Stills of "Rob-B-Hood"
Courtesy of Shaw/JCE Movies
Comedy/Action Director: Benny Chan Starring: Jackie Chan, Michael Hui, Louis
Koo, Charlene Choi, Chen Baoguo, Gao Yuanyuan, Yuen Biao,
Teresa Carpio, Ken Low, Hiro, Terrence Yin, Conroy Chan, Andrew
Lin, Cherie Ying, Ken Wong, and introducing Matthew as The
Baby RunTime: 2 hrs 14 mins Released By: Shaw Rating: PG Official website:http://rob-b-hood.jce.com.hk/main.html
Opening Day: 29 Sept 2006
For ne'er-do-well compulsive gambler Slipper (Jackie Chan),
there's only one thing more fearsome than debtors at his doorstep
- having to coax a crying baby. But what if the baby becomes
his golden goose to fend off his debtors? Can he overcome
his phobia of diapers, milk bottles, and cloying lullabies?
Brought up in an impoverished family and kicked out of school
in his teens, Slipper found himself on the wrong side of the
tracks despite being nimble-footed and neat-fingered. Spurned
by his family and hounded by debtors, he is goaded by his
greedy landlord (Michael Hui) to collaborate in harebrained
heists. Together with the agile and opportunistic Octopus
(Louis Koo), the trio kidnaps BB, the grandson of a tycoon.
However, due to some unexpected glitches, they fail to hand
him over to the triad as planned.
With the assistance of an angelic nurse Melody (Gao Yuanyuan),
the landlord's baby-crazy wife (Teresa Carpio) and Octopus'
teenage fan Pak Yin (Charlene Choi), the macho men discover
the joys of Rob-B-Hood. When they realize that the triad is
after both the ransom and BB's life, they decide to make their
hostage their protégée. Cornered by cops and
threatened by ferocious gangsters, this trio of incorrigible
merry men embarks on a hair-raisingly dangerous and deliriously
funny escapade to put BB safely back in his cradle.
The other day, two female colleagues were enthusiastically
trying to convince this reviewer that women always put their
children before them in whatever they do. Men, on the other
hand, are hopelessly self-centered when it comes to such matters.
At least, this is what they believed.
are willing to put their cynicism aside and watch this flick
headlined by the macho Jackie Chan, there may be a slight
possibility that these two ladies will change their mindsets
of the movie can be summarized in these few words: three men
and a baby. The motley crew includes the very manly Chan (who
plays a gambling addict), the very well-toned Louis Koo (who
plays a suave playboy) and the very loser-ish Michael Hui
(who heads the trio). The three men find themselves in a fix
when they kidnap a baby, in hope of earning some big bucks.
ingredient that has been present in previous Jackie Chan movie
is in place here. This familiar formula ensures that audiences
will be flocking to the theatres to create some really healthy
are the usual wholesome comedy segments to please viewers
of any age. There are the usual unimportant female roles which
no one really cares about. There are the usual big names (Nicholas
Tse, Daniel Wu et al) who pop up in cameo roles. There are
the usual “NG” scenes when end credits roll.
there is even the usual movie theme song sung by, why are
we not surprised - Chan himself.
the package is only complete when there are the usual impressively-choreographed
fight sequences. But come on, with a plot like that, what
kind of fighting scenes would you expect? And you would not
be the only one to feel that this movie does not boast of
particularly exciting action scenes that will keep you at
the edge of your seat. Let’s all give Chan a break:
the man is already 52 years old after all.
be fair, there are a few engagingly funny scenes, like the
one where the trio is in a mad rush on the highway (ala Initial
D) to deliver the baby to the villain. Believe us, it is genuinely
funny and got us laughing out loud.
And director Benny Chan (in his least action-packed work after
2005’s Divergence and 2004’s New Police Story)
sure knows how to make audiences go “awww…”
by having countless adorable shots of the baby in this 134-minute
movie. Surprisingly, the movie doesn’t feel that long,
probably because of the many amusing tactics pulled by the
trick, because you’d be distracted by how formulated
the story is. But thanks to the cast’s agreeable performances,
you may still find yourself rooting for the characters. Especially
in Chan’s last emotional scene with the baby, because
there is so much love to spread around, you’d be immersed
in some potentially tear-jerking mood.
that’s why I am convinced men can take care of toddlers
as well as women.
case, gender issues aside, this is definitely a better movie
than Chan’s embarrassing 2005 outing that is called
we are sure both men and women can agree upon.
(The movie may be nothing too refreshing, but the
baby does provide some charming moments)