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愛上我吧 (2001)
Gimme Gimme

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 02/05/2003

Defined by skateboards, loud music and sports, a group of teens undergo similar experiences with relationship: crush, love, cheating, breakup. Superb acting and exploration of realistic issues make Gimme a memorable and rewarding movie experience. The ending felt somewhat disappointing. Much better than your average HK teen film.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: silver7
Date: 04/10/2002

Unlike the unrealistic teen movies of Hollywood, Gimme Gimme portrayed teen life in Hong Kong as it really is. After having watched the usual angst-ridden teen dramas about self-proclaimed rich kids who have everything at their feets ("Clueless", "She's like that" come to mind), Gimme Gimme shed light on the situation of teenagers in the absence of attention from their families, the need of friends in your life, and perpetual heartbreak that surrounds relationships. - No need to re-iterate the storyline as it is found within other reviews...but this is a beautiful movie in many respects. I particularly liked the overlapping scenes in which the guys and girls both talk about relationships, and before that, the "love at first sight across the room" motif with Pat and Lobo at the rave. Though its ending was slightly disappointing (I noticed they took a sort've Tony/Maria spotlight fix and used it on Lobo and Pat), and many storylines tied up in a predictable fashion (I was happy with Lobo and Pat!), that's usually the way it is with teen romances - *grins* a lot of girls watch teen romances on the basis that they want the right guy to get the girl! However, I found I grew attachments to many of the characters - which is quite possible if you open yourself up to it. Specifically, I was so happy when Mo dumped that jerk! At times, I found myself slightly annoyed by Fion who continuously yelled at everyone, cried, and complained. However, I commend her, as I have never seen a chinese girl with neon orange her. Aside from her character, every other character had their own unique personality with a bit of charm - it was classic at the end when Skid slowly walked into the band practice room and demanded his protection money. It is with this movie that Hong Kong opened itself up to new talent - and hopefully many of these young actors will continue on with other movies. If you really look at it - the fresh-faced Chiu Tien-You has prospects to be another Hong Kong heartthrob (exceedingly good-looking, and he plays the guitar!!!)- however, I hope he will continue with HK indie projects such as this. Congratulations to the first Hong Kong movie this year that touched my heart and didn't involve a dying triad member or a sick lover to do so.

Reviewed by: HaloKiti
Date: 04/07/2002
Summary: A semi-realistic movie about teenagers

This movie is breath of fresh air. Not only does it not have annoying QT(cutie) girls, supercool and handsome guys, and triad members. It is actually realistic and smartly written. The movie is about a group of teenage friends and their relationship problems. The plot is light on its feet, doesn't drag out any of the story lines. There are some surprising moments but some of the stories have obvious conclusions. The ending also does not justify the rest of the movie. The youthful unknown actors do not seem like they are acting except for the occassional cringe-inducing crying scenes. The movie makes good use of its locations and is cut without being too MTV. All in all, a wonderful little movie without too many pretenses.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: shelly
Date: 12/19/2001
Summary: No drugs, no sex, no triads: a different kind of HK youth movie

One in a series of insightful Lawrence Lau directed youth movies. This one is far lighter than his previous harrowing, critically acclaimed Spacked Out. But not light to the point of being commercial, or coasting on cliché. Lau gets natural, spontaneous, engagingly watchable performances from his young unprofessional cast. Tse Lo-say's screenplay is fresh, free of cliché for the genre, and refreshingly non-condescending. It's sometimes very funny (how to spell “Raymond”) and sometimes acutely, spot-on sensitive and fascinatingly textured (see the scene in which the boys and the girls conduct parallel conversations about love). Light, jumpy photography has a gentle, "youthful" feel without being showy. Lau shows that Hong Kong can make a youth movie with no drugs, no sex, no triads, no violence, no stars: wow! The only (small) problem might be an overly schematic ending, which too neatly resolves all tensions, ties up all loose ends. But that’s a small damper on an otherwise splendid small film: one of 2001s happy successes.

Reviewer Score: 9