Driving Miss Wealthy
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by James Yuen.

Lau Ching-Wan is an out of work, former police officer lands a job as the security guard/driver for Jennifer (Gigi Leung), the rich, spoiled daughter of a wealthy businessman. He poses as a Filipino named Mario and has to follow her around as she spends money like water and gets taken advantage of by all her friends. Finally her father concocts an elaborate scheme to make her become a responsible person by forcing her into poverty. Poverty in DRIVING MISS WEALTHY means living in a neighborhood in which everyone they meet is played by Jim Chim, a stage comedian recently working his way into film (in this instance, without much of his humor intact). That's not to say DRIVING MISS WEALTHY isn't funny at all, there are a few good laughs to be had courtesy of Lau Ching-Wan. Though the film largely follows the typical Romantic Comedy script -- cute quirky girl; deadpan, steadfast guy; facing adversity together and having moments of triumph together -- it sorely lacks in the Romantic side of things, and seems more of a Best-Buddy Comedy. The only element that really stands out in this production is that it concerns itself, just a little bit, with the Filipino servant community in Hong Kong. A couple scenes take place in the plazas of Central on a Sunday, where hoards of Filipino maids descend to spend the afternoon.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 11, 2005.

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