Shirley is a woman who wants to be in control of everything. Working as a librarian in a public school, a firm "Sshhh!" from her makes the students tremble in fear. But in her family, her unwarranted intervention in the lives of her children and their families keeps her emotionally detached from them. Realizing that she has lost the command she once had, she goes to New York to reunite with Mark , her estranged gay son who is now suffering from colon cancer. But Shirley doesn't know this and living with Mark in New York comes with a cost. She has to live with her son's lover Noel who is an illegal immigrant. Everything is going right until circumstances forces Shirley to go back to the Philippines. Now that she's back with her family, she realizes that something is wrong she is not happy.
Writer:Raymond Lee (story), Olivia M. Lamasan (story), Raymond Lee (screenplay), Senedy Que (screenplay), Olivia M. Lamasan (screenplay)
Shirley (Vilma Santos) is a woman who wants to be in control of everything. Working as a librarian in a public school, a firm "Sshhh!" from her makes the students tremble in fear. But in her family, her unwarranted intervention in the lives of her children and their families keeps her emotionally detached from them. Realizing that she has lost the command she once had, she goes to New York to reunite with Mark (Luis Manzano), her estranged gay son who is now suffering from colon cancer. But Shirley doesn't know this and living with Mark in New York comes with a cost. She has to live with her son's lover Noel (John Lloyd Cruz) who is an illegal immigrant. Everything is going right until circumstances forces Shirley to go back to the Philippines. Now that she's back with her family, she realizes that something is wrong - she is not happy. For once in her life, she finally comes to a brave decision that will bring her real happines. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Stu D (kr) wrote: An excellent film in all categories. It gives a glimpse into how a Marine platoon sergeant leads a platoon in modern warfare. There is not any political twist or censored footage. This is how it really is. I speak from experience being a Marine for nearly 13 years. Do me a favor. If you all call a Marine a soldier, you are committing a dishonor to us. We are NOT soldiers! We are MARINES! We earned the title, now do not lower our status please! Also, there is no such thing as an ex-Marine, only former Marines. Lesson learned. Thank you.
Laura S (gb) wrote: I have been severely bipolar all my life and could relate to this movie in some ways. The parents in this movie seemed very real in their concern and feelings of helplessness for their struggling son. The problem with this movie is that there is no "fix" for being bipolar. Getting the girl you love and taking meds will not make everything fantastic for the rest of your life like it shows at the end of the movie. With real bipolar disorder, you have to continue to see a psychiatrist regularly, your meds have to be adjusted throughout your life because they lose potency after a while and you definitely still have some bipolar symptoms (although with a lot less frequency and severity). Bipolar has become the new designer illness, and I think this movie is misleading people by making bipolar something that will just "go away" with the right set of circumstances. I guess they will make a romantic comedy about anything nowadays. Maybe next time it will be a romantic comedy about a retarded guy and autistic girl...
Rebecca H (jp) wrote: The beginning was a little slow. There were some details at the beginning that could have been left out, but once it got towards the middle it wasnt to bad.
Delilah D (gb) wrote: Love this movie, if you like films that give you that warm fuzzy feeling, then watch this.
bill b (mx) wrote: a nice character film. very intense
Ryan H (ca) wrote: I've only seen one Yimou Zhang film before this (Hero) and both are shot beautifully. This one, however, I had a problem with the focus of the film. Perhaps it was just because I love coming-of-age stories so much that I wanted to have more of Shuisheng's character. The film opens up with him coming to Shanghai to work for a gang's boss's misstress. The boy feels trapped after realizing how much work it's going to take and how the work is degrading. He begins to despise Bijou. But what choice does he have other than to stay with her? Especially after breaking the mirror. This story was great, so I was trying to figure out why it felt so sloppy. Then I realized, they are putting us in his POV for a lot of the film, but I really didn't get much of a sense of the kid other than his feeling of anger and entrapment. Some things he did just seemed aggravatingly stupid. He's 14, not 6. If someone shows you how to do something at that age, you should be able to do it. So why couldn't he use the lighter? I did like when he ran into the mirror though, because that just shows how nervous he feels about the whole situation once he's in it. I can't really remember others too well, but his quietness also felt like he was dumb rather than shy. Maybe I just don't like the way Zhang directed him. Whatever it is, this didn't ruin the movie for me. The character of Bijou is so fleshed out that I had something else to grasp on to. I really love the way they start out making you hate Bijou, then when they move out to the country we see her human side. She tells Shuisheng that she was once a country bumpkin as well. Later, we get the impression that the change to being the boss's misstress might not have been her fault. I think the POV shot that stuck with me the most was when Shuisheng goes upstairs to check up on Bijou when she's screaming after Song left. Going up the stairs looked so beautiful with the blue the filled the screen and the smooth movements. The gangster story in the 30s worked really well for me, and I really liked the musical scenes that went along with it. If Zhang could have found a better was to incorporate Shuisheng into the story I would have enjoyed it more. But as is, it's still a really dang good movie.
Don S (gb) wrote: Not sure why Keanu Reeves gets bashed all the time; he plays his roles with an honesty and humility that many others lack. Definitely unsure why this movie has such bad ratings. I found this samurai fantasy to be quirky fun with better than average performances from all involved. The legend has been told before, but I enjoyed this version quite well.
Nathaniel B (mx) wrote: One of my favorite sports movies. I really loved watching all 3 of them as a kid.
Peter J (it) wrote: Uh, yeah. I knew what I was getting into watching this but even that couldn't hold back the disappointment. It's good too see Bill Maher decided to go into political commentary because acting is something the man cannot do. Also seriously, even if she was hot who in their right mind thought making Shannon Tweed a main character was a good idea? You want movies like this to be so bad they kinda turn good but this one just makes you feel comfortable for both you and the 'actors'.
Jason L (jp) wrote: I laughed the entire movie. This should have been billed as a comedy.
Bheema D (ag) wrote: A decent film with some very thrilling moments, but it's trying way to hard to be good to actually make itself the classic some remember it as. If it sounds appealing to you, a watch on cable television or even a rental from the video store (if you still have those) is certainly not a waste, but if you aren't into these, you should skip it.
Nathaniel R (us) wrote: HA! all these are childhood memories..use to watch them with my father all the time
Jess L (de) wrote: A fun musical comedy set in the 20s with amazingly stylish costumes, over the top dance sequences and songs, it's a feel good film. Julie Andrews is so enjoyable to watch in this film; even with a mere facial expression I was laughing. This movie isn't for everyone, in fact I hardly know of anyone that has actually seen it. But if you enjoy musicals then this is a must see! The perfect movie to put on to forget your troubles in the real world. Highly enjoyable!
Richard D (it) wrote: The ur-1930s backstage musical ... the one from which all the later ones spring. Warner Baxter plays the producer of "Pretty Girl", which we follow from conception to debut. Ginger Rogers, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell are the stars. Busby Berkeley choreographs. Not as wonderful as later musicals, but extremely entertaining and worth seeing to see where it all starts.
Theodore F (au) wrote: Simple zombie ghost story elevated by its claustrophobic style into a garishly florid and hazy nightmare. The moments of requisite gore and (especially) decay are strikingly, sometimes transcendently textured and colored.
Matthew M (gb) wrote: kung fu panda. 2008 . 5 rates
Samantha G (de) wrote: Very confronting movie but wow definitely a must see!!!