Shen yong shuang mei mai (1989)
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- Double Causes Trouble
- 93 min.
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Doubles Cause Troubles is a very silly comedy starring Maggie Cheung and Carol Cheng as cousins who hate each other, yet are so in sync they could be twins, forced to live together in their grandma's flat as part of the stipulations of her will. After that sitcom formula is established, they meet a number of gangster types, one of them dying in their living room, and set off after a MacGuffin, get into some action but not too much, in between often bizarre hijinks set to plonky comedy music. It's not unusual for Chinese comedies to be pretty broad, but usually, they're redeemed by some other element (action, strangeness, etc.). Not sure that happens here, though one might mention that it features a female thug and a female police inspector, which you rarely see. Still, the girls, obnoxious as they are, did grow on me by the end. So I did find it enjoyable, I just can't recommend it. Regardless, that final homophobic joke has to go.
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