Serbis (Service)
Serbis (Service) (2008)

Crisscrossing stories chronicle the tangled lives of an extended family running a seedy porno theater in the Philippines in this vivid and sexually explicit drama starring Gina Pareño.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This darkly comic family drama finds ways of being viscerally graphic and intellectually stimulating at the same time.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The number of characters involved leaves the plotlines strung out and little emotion for the audience to cling to.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

You have been advised; proceed accordingly.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

This isn't a family -- or a film -- you'll easily forget.

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Chris Cabin

film feels like it has more to say but can't get the wording right

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The Filipino movie Serbis is gentle, bawdy and at times rambunctiously, ticklishly rude.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A gritty little drama that leaves you feeling like you might need a shower.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
I'm not sure what director Brillante Mendoza was thinking. Maybe the intentions were honorable, focusing on graphic realism with an unflinching eye for… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Serbis" is about family which is also the name of the dilapidated adult theater(bathrooms flood, goats invade, etc) in Manila… More
Ivan Descartin
I have to say that Brillante Mendoza's "Serbis" is slightly better than his more renowned(and at the same time, denounced) "Kinatay".… More