| Comedy, Drama, Family
Maria, the mother of television presenter Lisa Wartberg, has an accident with memory loss. All she can remember is that she has never been to New York. Without further ado, the elderly woman smuggles herself aboard a cruise ship.
Several plot elements from the original musical are changed for the movie. E.g. Lisa is not about to get fired in the original musical production and was not able to attend an award show. Furthermore Maria didn't lose her memory and knew Otto already in her elderly home and didn't met him on the ship first, as in the movie.
At several points in the movie, the position of the sun and moon are inconsistent with the ship's west-bound course from Hambourg to New York, with the sunrise appearing in front of the ship, for example.
Before the final credits you can see the words "Merci, Udo" displayed over the postcards on the wall