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7/10
Wait till you are older: Andy Lau's new movie
richardlimjr28 September 2005
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~Nutshell plot~ Boy (Kong) hate that his dad for causing mom's death and moving him into a new home with a step-mom. Kong vowed to leave home asap and cant wait to grow up. Like movies such as "Big" and "13 going on 30", little boy gets his wish and become a grown man over night.

Had very low expectation for this and during the early part of this movie, I was counting the number of films that it's ripping off. "Matrix" and "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate events" was 2 prominent ones that I caught.

But as the story goes on, everything seems to gel together. Especially the ending, which wasn't the formulaic routine finale that I had predicted and it made the whole "sudden", growing up more meaningful.

Another factor that kept my interest going was why was a genuinely nice Step-Mom (Karen Mok) who had tried to put up with Kong's constant tantrum, ended up as a home wrecker (that Kong constantly accused her of). The revelation came suddenly and rather surprising for me. The resolution of it was done well enough and emotional enough to bring tears to some (I witness it!).

The subplots such as Kong (Andy)'s crush on his teacher Miss Lee and his good friend Da Xiong's family (who shared dinner over the internet because the mom is staying in rural area) didn't really have a proper closure. That was scene where the older Kong asked if Da Xiong's dad ever cheated and was given a nudge by his good friend. It seems like there was something more to it but nothing came out from it.

And Miss Lee falling for the older version of Kong was rather unbelievable. There wasn't enough time to build any creditable romance between them and Miss Lee's character comes across to me like a potential psychopath. This is one very weird relationship.

Anyway veterans like Karen Mok, Felix Wong and Andy Lau made it fun to watch this movie and compared to the recent HK movie, "The Myth", "Wait till you're older" will be more worth it to catch it in Cinema.
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9/10
Adulthood and the consequences
cappocanieri2 May 2006
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This is a wonderful movie acted by Andy Lau. A wonderful drama about how to be a man. You can see a great performance by Andy Lau and Karen Mok. And you also can see a great make up team just like in "Love On A Diet". The story very simple. A boy who hated his stepmother one day got some liquid thing from an old botanical man. This liquid thing can make a piece of plant become a very big tree in a short time. When he wake up in the next morning he found himself become an adult. At the beginning, he very happy. But the next day, he found himself older. And when he met the botanical, the botanical man said very wisely. Time can not backward. One thing that we can conclude from the story, manhood have they own consequences, responsibilities and they own pleasure. What a wonderful life.
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6/10
Another intelligent allegory from Andy Lau
gabridl12 July 2009
I was expecting this to be a lightweight comedy but was pleasantly surprised by the subtext of this movie, which used the themes of maturation and family to address larger issues of Hong Kong's modernization and its relationship with Mainland China and the West.

In this respect, "Wait Till You're Older" resembles "Infernal Affairs," another film that uses a standard narrative to hint at larger issues. It is not quite at the same level of sophistication in either plot or metaphor, but it is a much deeper movie than one might be led to believe.

I don't think that I have to spell out the two sets of relationships here. They become quite obvious to the viewer with a little reflection.
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