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Director: Boris Boo
Cast: Gurmit Singh, Irene Ang, Neo Swee Lin, Henry Thia, Lim Kay Siu
RunTime: 1 hr 39 mins
Released By: GV & Scorpio East Pictures
Rating: PG
Official Website: http://www.pckthemovie.com/

Opening Day: 12 Aug 2010


Phua Chu Kang is back and kicking into the big screens! The movie depicts how Phua Chu Kang has been making a mark for himself in Malaysia. Ah Ma came to visit but went missing in an instant. Phua Chu Kang eventually tracks her down in an old folks home and accidentally got himself a renovation job. All comes to a screeching halt when he discovers the real reason behind Ah Ma¡'s strange insistence to help some old folks at the home who are dropping dead one by one.

Movie Review:

It's still pretty amazing how a caricature amongst a group of caricatures from Gurmit's World can gain enough popularity to warrant his own television series in a prime time slot, then proceed to become iconic enough with his Singlish catchphrases to feature in an American reality television episode, and now making a quantum leap to the silver screen. How times have grown for Phua Chu Kang, and Gurmit Singh of course, propelling him to stardom unimaginable when he first started out.

While PCK Pte Ltd had disappeared from our local screens, the best in Singapore, JB and some say Batam had found a new lease of life up north in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, spreading his wings to set up PCK Sdn Bhd and surprise, has been tickling the funny bones of our friends up north, to some success as well. Naturally the feature film sees no less than four Malaysian companies involved in its production having bought into its potential, and continuing the trend in most of the commercial films released in Singapore this year, it seems these co-productions are the way to go for access to a larger audience.

Directed by Boris Boo, who last had a joint stint with Jack Neo in the horror comedy Where Got Ghost?, I am starting to detect a continued Jack Neo-ish style permeating through to local films which are trying hard to fill the gap left behind by Jack, by subconsciously employing similar styles after what would arguably be Singapore's most successful contemporary director in terms of box office receipts. Things like little skits being jointed together to form a feature film, the injection of multiple languages not just to highlight our rich cultural diversity, but rather Hokkien as a language of choice. After all, PCK is a Chinese Ah-Beng contractor who should be comfortable in using his lingua franca, especially since rules for Television broadcast here have set strict guidelines on language grammar.

And not to forget the many blatant product placement which feature prominently in the film at multiple points, with some being part of the backdrop, while others, like a paint company, enjoying a totally needless, unfunny scene being crafted around its shop, and mentioned in what would be pro-product dialogue. This naturally makes it very jarring to watch, since you're unsure if you're watching a commercial, or that SM Ong, the writer of the story, has something serious to say about the products featured.

And like a typical Neo fashioned comedy, there will be characters, scenes and situations which are reflective of the latest hot topics in town, here drawing upon the charity donations saga about misused funds, of filial piety and about the younger generation's attitude toward the aged, money-draining charity shows, and corrupt head honchos who are fuzzy and warm on the outside, but utterly dirty and scheming on the inside.

But you still have to give the story and scriptwriters credit in getting creative with the setting, because having to relocate to KL, and setting the entire film there, means the narrative can do away with PCK's brother Phua Chu Beng, his wife Margaret, and the kids, putting focus instead on Chu Kang (Gurmit Singh) and his vain wife Rosie (Irene Ang), both of whom are really comfortable in their roles like hand in glove, bringing back familiar faces like Ah Ma (Neo Swee Lin) and PCK arch-rival Frankie Foo (Lim Kay Siu). Henry Thia's filmography has grown this year, and now adds PCK under his belt with his portrayal of Lim Lau Pek, the slimy CEO of Siao Soon old folks home who has the hots for Rosie (don't ask).

The star of the show, in my opinion, happens to be Gurmit Singh's dual role as PCK's grandfather, with a full backstory crafted out that allows for some hamming it up in period costumes, plus a number of scenes that stood out in comical fashion thanks to the character's presence, which provided much needed, genuine humour (forgive me for laughing at the aged) amongst many others which just fell flat. PCK The Movie also tries to employ certain jokes reminiscent of Hong Kong mo-lei-tau comedies, but these stem from desperation in mimicry which didn't work, only serving to draw attention to itself rather than to make you laugh, akin to listening to popular jokes which are told so often, it's no longer funny.

I'm still skeptical about whether our local English television series can make that successful feature film jump, if the storyline continue to be an extension of what you get on television. The pacing does sputter in the beginning before finding its feet midway after getting rid of needless supporting character subplots like King Kong (Charlie Tan) and his romance with Lim's assistant manager Angel (Angie Seow) in order to focus on the tripartite challenge set by Lim for PCK and Frankie, and a rushed plot involving old folks getting bumped off as an outcome of stuffing coffers. In short, this film is only suitable for kids as it played out in juvenile fashion appealing only to that targeted demographic.

Movie Rating:

(You really can't use your brain to enjoy this play play movie)

Review by Stefan Shih


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