Serbis (Service)
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The Pineda family operates a run-down movie house in a city in the province which shows dated sexy double-feature films. The family has taken up actual residence in the old building as well. The matriarch Nanay Flor, her daughter Nayda, son-in-law Lando and adopted daughter Jewel take turns manning the ticket booth and the canteen. Her nephews Alan and Ronald are the billboard painter and projectionist respectively. Nanay Flor had filed a bigamy case against her estranged husband and is attending the court hearing today when, after a number of years, the decision will be finally handed down.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While it has its gag-inducing moments, director Brillante Mendoza's film about a three-generational family that lives in and operates a rundown porn theatre is more sweet than twisted."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Serbis has the feel of a documentary, but a documentary can't accomplish what "Serbis" does: Take us to a corner of the world where sex and regret are so intimately entwined."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"The number of characters involved leaves the plotlines strung out and little emotion for the audience to cling to."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"That calling-attention-to-the-idea-that-we're-watching-a-movie device is at odds with the realism of the story, but it does a nice job of illustrating the central question of Serbis: Which is going to fall apart first, the Family or the family?"
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A unique and artistic treatment of gritty family survival but one that will turn away viewers with its carnal setting and sand-blasted treatment of the human condition."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"You have been advised; proceed accordingly."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This isn't a family -- or a film -- you'll easily forget."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"film feels like it has more to say but can't get the wording right"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Enthralling. A vivid portrait of a family seemingly involved in only their own problems who have been infected by the filth and enervation around them."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Often drags with too many poorly developed characters its convoluted, unfocused plot. If it were more character-driven and had a sharper screenplay, it would have been a much more captivating drama."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Part-telenovela, part outlandish screwball comedy, part soft-porno, but completely without a road map, Serbis evokes Pedro Almodóvar, Tennessee Williams, and 1940s and '50s Hollywood."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The Filipino movie Serbis is gentle, bawdy and at times rambunctiously, ticklishly rude."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A gritty little drama that leaves you feeling like you might need a shower."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Unflinching, graphic depictions of illicit sex and boil-lancing are memorable, but the family's moral ambiguities and sense of lost prestige are what fascinate the most."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"A scraggly, messy, often aimless, and yet consistently amusing and engaging work of black comedy-cum-social-realism."
‑ Nick Schager, The Screengrab
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