Review: Comedy ‘Girls vs Gangsters’ may leave you rooting for the bad guys
In the excruciatingly shrill Chinese import “Girls vs Gangsters,” a shoddy “Hangover” knockoff, a trio of girlfriends on a wild bachelorette trip to Vietnam wake up naked on a beach with one of them handcuffed to a briefcase and another in possession of a mysterious tattoo on her back.
A sequel to the 2014 romp, “Girls,” the new adventure reunites brash, spirited Kimmy (Fiona Sit) and posh, pretentious Jialan (Janine Chang) as they take their recently engaged sweet-natured bestie, Xiwen (Ivy Chen) on a last-chance, debauchery-filled escapade.
In the process of attempting to piece together the events that left them with a cache of gold bars and minus a little sister, they also find themselves having to outrun a bunch of persistent gangsters.
Meanwhile, just in case the uncredited source material isn’t readily apparent, Mike Tyson, who appeared in a couple of those “Hangover” movies, pops up as a half-American, half-Korean Muay Thai champ-turned-snack bar proprietor named Dragon.
Given the interminable crying/shrieking/squealing that ensues, it might come as a surprise that the comedy, which also sees fit to squeeze in a rape joke, was actually directed by a woman (Wong Chun-Chun), known for her 2000 documentary, the frank “Women’s Private Parts.”
While those vibrant Vietnamese backdrops make for an enticing tourism pitch, audiences are advised to skip this girls trip.
‘Girls vs. Gangsters’
In Mandarin and English with English subtitles
Running time: 1 hour, 53 minutes
Playing: AMC Atlantic Times Square, Monterey Park
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