Starring: Ella Chen Chia-hwa, Mike He Jun-xiang, Wang You-sheng
Director: Weng Jing-ting Category: IIA (Mandarin)
Bad Girls is a bad film. The direction is silly, the acting is phony and the plot is like a teenage girl's daydream. Yet somehow it has charm, thanks to one of mankind's oldest arts - baking.
The film stars pop trio S.H.E member Ella Chen Chia-hwa as Dan, a feisty girl schooled in martial arts who enjoys kicking men. Her other passion is bread, for which she would do anything for a bite.
One day she meets Justin (Mike He Jun-xiang opposite with Chen), a superstar who is shooting a movie in her hometown. Dan injures the leading actress in an accident, and Justin demands Dan take the actress's place.
However, it turns out that Justin, son of a baker, is also a bread lover. After that, it's an on-again, off-again romance until the final, predictable, happy ever after.
Dan and Justin remain one-dimensional throughout the movie and so little happens in between the bickering and kisses that we never quite understand what makes them come together. Also, for a romantic comedy, there are few tender moments and the laughs are surprisingly sparse.
Of far more interest are the scenes involving the characters making or eating bread. At times the movie is more like the display window of a bakery full of yeasty delicacies.
The tender sight of Justin making bread - he even whispers to lumps of dough - is more touching than any interaction he has with Dan.
If there's something memorable about the movie, it is this: bread goes great with love.
Bad Girls opens on May 24