- High school never looked this bad before
- Non-Malays don’t exist in KL, according to this sleep-inducing film
PADA Suatu Cinta Dahulu is Metrowealth’s 77th film, which is a big deal for it, but for moviegoers, it means a chance to have slept in cinemas for 77 times. I yawned 20 times while watching this film. I’m not kidding you. After the film ended, I had to stare into space for a few minutes to clear my mind.
As I write this review, I still don’t see the need for Metrowealth to have made this film. What’s the purpose? It doesn’t have a social message. The only message I saw was that Chinese and Indians don’t exist in national public schools (sekolah menengah kebangsaan) in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of multiracial Malaysia.
Was this supposed to have been a date movie? If you date likes this film, dump him. If you like it, then you’ll probably like Hantu Kak Limah 2, which means there is no hope for you.
Intan Ladyana is 31 years old, but the film and her believe that they can dupe audiences into accepting her playing the part of a secondary (high) school student.
In fact, most of the actors in this high school romantic comedy are too old to play students. There’s no way audiences will believe their characters.
The jokes are sparse and silly, the acting in nondescript, the dialogue makes you drowsy and it’ll take a huge suspension of disbelief in viewers to accept that a rowdy high school student falls in love with a girl in only one week.
At the start of the film, Zainal (Pierre Andre) talks to a female psychiatrist and tells her of the embarrassment of toiling at home while his corporate wife takes it easy. He feels small because he drives a Kancil and she has a big car.
He said things were different in high school 17 years ago. Oh no, I thought, another tale of the slighted male ego.
Zainal (now played by Nizam Zaidi) is an undisciplined student. He and his friends intimidate other students and get into fights with them. When he thinks that Rudy (Zalif Sidek) is making moves on his girlfriend, Nora (Wawa Zainal), he pours red paint over him outside school.
He’s suspended from school for one week, which he accepts with delight, and he takes the opportunity to goof around with his friends and go fishing in a dirty lake. He then bumps into pretty Azura (Intan) at a cendol stall outside the old Federal Cinema in Chow Kit.
Sparks fly between the two of them and Zainal is smitten by her, who says that she, too, has been suspended from another school.
There’s no mention of his parents during this one week. How he deceives them into thinking that he goes to school is forgotten. He and Azura also show no interest in studying.
The film is absorbed in the high jinks of Zainal’s clique. The teasing, bullying and fights are supposed to represent typical high school behaviour, but they’re just boring in this film. No wonder the disciplinary teacher has his hands full whacking the students.
To get more laughs, the film gets the overweight Zalif to reveal his manboobs and fleshy tummy. Zalif dives into this task with zeal.
The film’s depiction of 1996 is non-existent, except for the old cinema and the appearance of a minibus. The clothes and hairstyles from that era are from 2013.
As I mentioned above, this film is practically devoid of non-Malays. The school in KL does not have a single non-Malay. The film’s sole minority is the Indian man selling cendol, and he’s portrayed as a buffoon.
1 out of 5
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