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Love in Space: Failure to Launch

By inSing.com EditorMovies - 08 September 2011 4:19 PM | Updated 4:23 PM

Love in Space: Failure to Launch

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Rating: 2 stars out of 5

The Buzz: The sequel to the successful Hot Summer Days and the Chinese answer to ensemble romances like Valentine’s Day.

The Stars: Aaron Kwok, Rene Liu, Angelababy, Eason Chan

The Story: An ensemble romantic comedy that follows a mother and her three grown daughters as they juggle their assorted love lives. Each woman is successful in everything except love - until they unexpectedly encounter new romances in Beijing, Sydney and even in space.

inSing.com thinks: A cloyingly sweet romantic ensemble drama/comedy that doesn’t have the firm grounding of its predecessor, this Chinese film gets lost in space.

The situations the three sisters get into are rather contrived. Rose (Rene Liu) is on a space mission with old flame Michael (Aaron Kwok). Lily is obsessed with cleanness and becomes involved with a garbage man in Sydney.

Finally, in Beijing the youngest sister Peony (Angelababy) is an actress trying to hone her craft in a cafe who falls for a lowly waiter/watermelon delivery man. Their mom also has her own romantic encounter.

Directors Tony Chan and Wing Shya pile on the cute, going all out to win over the film’s target audience of females while using sheer coincidences to move the film’s predictable story arcs.

All the stories lack any kind of subtlety, but it’s technically very well produced, and the outer space special effects are convincing. Just be warned; there’s more cheese in this than the moon. 

Love in Space opens in theatres September 8.