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Nasi Lemak 2.0

Young Chef Huang (Namewee) struggles to get his restaurant business going because he cannot adapt to the "localised` cooking his patrons are looking for. However, despite his unpopular cuisine, he is well-known as Hero Huang in the local neighbourhood where he carries out good deeds by helping the community - that is, until he met Xiao K (Karen Kong) who gets him in deep trouble. So as to get his life and the restaurant business back on track, Chef Huang must now seek help from a mysterious hawker stall lady (Adibah Noor), who summons him to embark on the extraordinary journey. He is to meet many `local heroes` who will help him rediscover his roots and the hidden message of `Nasi Lemak`.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 1 Dec 2011
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Running Time: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS, CLOVER FILMS
Cast: Namewee, Adibah Noor, Afdlin Shauki, Karen Kong, Felixia Yeap, David Arumugam, Denise Lau, Nur Fathia, Ho Yuhang, Pete Teo
Director: Namewee
Format: NA

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Writer: Bailah Hashim

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Watch this if you liked: "Appalam" and "Papadom"

For the first movie directed by Wee Meng Chee or better known as Namewee, "Nasi Lemak 2.0" is a comedy starring a multicultural cast comprising of Adibah Noor, Karen Kong, Afdlin Shauki, Dato' David Arumugam, Kenny & Chee and Dennis Lau.

"Nasi Lemak 2.0" is a story about Chef Huang (Namewee) who is having trouble with his restaurant business until he meets with Xiao K (Karen Kong). Xiao K who is also trying to save her father's restaurant, suggests to Chef Huang to compete in a cooking duel and if he wins, he will be able to save both of them from losing the business for good.

To make sure Chef Huang wins the duel; both of them go on a journey to learn to make the best 'Nasi Lemak'. The journey in fact, for Chef Huang, is an opportunity to rediscover his roots and the real hidden meaning of 'Nasi Lemak'.

The movie is full with funny scenes, but some probably only Malaysians are able to understand, namely those related to daily complaints by Malaysians on how slow and bad the internet connections can be and also how frequent blackouts are a norm to some. Despite all the laughs from the funny scenes, one will find messages of moral values in between lines and through the different characters. For example a family man (Afdlin Shauki) who left his hectic live in KL city to settle with being a fisherman, manages to live harmoniously with his loving wives and children in the village. Other characters show how a person shouldn't be stereotyped based on their race and skin colour. For example an Indian or Malay can converse in Chinese, and a Chinese can even have a Malay woman as a godmother.

There was also quite number of scenes where the characters suddenly started singing with dancers in the background that the reviewer thought was a bit too much. Lyrics were even included for those who like to sing along. With the lyrics being there, it was probably to also make sure that the message of the song got across to the audience.

Overall, "Nasi Lemak 2.0" is a good entertainment to those who want to have some good laughs at the cinema, as you'll find yourself laughing silly at the comical moments. Keep a look out for scenes where Xiao K's father starts speaking in broken English.

Cinema Online, 08 September 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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