美麗密令
Beauty on Duty! (2010)


Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 07/13/2010
Summary: we grew up drinking the same milk, we're like sisters...

fang (charlene choi) becomes a policewoman so she can work with her dad (hui siu-hung), who'd rather she kept a low profile and married a rich man so he could retire. after teaming up with donnie (fan siu-wong); fang manages to save fatty (lam suet), with help from iron mary (sandra ng) and lu (lu yi). fatty is going to testify against big tin (wong jing), but only if the police promise to secretly protect his estranged daughter, june (maggie li), whilst she competes in a beauty pageant. naturally, the police agree, placing fang undercover as a contestant, supported by her dad, donnie, mary, lu and stephen (jim chim) the host of the pageant and the only one who knows about the police operation...

well, i started watching this as i was falling asleep last night; it rubbed me up the wrong way, i lasted five minutes and then fell asleep, thinking it would be a struggle to make it through the whole film. i decided to give it another go when i finished work today and ate my dinner: i made it all the way...

the film is a wong jing affair, which is very wong jingy. unless you're a huge wong jing, charlene choi or sandra ng fan, then you're probably never going to see this. i find wong jing decidedly hit and miss, but i did find myself getting sucked into this very silly effort and, in the end, i certainly enjoyed it a lot more than 'i corrupt all cops', which was a bad movie. he should stick with what he knows and this is what he knows: being silly.

and, silly this is. sandra ng is pretty much hong kong's queen of silly and has perfected her own corner of the market, when it comes to dishing out a mixture of the deadpan and over the top. stick her along side charlene choi who is, quite frankly, cute as a button and that's already a good start. then mix in a silly plot (which has probably drawn heavily from something else, maybe 'miss congeniality'?) and lots of silly humour, which probably just manages to hit a little more than it misses and you're on course for a typical wong jing movie.

if this sounds like good news, then you'll probably enjoy having a watch, if it sounds like junk, then you probably don't need me to tell you to steer well clear...

me, i had fun watching it, despite the fact it's tripe...