Phileine Zegt Sorry (2003) from Tuna

This is a Dutch romantic comedy staring Kim van Kooten. Based on a popular novel full of one-liners, the concept is "dating woes from the female viewpoint." Phileine is tired of losing boyfriends, who invariably say they are sorry when they leave. In fact, she and her two best friends have come to despise the word "sorry." Her latest boyfriend announces that he is going to New York for a year to study Shakespeare. After pretending not to care, she follows him, and finds him living in a flat with several eccentric people. Worst of all, he is cast in the lead of a pornographic production of Romeo and Juliet opposite sexy Leona Philippo. When Phileine sneaks in to a rehearsal and sees that the show includes actual sex, she is decidedly not amused.

The film is full of fourth wall violations, with Phileine making comments to the audience, and her banter in Dutch and English is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Your mileage may vary, but I thoroughly enjoyed this comedy. It won numerous awards for van Kooten's performance, which was excellent, and for cinematography, which includes an impressive sex scene on a revolving bed in a hotel room where it is pouring rain inside the room.

Interestingly, it is rated "12 and older" due to "pervasive language, nudity and sex." Man, it's good to be a 12 year old boy in The Netherlands!  If you dislike subtitles or 4th wall violations, by all means skip it. Otherwise, it is well worth a rental for all fans of romantic comedies, and of course for all twelve-year-old Dutch boys.



  • It is in Dutch and English with subtitles, and the Region 2 DVD includes a second disk of special features.



Kim van Kooten and Leona Phillippo show breasts and buns.

Some very old people of both sexes show way too much (everything) in a comic scene.

The Critics Vote ...

  • No English-language reviews online


The People Vote ...

  • IMDB summary. IMDb readers say 6.2, but with a 7.3 from US voters.
  • It grossed between two and three million dollars in The Netherlands.
The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

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  • E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre.
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Based on this description, this film is a C+, excellent foreign-language romantic comedy

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