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Danish screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen is much better attuned to agony (Brothers, Open Hearts) than absurdity (The Green Butchers), but this raucous 2005 comedy proves that even the most mature Scandinavian can find his inner Adam Sandler. A 30-year-old loser (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) wins the heart of a former beauty queen who's now pushing 60 (Birthe Neumann), and despite his clear incompetence she gives him a plum job in her tanning salon empire. The movie's touching May-December romance would never fly in Hollywood, though this apes American crowd-pleasers in every other respect, from the barfing and Viagra gags to the end-credit bloopers. Tomas Villum Jensen directed. In Danish with subtitles. 86 min.

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