Sex and the Beauties
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Wong Jing.


Wong Jing's comedy about women falling in love starts strong but loses steam and gets pretty dull in its last half-hour. But nevertheless he manages to tell a story of twenty, thirty, and fourty-something women in a way that is a bit more entertaining than Sylvia Chang's more acclaimed 20:30:40. Carina Lau is the oldest, a psychoanalyst who ends up with a triad boss (Tony Leung) on her couch. He comes just to cry, not to talk. Athena Chu is a writer of romance novels who is completely bad at romance herself. She tries to seduce naive young stud Edison Chen, while the older radio host Hui Siu-Hung tries to woo her with his poetic language. And then there's youthful Cecilia Cheung, who sports a unibrow, bad teeth, and 80s fashion style, whose rich father wants to rehabilitate and make a proper woman. She just wants to party, and provides much of the entertainment value of the beginning of the film. Andy Hui is her bodyguard and potential love interest. There are still other women and relationships crammed into the movie, too, but the story sort of drifts away from them. Entertaining for an hour, but the all-star cast wear out their welcome by the end.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on December 28, 2004.


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