American Adobo
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Five Filipino-American friends living in New York City deal with love, sex, friendship, careers, and cultural identity in this romantic comedy-drama directed by veteran Philippine actress Laurice Guillen. Tere Sanchez (Cherry Pie Picache) is an accountant who is in her early forties, single, and not especially happy about it. Tere is an excellent cook, and often throws dinner parties for her friends, and the arrival of her old friend Lorna (Sol Oca) from Manila is all the reason she needs to invite her friends over for a feast. Mike (Christopher De Leon) is a former political journalist who is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Guillen rarely gets beneath the surface of things. She lists ingredients, but never mixes and stirs."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"Mushes the college-friends genre (The Big Chill) together with the contrivances and overwrought emotion of soap operas."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A sophomoric exploration of 'life problems' most people solved long ago -- or at least got tired of hearing people kvetch about."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Tries to add some spice to its quirky sentiments but the taste is all too familiar."
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"Too much clunky dialog in mawkish situations dissolve this flick into shrill histrionics."
‑ , E! Online
"American Adobo is entertaining and it's filled with fine performances from the ensemble cast."
‑ Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News
"A big meal of cliches that the talented cast generally chokes on."
‑ David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter
"While American Adobo has its heart (and its palate) in the right place, its brain is a little scattered -- ditsy, even."
‑ Arthur Salm, San Diego Union-Tribune
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Though clearly well-intentioned, this cross-cultural soap opera is painfully formulaic and stilted."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The script by Vincent R. Nebrida ... tries to cram too many ingredients into one small pot."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Stiff and schmaltzy and clumsily directed."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"It sticks rigidly to the paradigm, rarely permitting its characters more than two obvious dimensions and repeatedly placing them in contrived, well-worn situations."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"The film is reasonably entertaining, though it begins to drag two-thirds through, when the melodramatic aspects start to overtake the comedy."
‑ Andy Klein, New Times
"Although melodramatic and predictable, this romantic comedy explores the friendship between five Filipino-Americans and their frantic efforts to find love."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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