to myself. This movie has a great cast, and the black and white cinematography works well for this post-World War ll period film, in which a lot of the pieces are still being picked up from the mess of war. But this is not a family film. It has very strong language, topless nudity, sex and violence. It is a story of intrigue and betrayal and is downright slow moving in spots. This is really a waste of a good cast. Someone remarked that it had a “Casablanca” ending. It’s true. Except “Casablanca” is a much better film. Due to the excess in key content areas, Dove cannot approve this film.

Content Description

Sex: The character of Tully is obivously having sex although the woman's face is difficult to see; a prostitute offers a character sex; there is a topless, sexual dance in a nightclub. Sexual slang.
Language: GD-1; F-26; H-7; S-5; G-2; D-1; Pi**-1;Di*k-1; A-1; Sexual Slang-2.
Violence: Tully hits woman, and he is beat up; he gets in a fight with Clooney's character; Clooney's character is beat up by someone else; a corpse is found in the water; shots are fired; a character dies at the end and another character almost dies; more blood.
Drugs: Frequent smoking scenes and the consumption of alcohol is fairly frequent.
Nudity: A woman is topless; the same woman has little on below waist in bed; male character is shirtless.
Other: Racial expression of "Don't jew me on the price"; betrayal.


Company: Warner Brothers
Producer: Ben Cosgrove
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter