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Hibiscus & Ruthless (2018)

"No Going Out and No Boyfriends" - Hibiscus' obedience towards her Mum's rules is put to the test in her final year of University. As guys start to impress Hibiscus, she asks her childhood friend Ruth, to help keep her focused.
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Suivai Autagavaia Suivai Autagavaia ... Hibiscus
Anna-Maree Thomas ... Ruth
Lafitaga Mafaufau Lafitaga Mafaufau ... Mum (Salamasina)
Yvonne Maea-Brown Yvonne Maea-Brown ... Grandma
Thierry Martel Thierry Martel ... Anthony
Haanz Fa'avae-Jackson Haanz Fa'avae-Jackson ... Stephen Kalahi
Daya Tumua-Sao-Mafiti Daya Tumua-Sao-Mafiti ... Charlie
Peachez Vetenibua Peachez Vetenibua ... Hibiscus Jnr
Rosie Moore Rosie Moore ... Ruth Jnr
Lydia Peckham Lydia Peckham ... Cassie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ajayshri Ajayshri ... University Lecturer (as Ajay Vasisht)
Telesia Alualu Telesia Alualu ... Aunty
Trev Ball Trev Ball ... Restaurant Boss
Emele Junior Emele Emele Junior Emele ... Student 1 - Careers Evening
Joyana Finch Joyana Finch ... Susana
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"No Going Out and No Boyfriends" - Hibiscus' obedience towards her Mum's rules is put to the test in her final year of University. As guys start to impress Hibiscus, she asks her childhood friend Ruth, to help keep her focused.

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No Boyfriend. No Going Out. No Problem?

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content | See all certifications »
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New Zealand

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English | Samoan

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25 January 2018 (New Zealand) See more »

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Auckland, New Zealand

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M2S1 Film See more »
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Light-hearted and Passably Enjoyable
8 December 2018 | by theredhairedcrowSee all my reviews

"Hibiscus & Ruthless" will be no Academy Award nominee, it's true. It understandably is full of Kiwi & Pacific Islander humor and accents, which can often be quite dry and tongue-in-cheek. Sometimes this comes over as "wooden" to Americans, though outstanding actor and director Taika Waititi is known for similar one-liners, in his still upwardly mobile distinquished career.

Hibiscus, one of the main characters, her family, and most supporting characters are indigenous Pacific Islanders, and this is basically a "slice of life" story about her and a young female friend who have very different personalities, growing into young womanhood. There's the contrast between Hibicus's mother's strict traditional rules and a good and dutiful daughter who naturally just wants to have some fun, too. There's a good bit of comedy, some romance, and a few interesting scenes featuring Islander life, colorful dances and performances. I rated it a 6 for those particular elements.

It's not a waste of time by any means. It's light-hearted, passably enjoyable if you're not looking for Twilight level angst and drama, superheroes or guns blazing. Spamming 1 star reviews, boosting/reducing and copy/pasting comments of "this is a dumb and forgettable" film is unfortunately widespread these days, and they should be taken with a grain of salt.


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