Happy Family
Hong Kong 2002
Directed by Herman Yau.

Hot off a string of energetic and exciting films (FROM THE QUEEN..., NIGHTMARE IN PRECINCT 7, KILLING END), Herman Yau switches over to romantic comedy with less than admirable results. Nick Cheung stars as a successful businessman who is unlucky in love. His father, played by Kenny B, was such a ladies man in his day that he has to have background checks done on all of his son's girlfriends to make sure they aren't his daughter in some way. When Cheung hires a new secretary, played by Candy Lo, they quickly fall in love. Revelations, confrontations, accusations, and confessions ensue. Unfortunately, the comedy falls flat. Movies like this are made or broken by the chemistry between the two lovers, and it is so completely absent here I kept wondering if they were each acting against a blue screen in seperate rooms and put together in editing. Almen Wong is wasted in a throwaway part as the father's biographer, Tats Lau has a bit better role as Cheungs office confidant, and even Herman Yau himself shows up for a cameo, but none of it adds up to more than a mild diversion.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on June 28, 2004.

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