The German-Jewish comedy Go For Zucker doesn’t know when to stop the obvious yuks and get smart. The same could be said of its caddish title character, Jaeckie Zucker, whose debt-solving entrance into a high-stakes billiards tournament is mucked up by the death of his mother and arrival of his estranged Orthodox brother, Samuel. Director Dani Levy chooses not to mine the potentially rich psychology of this most dysfunctional family; instead, inane high jinks ensue immediately, collapsing like an accordion. To wit: Jaeckie feigns heart attacks so he can sneak away from shivah to shoot pool; straight-arrow Samuel mistakes Ecstasy for aspirin, resulting in a satisfying massage from a Palestinian hooker; two sets of cousins admit to incest; the two brothers bicker over inheritance and the importance of keeping kosher. Jaeckie’s boorishness is meant to be roguishly endearing, but, when he exclaims, “We’re the migraine of our era!” the truth could not be better said.
Opens January 20 at Landmark Sunshine