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I watched this based on an enthusiastic review on the internet. I'm not sure what film the reviewer saw since it was no way as wild as he claimed. What you get is a mostly medium high school comedy with some wacky off the wall stuff. Similar to Stephen Chow's films of the same time but less weird.
The story follows the travails of a modest high school student as he falls for the principle's gorgeous grand-daughter who is dating the assistant principle's son who both go to the school. Along side him is his best friend, a tom boy girl plus his much younger brother. They uncover a treacherous plot and must find a way to save the day. The film is pleasant and watchable without the aggressive craziness of other Hong Kong films. Well, I might have to take that back. There is a scene where the Street Fighter video game comes to life in the younger brother's imagination. I also didn't know that high school students were allowed to tend bar and drink in Hong Kong.
Aside from a couple of jaw-dropping car stunts, well they weren't really stunts it's just cars being flung thru the air, the spotlight is on the two kids in the film. The kid playing the younger brother is natural born comedian. His timing is out of whack with the film but he's lots of fun to watch. The other kid playing the Shaolin monk is really good also. He does stunts that adults would find difficult.
Is this a warning? Yes. the film is very cute. It's not great film making at all but I've seen much worse.
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