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LOVE MATTERS

LOVE MATTERS

"Love Matters" is a movie revolving around three main protagonists - 52-year-old Tan Bo Seng, his 17-year-old teenage son Benny and 36-year-old Jeremy, Bo Seng's 'adopted' brother - and their accidental journey in seeking and keeping love and happiness. Bo Seng (Henry Thia) who leads a routine life attempts to revive the passion with his wife Jia Li (Yeo Yann Yann). Jeremy (Jack Lim) lives a colourful life; with "Never to commit" as his motto for love. Benny (Alex Leong) has just started school life and his only distraction is his crush, Jennifer (Natalli) who is his classmate's girlfriend.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: English / Malay
Classification: 18PL
General Release Date: 26 Feb 2009
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 57 Minutes
Distributor: GRAND BRILLIANCE
Cast: Henry Thia, Jack Lim, Yeo Yann Yann, Alex Leong
Director: Jack Neo
Format: NA


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Review
Writer: Lai Swee Wei

Writer Ratings:
Overall: 2.5 Out of 5
Cast: 3.0 Out of 5
Plot: 3.0 Out of 5
Effects: 0.0 Out of 5
Cinematography: 2.5 Out of 5

Watch this if you liked: "Money No Enough" films

In this latest Jack Neo film, you're once again asked to listen in on some life lesson, just like his previous two "Money No Enough" films. This time around, the lesson is not to take other people's love for you for granted. The film touches on a few societal issues like sex, puppy love, adultery and playboys.

There are three different love relationships portrayed in this movie. However, the main focus here or the relationship that stands out the most is the marriage between Bo Seng (Henry Thia) and Jia Lee (Yeo Yann Yann), who are unable to satisfy each other's personal needs. One is all for affection, while the other is more towards sexual fulfilment, thinking that no sex equals no love. It's a no brainer as to whose needs are whose.

The moral of the story is something everyone can relate to, be reminded of and learn from. We learn the point of the story from the various situations that the characters go through, from the common issues couples may have (like erectile dysfunction), to the age-old commitment problem and the bad consequences of acting irrationally.

Thumbs up for Henry Thia, Yeo Yann Yann, Jack Lim and Lai Meng as they stood out the best, giving life and spunk to their characters. However, the younger actors like Cheryl Lee and Alex Leong looked stiff and dull. The inescapable Mark Lee made a special appearance as a male prostitute (acting gay again) and injected some excellent comedy although it was only for a short while. Watching him repeat the word "Madam" was hilarious!

There was plenty of awkward drama in the second half of the film, which was uncalled for and got too draggy. It just needed to be edited to relieve the audience of what felt like an endless flow of unnecessary scenes. Overall, it's worth a watch especially for all the married couples out there.

Cinema Online, 23 February 2009

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