Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Merry Christmas (1984)

This light hearted comedy is very entertaining, and very funny. This film is about a father with three children, two boys and a girl, and how the kids help him find love. The girl is played by Loletta Lee in an early role and you can already see her blossoming into a beauty. Karl Maka plays the father and he is just all over the place. The older son tries to help his dad by giving him advice, but sometimes the star of the show is the two year old Junior. His expressions, his little mannerisms are all funny. He gets some of the best laughs. There is, thankfully, Paula Tsui, who plays, literally, the lady next door Paula, whom the father's kids are trying to fix him up with. I don't know why he didn't try before, she's cute and sweet, but this is a comedy so these things have to play by their own rules. This comedy works because it doesn't lose focus. There are funny pranks, lots of running around, lots of shouting and, when you need it, a little warmth.

Language: Cantonese
Subtitle: English

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