Love Amoeba Style
Ah, the complications of young love and friendships.
The producer Joe Ma has mined this territory a few times in such films
as L- OV-E Love, Feel 100%, Over the Rainbow and others and is quite adept
at putting together a group of young attractive characters with good chemistry.
Here the story focuses around a household of
three males and a female. All have been friends for years. There is Julian
Cheung who has a harridan for a girlfriend. She calls him up every morning
to make sure he is wearing the appropriate clothes. As his friends keep
telling him dump her! but he sort of likes being mothered. Andy Hui
is a shoe salesman and a lover what would Al Bundy think of that! The
third guy is Eric Kot who does his typical nerdy character, but in a more
sedate manner than usual and he is quite endearing for a change. Over these
three Amanda Lee is the den mother.
All end up losing their jobs at the same time
and decide to buy a bar. I should go into this business. No one seems to
work too hard and they take off whenever the mood strikes them. Some love
complications enter their lives. Andy meets Hsu Chi who is like a Taiwanese
breeze blowing through town and he wants to give up his playboy ways. Julian
bumps into Annie Wu who shares his passion for movies and the "Chinese
Hero" comic book, but he still feels something for the anchor around his
neck. Eric gets a blind date over the Internet. The scene of their meeting
is very sweet.
In fact this film is fairly sweet. It is full
of the sort of situations that enter all of our lives. There is no great
drama here. The charm of the film is that the characters all feel very
real and their interplay with one another is very natural and enjoyable.
My favorite scene besides the blind date is when
Andy is between the sheets with Hsu and in her passion she calls out not
just one other name, but a whole litany of ex-lovers. So he decides to
play that game as well and starts calling out every name he can think of
ending with Tung Chee Hwa, the President of HK!
My rating for this film: 6.5