Review by: Andrew Chan (Neo) FCCA
Typical Wong Jing – cheap, sleazy, commercial and hilariously bad…
Perhaps, I already expected it to turn out like this. It is interesting to witness how two directors can churn out two very difference movie with a similar premise. Where Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Men Suddenly in Black (2003)” was a smart black comedy, “Men Suddenly in Love” ruins all pretention and delivers a cheap thrills production. After all, it is a film created by Wong Jing and therefore, expecting quality is like expecting to find gold within a pile of poo. However, that’s not to say the film does not delivers cheap fun, but like all Wong Jing’s movie – it sells. The poster shows hot sexy chicks in bikini and five horny male stars. If it shows one thing that is true, it must be that Wong Jing knows the market. The effect on the audience is similar to buying an extremely well advertised product, only to falters when using it at home.
Despite having both Eric Tsang and Chapman To (both starred in the far superior “Men Suddenly in Black” series), the film falters, as it fails to expose more of what we wanted. Christie Chau is wasted in such a small role that exposed nothing. Likewise, there is too little focus on the actually “cheating” event or the bed sequences to make this a truly sleazy production. If Wong Jing wants success, he needs to go to the extreme. Not advertise something and never follow through. The Hong Kong market nowadays is increasingly difficult to crack, therefore, for the audience to be willing to buy the price of the ticket, it needs to offer far more than what was delivered.
All in all, “Men Suddenly in Love” is not an outright bad film, but that’s only because it is barely watchable. It is watchable because, with Wong Jing, the audience have already come to an extreme low expectation. Having grown up alongside Wong Jing’s antics from the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, we have all realise what to expect from a Jing Production. Therefore, if one goes into this movie with lower standards, one might actually end up smiling. While I did have a few cheap laughs and will probably watch whatever films that comes out of the commerical Jing factory. Sometimes, you just wonder if Jing really liked cinema, or does he just plainly wanted to make more money. A bad movie, but somewhat watchable…(Neo 2011)
I rate it 4.5/10