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Take Home Pay (2019)

Two brothers; Alama and Popo, arrive for the first time in NZ as Seasonal Workers, making plenty of money to take back home to their family in Samoa. But things take a turn for the worst ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tofiga Fepulea'i ... Bob Titilo
Vito Vito ... Alama
Ronnie Taulafo ... Popo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cindy of Samoa Cindy of Samoa
Simon Clark Simon Clark ... Tony Green
Luci Hare Luci Hare
Yvonne Maea-Brown ... Malia
James Maeva James Maeva
Tim Waikiki Mitipelo Tim Waikiki Mitipelo
Lydia Peckham
David Tua David Tua ... Himself
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Storyline

Two brothers; Alama and Popo, arrive for the first time in NZ as Seasonal Workers, making plenty of money to take back home to their family in Samoa. But things take a turn for the worst when Popo steals Alamas' money and runs away. Alama is determined not to return home empty handed, but the only relative that answers his call for help is Bob Titilo; an aspiring private investigator in his 40s. Alama begins to doubt his decision when Bob's unconventional methods take them on a wild goose chase. This New Action Comedy is brought to you by the Makers of hit Comedies; Three Wise Cousins and Hibiscus and Ruthless.

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Taglines:

Don't go home empty-handed.

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements and mild violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Take Home Pay See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$648,530
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Cadness Street See more »
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Color:

Color
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Milk and Honey
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Worth the time
18 January 2020 | by kdavison-508-650962See all my reviews

If you want to watch a film with the intent of being a film critic you can spout pretentious negative comments about just about anything. When the credits roll, the only question asked should be "Was that entertaining?". If you laughed, cried, or thought about something more deeply then the film delivered. This is not Citizen Kane but how many of us are always in the mood for a movie like Citizen Kane?

This movie is obviously a regional, indie-style film intended to give the folks of Samoa something to be proud of. It's lighthearted, incredibly optimistic and quite funny. As a Canadian with pretty much no knowledge of the islands I was very surprised to find myself quickly interested in the film and delighted to be laughing so frequently. Tofiga Fepulea'i will have you giggling throughout at his sheer absurdity. If you're one of those folks who Googles while you watch you'll find yourself looking up a number of obvious cameos just to feel like you've done them credit. Is this an international classic? Nope. Was it intended to be? Definitely not. The idea was to expose you to a culture you might know little about and make you laugh. It certainly did both for me.


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