The Fun, the Luck and the Tycoon (1990)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2000-01-28
Summary: Pleasant but not great
In its own right, this film is a pleasant little romantic comedy. The big problem is that it's so obviously a remake of Coming To America (with a few references to Arthur), and therefore comparisons are inevitable. Chow grins the whole way through, as Murphy did. The two fencing/swordplay scenes are copied, though Chow uses a car aerial instead of a mop in the holdup scene. Chow even plays more than one role, as Murphy did, but it's only as a campy-voiced cab driver named Stink, who also narrates.
I love watching the great Chow in any film, but I feel a more understated performance would have helped. And I guess that I'm just not very taken by Chow and Chang as a romantic couple. I also wasn't impressed by the shameless self-promotion of the band Beyond, who feature as four inseparable staff in the restaurant.
Okay, things do warm up in the last fifteen minutes, and the final chase scene is a hoot. I guess this one's okay if you're bored, but Chow has certainly done better than this.
Reviewer Score: 3