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Genre Drama
Running Time 102 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Nov 4, 2011
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Young Goethe in Love

Germany 1772 - the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe aspires to be a poet but after failing his law exams, is sent by his father to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. At first, he tries to do his best and wins the praise and friendship of his superior Kestner. But, then Lotte enters his life and nothing is the same. However, Johann is unaware that Lotte has already been promised to Kestner by her father. The dramatic and unfulfilled love between the poet and Lotte was the template for his… Show more

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Friday Jan. 20, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

Handsomely mounted, impassioned, and intermittently silly, “Young Goethe in Love’’ needs just a twist or two of the screw to turn it into a Monty Python farce or something the “Airplane!’’ boys might have dreamed up in their prime. Actually, the original German title - “Goethe!’’ - sounds like the worst musical ever written, which this movie thankfully is not. What it is is watchable, a thoroughly professional piece of Great Man hackwork that lacks the invention and spirit of its obvious model, “Shakespeare in Love.’’

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