Love on a Diet
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Johnnie To.


When Eddie Murphy put on a fat suit for THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, he was striking a chord with American audiences everywhere, for whom extreme obesity is a well understood part of society. The scenes he did playing all the roles in a large family were so funny, and so true, they necessitated the sequel. Unnecessary, however, is LOVE ON A DIET. Aside from putting on fat suits, stars Sammi Cheng and Andy Lau have no comprehension of what it means to be really fat, nor for that matter does Chinese or Japanese (the movie takes place in Japan) culture as a whole. There is not a single scene in the movie where they are not stuffing their faces, as if filmmakers thought that was the only way someone could be so large. Despite the considerable charm of the leads, and the occasional sweet moment, this film is mostly just sad. The cop-out ending pretty much puts the last nail in this oversized coffin.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 13, 2004.


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