Gol & Gincu: Adakah cinta satu permainan? Translated it means “Goal & Lipstick : Is love a game?”, which doesn’t really come out as catchy and dreamy as it does in the current Malay title. I mean, not like my translation power is very the keng but that should give you an idea that the movie in general is pretty much light-hearted teen fun. Overall, a feel good chick-flick.
Putri (Nur Fazura), a mad-about-fashion college kid is dumped by her futsal-crazy boyfriend Eddy (Ashraf Sinclair) for a more independant and self-reliant girl. She decides to win back Eddy by proving to him that she too can embrace futsal like Madonna to Kabbalah. Along the way she meets Shasha (Sazzy Falak) the obligatory biatch, Zie (Rafidah Abdullah) the kind-hearted doesn’t-hold-a-grudge nice gal who offers to coach Putri in futsal, and a host of other chicks who would later be part of the ‘Bukan Team Biasa’ futsal team, captained by Putri. Somewhere along the plot Putri grows up, which means a whole journey of self-discovery that I do not really need to spell out.
Halfway through typing the above paragraph, I realised that the main storyline is uncannily similar to that of ‘Legally Blonde’. Turns out that I’m not the only one who thinks so.
Predictable as it is, there are a couple of side stories regarding issues that I feel are good exposures, such as illegal family lovin’ and boyfriends who treat their girlfriends so crap that they should be shot then thoroughly mutilated beyond the point of recognition. But overall I thought the movie casts a positive light on our youth – sometimes we can really think for ourselves! And while I am not a major futsal fan, I sympathise with the all too familiar difficulties faced by females who truly love the sport.
Goodies: Good soundtrack, Ida Nerina, Rafidah Abdullah, Sazzy Falak, female empowerment, good cinematography (I’m not an expert but I can appreciate good angles), certain realistic diversification of characters, the message of the movie.
Overkill: Sponsored products plugging, lengthy unnecessary scenes mostly brought upon by sponsored products plugging and massive MTV culture influence if you know what I mean.
(By the way I was more than shocked to see two familiar faces in the movie, Dominique and Shee Teng! Hehehe even though they are ka lei fei, no one NO ONE can miss Dom’s blonde hair!!! …. and Shee Teng just told me that Danial and Tong Teck were also in the movie, though I couldn’t recognise them. OMGWTF!!! Batu Pahat taking over the world issit?!?)
For a first feature film, it’s definitely more than a commendable effort by director Bernard Chauly. Actually I do not know who he or she is, but good job and I MEAN IT!!! Hehehe… I am not very ‘in’, you see… and am still trying to recover from the shock and utter happiness from standing within 1 metre vicinity of my long-time idol, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir. RAWRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!
Would I recommend this movie? YEAP! It opens tomorrow so go watch it at a cinema – don’t be too kiam siap and look for Uncle Ho because Uncle Ho will turn around and slap you silly for not supporting our growing film industry.