My Dad is a Jerk

This sweet – but not saccharine – film is very predictable for the most part – like putting on a pair of old shoes - but that doesn’t stop it from being an enjoyable stop to make. It’s not all that funny or all that dramatic - just an enjoyable slice of life about a few people and a few meaningful weeks in their lives. The acting from everyone is very natural and believable.

Lau Ching-Wan is a man who has never really grown up. At heart he is still a kid. His nickname is “Sloping Shoulders” because he shrugs off all responsibility. He is a parking attendant at a Karaoke and one evening his past touches him on those sloping shoulder. His ex-wife Cecilia Yip who has immigrated to Canada comes back to HK to ask him to take care of their 10-year old son for two weeks. LCW hasn’t seen him for years and initially can’t even remember his name, but agrees to look after him. Cecilia Yip is only in a few scenes – but she is absolutely terrific and looks great.

The rest of the film is simply about the relationship that develops between Dad and son and the coming of age of LCW. Hsu Chi is his “girlfriend” who drops in from time to time, but can’t get any sign of commitment from LCW. Their relationship also takes on new depth in the ensuing weeks. When I thought the film was nearly at an end, the director throws an unnecessary melodramatic curve ball at us, but the film still works for the most part. I don’t care what people may say about her acting ability, Hsu Chi is a pleasure to watch in this film. She is just so natural – just watch her carefully – she is always doing something interesting with her body movement or face. You always get the feeling that she just loves doing the work she does.

My rating for this film: 6.5