ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED

The Trap-ings of Buddhism

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Starring: Uwe Ochsenknecht, Gustav-Peter
Wohler, Petra Zieser, Ulrike
Kriener, Anica Dobra, &
Sumo-Ringer

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers to adults

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 109 minutes

Distributor: Constantin Films

Director: Doris Dörrie

Executive Producer: Louis Saul

Producer: Franz X. Gernstl

Writer: Doris Dörrie & Ruth Stadler

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Content:

(PaPaPa, HoHo, OO, LL, S, NNN, AA, D, M) Strong pagan worldview where two German brothers find peace & enlightenment by staying at a Buddhist monastery, plus homosexual elements & Buddhist brother gives occult feng shui advice to clients; 9 obscenities & 4 mild profanities such as “My God”; no violence; implied adultery by one protagonist’s wife; partial nudity & brief full male nudity at Japanese spa; alcohol use & drunkenness; smoking; and, miscellaneous immorality, such as theft of a tent by one protagonist results in no consequences or remorse.

Summary:

ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED is a German movie about two brothers who find peace, enlightenment and brotherly love by staying at a Buddhist monastery in Japan. ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED is a gentle comedy with some fine performances which gives viewers a revealing look at the daily life inside a Buddhist monastery, but the movie is a validation of Buddhism, a philosophy that has led too many people away from God’s truth and love.

Review:

ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED is a German movie about two brothers, Uwe and Gustav. When Uwe’s wife abruptly leaves him, he begs Gustav to take him on Gustav’s trip to Japan. Gustav is a Buddhist and plans to stay several weeks at a monastery there. After losing their hotel and lots of money in expensive Tokyo, the brothers find themselves on the streets. Eventually, a kindly expatriate German girl helps them find their way to the monastery. Uwe takes to the rigors of the Buddhist life better than the chubby, uncomfortable Gustav. This results in conflict between the two brothers, which is resolved through brotherly love and the positive effect of Buddhism on Uwe.

ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED provides an interesting, revealing look at the daily life inside a Buddhist monastery, but it does not provide much insight into Buddhist philosophy beyond a few catch-phrases. Familiarity with Buddhist concepts might add to one’s enjoyment. ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED is a gentle comedy which contains some fine performances, but the movie is a validation of Buddhism, a philosophy that has led many people away from God’s truth, goodness, justice, and love.

The movie also contains brief full nudity at a male spa and accepts homosexuality as natural. Finally, it shows Uwe stealing a tent from a store. Uwe does not pay any consequences for this immoral act.

In Brief:

ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED is a German movie about two brothers, Uwe and Gustav. When Uwe’s wife abruptly leaves him, he begs Gustav to take him on Gustav’s trip to Japan. Gustav is a Buddhist and plans to stay several weeks at a monastery there. After losing their hotel and money in expensive Tokyo, the brothers find themselves on the streets. Eventually, they find their way to the monastery. Uwe takes to the rigors of the Buddhist life better than the chubby Gustav. This results in conflict, which is resolved through brotherly love and the positive effect of Buddhism on Uwe.

ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED provides an interesting, revealing look at the daily life inside a Buddhist monastery, but it does not provide much insight into Buddhist philosophy beyond a few catch-phrases. Familiarity with Buddhist concepts might add to one’s enjoyment. ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED is a gentle comedy which contains some fine performances, but the movie is a validation of Buddhism, a philosophy that has led many people away from God’s truth, goodness, justice, and love. The movie, which contains brief full nudity at a male spa, also accepts homosexuality as natural and shows Uwe stealing a tent from a store.