| The Irresistible Piggies (2002)
Director: Lo Kim Wah
Lin, Karen Mok, Michele Reis, Shooky Kwan
A refreshingly silly nonsense comedy, filled with
jokes, funny ideas, and visual gags.
Four women working at the same company are termed
"the pork chops" because they are not physically attractive. After a
female executive schemes to have them laid off, the "pork chops" exact
Anarchy and bright-hearted fun rules the day.
Instead of focusing on one body part as the target of derision, each of
the "pork chops" has a different physical defect, and each has a measure
of (fragile) self-confidence despite the hurtful insults they must
endure. The male characters also have "defects," which tends to balance
things out. The variety of defects on display gives the viewer a rooting
interest in different characters.
The story moves along at a gallop, rarely slowing
down as one comic situation after another is played out. All kinds of
humor is thrown into the mix, including visual gags aplenty, wordplay, a
horror film parody, etc. Not all the nonsense works -- some is downright
cruel and other bits may be offensive -- but overall it makes for an
enjoyable stew. Good comic work from the entire ensemble certainly
Producer Wong Jing was also credited with the
script, which sometimes seems like it was made up as the film was made.
Comedies are extremely subjective to one's individual sense of humor, of
course. What we found funny, you may not. Still, it's hard to go wrong
here -- as long as you check your brain at the door.
List Price: US $20.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
"Some Content May Be Inappropriate For
Children" (roughly equal to an MPPA rating of
"PG-13") Films rated Category IIA may contain
mild violence such as martial arts, mild nudity that is
not sexually oriented, mild explicit language and some
mild adult situations.