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Adam and Rafaat are room-mates studying in a prestigious University in Singapore. Adam an Asean scholar is a Chinese Malaysian over achiever and Rafaat is a Malay Singaporean who's an IT ... See full summary »

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Adam and Rafaat are room-mates studying in a prestigious University in Singapore. Adam an Asean scholar is a Chinese Malaysian over achiever and Rafaat is a Malay Singaporean who's an IT genius. On the surface you see them being on opposites sides of the spectrum but in reality, the more different we are, the more similar we tend to be. They represent the nexus of unity, tolerance and acceptance between races and are most evident in their friendship. During their studies, they are both required to volunteer for a social program during their term holidays and they decide to be volunteer workers for an orphanage in Malaysia. Then off they go to the east coast of Malaysia where they meet Mak Engku, the caring and lovely matron of the Orphanage. They meet Afiq, one of the most rambunctious orphan whose sense of adventure and zest for life gives them a new appreciation for living. While there, they also meet other orphans and see that despite hardships and difficulties, they realize the ... Written by Anonymous

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Colourful But Definitely Rough Around The Edges
22 October 2010 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

CRAYON seems to be aimed partly at young children and partly at adolescents. This indecisiveness over its target audience can only spell trouble in terms of tone and box-office appeal as no teenager wants to be caught dead at a kiddie flick. For those eager for a slice of Malaysiana, however, there are some funny moments, courtesy of the bubbly Adibah Noor, one of Malaysia's top comedienne.

The movie is about room-mates Adam (Hon Kahoe) and Rafaat (Ariff Faisal Abdullah) who are students at a university in Singapore. Adam, a Chinese from Malaysia, is a high-achiever, while Rafaat, a Singaporean Malay, is the typical computer nerd. As part of their course syllabus, they are required to volunteer for a social programme during their term holidays. The duo decide to be volunteer workers at an orphanage in the East Coast of peninsular Malaysia.

At the orphanage, they meet its kindly and jovial matron Mak Engku (Adibah Noor) and her multi-racial charges including the playful and lovable Afiq (Joshry Adamme). However, as they try their utmost to improve conditions at the home, certain forces are at work to destroy all that they and Mak Engku had worked for...

When the movie opens, Adam and Rafaat are duly introduced as typical 'spoilt brats' who think that the rural areas of Malaysia are without water and electricity - and that toilets are located outside the main building. First-time director Dean A. Burhanuddin (who also wrote the script) manages to wring a few jokes out of this popular misconception. The real fun starts when we meet Mak Engku, the home's owner and caregiver whose effervescent personality and zest for life hides her weakness at financial management. Adibah Noor is in her element at a role she can play in her sleep.

Not so for the other leads though. Hon and Faisal strain to portray their college-buddy rapport and only manage to look convincing towards the end of the movie. Joshry is cute and sometimes steals the scene. The most juvenile - and annoying - performances come from two adults who play bouncers trying to get Mak Engku to sell her home. The cry-baby act by one of them can only be funny to kids under five and we wonder why director Dean sees it fit to repeat the 'gag'.

Another sequence that seems to have been written for the under-fives is the concert segment where the kids sing the kindergarten number "Ibu, ibu, engkau-lah ratu hatiku". A livelier choice of song (and dance) would have helped to give more meaning to the fund-raising concert aimed at lightening the pockets of the villagers. Also, the plot about corporate greed is clichéd, tired and rather predictable but the movie closes well enough, with its message of hope and charity ringing clearly.


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