I declare this movie is one of my favorite Indonesian movies. Seriously, watching this movie is like watching my everyday life. I laughed, I snickered, and I mellowed for a while when I watch this movie, 'cause it (almost) is describing my everyday life in Metropolitan city of Jakarta. It may be confusing to those who aren't familiar with Indonesian culture, but you'd enjoy this movie.
Memey (Cut Mini Theo) is an interior designer who always attending "arisan" or meeting group gathering of high-class socialites in Jakarta with her rich best friend, Andien (Aida Nurmala). Memey's husband, Ical (Nico Siahaan) left her for an actress, and she found herself interested with Nino (Surya Saputra), a movie director. It turns out that Nino is more interested with her best friend, Sakti (Tora Sudiro), a closeted gay man. Directed by Nia Dinata.
This is the first Indonesian movie that actually pretty much true with the lives of Jakartans high-class socialites. Indonesian people loves to socialize, and many of them always have meeting group gatherings. But what I like about this movie is because they are not shy away with the whole reality in Jakarta. This movie satires and yet stays true with the core, although sometimes exaggerates a bit, about how people live their lives in metropolitan city. Audience who likes Sex and The City series will find the similarity; by the music, by the storyline, and by amount of pretty actors and actresses. Yes, I do believe that they are kinda sugar coated the whole thing. In reality, people's lives are more darker than this. But because this is a drama comedy, they kinda toned it down a bit. But it is forgivable.
I love everyone's acting in this movie, it seems natural, although still have flaws, but better compare to one of those Indonesian movies with text-book dialogues. I hate the ending though, because it is so "happy" and "go-lucky". I thought this movie would be a lot better if it had a darker ending. I applaud the direction in this movie; the whole gay, sex, drugs, infidelity, social life in Jakarta are being shown and satire here. This is great, no more stupid horror and high-school movies crap! I especially loves Rachel Maryam as Lita. She has a comedic timing and funny, and she's pretty too. But...good God. I loooove Tora Sudiro. The man is a Greek statue! If more Indonesian guys like that and in many movies, I'll be a happy girl. This movie also showing Bataknese culture, instead the usual Javanese culture that dominates Indonesian movies. Very cool, witty writing, gripping, and very well done.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
Welcome to my humble weblog, a place to quench your addiction of movies. Enjoy your stay. Sometimes it's okay to be addicted to movies. PS: Beware of my brash review and language. I have a crazy obsessive compulsive behavior of watching movies. I called it being passionate. LOL. Grab some popcorn, and have a nice day! By the way, you can click the boxes at each reviews to watch the movie trailers. Enjoy!