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The characters and situations seem borrowed from overwrought sitcoms.
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Guillen rarely gets beneath the surface of things. She lists ingredients, but never mixes and stirs.
American Adobo is entertaining and it's filled with fine performances from the ensemble cast.
The script by Vincent R. Nebrida ... tries to cram too many ingredients into one small pot.
Mushes the college-friends genre (The Big Chill) together with the contrivances and overwrought emotion of soap operas.
A big meal of cliches that the talented cast generally chokes on.
Stiff and schmaltzy and clumsily directed.
A sophomoric exploration of 'life problems' most people solved long ago -- or at least got tired of hearing people kvetch about.
While American Adobo has its heart (and its palate) in the right place, its brain is a little scattered -- ditsy, even.
It sticks rigidly to the paradigm, rarely permitting its characters more than two obvious dimensions and repeatedly placing them in contrived, well-worn situations.
Tries to add some spice to its quirky sentiments but the taste is all too familiar.
I'm not sure which is worse: the poor acting by the ensemble cast, the flat dialogue by Vincent R. Nebrida or the gutless direction by Laurice Guillen.
The film is reasonably entertaining, though it begins to drag two-thirds through, when the melodramatic aspects start to overtake the comedy.
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