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Men & Chicken(Mænd & høns)

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Denmark, Germany

2015

1h 44m

Director Anders Thomas Jensen

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, David Dencik, Nicolas Bro

Genre Comedy, Drama

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Men & Chicken is a black comedy about two outcast brothers, who by getting to know their unknown family also discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.

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63

Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

An admirably bizarre and beautiful genre mixtape, but Anders Thomas Jensen's empathy for his characters gradually impedes his imagination.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Even given the standards of off-the-rails cinematic family reunions, you'd have to look a while to find one as bizarre as Anders Thomas Jensen's Men & Chicken.
50

Village Voice by Michael Nordine

Mikkelsen, blessed with the rare ability to class up a joint while also being the most menacing guy in the room, is cast against type as a mustachioed philanderer; based on the evidence, his estimable talents are better suited to Hannibal.
50

The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

The film is grotesque and bizarre without ever really being funny, and while the sight of Mikkelsen as a nebbishy loser is initially bracing, the novelty wears off fast, leaving little else.
70

Variety by Peter Debruge

In its own playful way, this tonally astounding, genre-confounding movie offers a variation on the famous chicken-and-egg debate, being a twisted inquiry into the characters’ origins and mankind’s own search for meaning.
75

RogerEbert.com by Sheila O'Malley

What does all of this add up to? Damned if I know. But it's fun to see a film that plays by its own rules to such a degree that any comparison to anything else falls apart.