That's the Way I Like It (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

That's the Way I Like It (1999)

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Glen Goei made his directorial debut with this Singaporean musical comedy in Singlish and Hokkien dialogue. In 1977, laidback Hock (Adrian Pang), always on the brink of getting fired from his supermarket job, hopes to buy a Triumph motorcycle. He lives with his parents, sister Mui (Pam Oci), and brother (Caleb Goh). After seeing a movie titled Forever Fever with a John Travolta look-alike (Dominic Tace), Hock gets inspired. To raise money for the Triumph, Hock takes dance lessons in order to enter a disco competition with a cash prize. Mei (Medaline Tan), who secretly loves Hock, goes with him to his lessons. Hock falls hard for another dance entrant, Julie (Anna Belle Francis), which does not please her boyfriend, Richard (Pierre Png). Some anachronisms are evident in the use of modern Singapore for period location scenes.

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Cast

Adrian Pang
as Ah Hock
Pierre Png
as Richard
Alaric Tay
as Ah Seng
Dominic Pace
as Hock's Guardian Angel
Dominic Tace
as "John Travolta"
Caleb Goh
as Leslie/Ah Beng
Koh Chieng Mun
as Mrs. Chan
Kay Tong Lim
as Mr. Tay
Kumar
as Transvestite
Lily Ong Siew Lin
as Grandmother
Jason Lam
as Motorbike Salesman
Ronald Chong
as Young Ah Hock
Brian Yu
as Young Ah Beng
Zhu Shirui
as Young Mei
Jerrold Wong
as Tranny No. 2
Moe Kassim
as Tranny No. 3
Winnie Tan Li Ching
as Receptionist
Janet Yip
as Tracy
Alicia Loo
as Sharon
Mindy Ng
as Michelle
Tan Kheng Hua
as Ticket Seller No. 1
Jacqueline Pereira
as Ticket Seller No. 2
Michelle Chua
as Ticket Seller No. 3
Michelle Tan Hock Khim
as Girl in Changing Room
Najip Ali
as Can Thrower
Diva Drama
as Hair Dresser
Claire Ngo
as Manicurist
Cyndi Ong
as Pedicurist
Karen Chew
as Boutique Assistant
Susan Yeong
as Shoe Shop Assistant
Irwan Bin Usop
as Gangster No. 1
Teo Kuan Soon
as Gangster No. 2
Kay Mei Mei
as Girl in Disco
Cathy Kee
as Elaine
Lee Frederick
as Tranny No. 4
Leroy Bakar
as Tranny No. 5
Teri-Anne Lee
as Cashier No. 1
Juliana Abdul Ajis
as Cashier No. 2
Jonathan Goh
as Schoolboy No. 1 on Motorbike
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Critic Reviews for That's the Way I Like It

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

This sweet film . . . shows in some cases a little disco and a whole lot of Brooklyn isn't such a bad thing.

April 8, 2001 | Full Review…

Starting out kind of sticky (like a student piece), the film slowly matures (much like it's primary character).

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

In paying tribute to the culture of the glitter ball era, writer-director Glen Goei doesn't downplay the kitschiness of it all; in fact, he embraces it.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Turn on the disco ball and crank up the music, and the film sizzles. Otherwise, it drags like an old Lawrence Welk 78 record played on 33 1/3.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A complete cartoon, but not so much funny as downright embarrassing.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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