Mr. Boo Meets Pom Pom
It probably seemed that teaming up the star of
one comedy series (Michael Hui) with two from another comedy series (Richard
Ng and John Sham) was a sure fire idea, but much of this film felt tired
and desperate at times. When they are left on there own, there are some
funny routines produced but there seems to be little chemistry generated
between two very different styles of comedy. Hui's tends to be subtle and
clever, while that of the Ng/Sham team is much more frantic and less sophisticated.
Another shortcoming of this film is that there
is basically no plot for these comedians to hang their routines on. What
plot does exist is truly annoying and manages to create no sympathy for
the characters. Ng and Sham are police partners and they are called into
a hostage situation. Mr. Boo is also a cop and he too shows up at the hostage
situation and they take an immediate dislike to one another - but later
when another problem is presented to Ng/Sham they turn to the scientifically
inclined Mr. Boo to help solve it.
After this they sort of become friends and when
Mr. Boo discovers that his wife is having an affair with an unctuous jeweller
(Stuart Ong), they all collaborate in trying to win her back and embarrass
Ong. And that is about all there is except for a few amusing bits (provided
primarily from Hui) along the way. Deannie Yip plays Richard Ng's wife
in the Pom Pom series.
My rating for this film: 4.5
Distributed by Universe
The transfer is very sharp and clean.
Subtitles: Chinese, Bahasa (Malaysia)
Language: Only Cantonese
There is a trailer and also previews for Pom
Pom Strikes Back, The Return of Pom Pom and The Family.