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  Publicity Stills of "Just Follow Law"
(Courtesy from GV)

Genre: Comedy
Director: Jack Neo
Cast: Fann Wong, Gurmit Singh, Lina Ng, Brandon Wong, Suhaimi Yusof, Samuel Chong
Special Appearances: Henry Thia, Hossan Leong, Selena Tan, Lim Kay Siu, Neo Swee Lin
RunTime: 1 hr 51 mins
Released By: GV & Innoform Media
Rating: PG
Official Website: http://www.justfollowlaw.com.sg

Opening Day: 15 Feb 2007


Synopsis :

This is a satirical movie that humorously explores the intricacies of office politics, seen through the eyes of blue-collar worker Shui and Vice President Tanya who, through a freak accident, swap souls and bodies. They each experience life in the shoes of the other and come to a better understanding of the plights and challenges facing the workforce in Singapore.

Movie Review:

In Jack Neo’s latest escapade, this blockbuster neither fails nor succeeds, but resembles an effort more worthy of a Channel 8 tele-movie.

The whole concept sounded very promising indeed. In his previous films, the struggles and angst of the common folk are subtly captured. This proved to be a hit with the masses. Though, Just Follow Law will undoubtedly gain similar successful box office takings, it just does not compare with Jack Neo’s earlier works. The film here glosses over its main points with little focus, as the writers attempt to squeeze in as many issues, giving superficial treatment to the satire.

At many instances, lessons not learnt from his previous films crop up – like slow moving and superfluous music videos, which detract from the storyline and were rather annoying.

With that being said, the film is still generally well made (save for some really silly and cheap CG effects) and easy and enjoyable to sit through.

There is some good acting in this film. Fann Wong, after much criticism regarding her English, has shown much improvement and show s herself to be a natural in front of the camera. She blooms as the vulgar ah beng technician, arguably her best role yet. Gurmit Singh is his usual comic self, though I found his mannerisms verging more on the stereotyped ‘effeminate’ gay male side, rather than a woman trapped in a man’s body.

The film itself is littered with mostly forgettable supporting roles, apart from some, which were brilliant and humourous. These well-written minor roles, supported by wonderful and down to earth acting, such as the endearing Lao Char Bo (Tanya’s Mother) and the Indian Security Guard prove that director Jack Neo still is the master of the characterisation and caricature.

Overall, a good 'Chinese New Year' piece for the family, but expect no awards. Jack Neo may be a good social commentator but still has a long way to go because he can become an accomplished director.

Movie Rating:

(Ok but not great)

Review by Darren Sim


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