American Adobo
American Adobo (2002)

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)… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 25, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Consensus: The characters and situations seem borrowed from overwrought sitcoms.

Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly

Guillen rarely gets beneath the surface of things. She lists ingredients, but never mixes and stirs.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Mushes the college-friends genre (The Big Chill) together with the contrivances and overwrought emotion of soap operas.

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

A sophomoric exploration of 'life problems' most people solved long ago -- or at least got tired of hearing people kvetch about.

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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News

American Adobo is entertaining and it's filled with fine performances from the ensemble cast.

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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

A big meal of cliches that the talented cast generally chokes on.

Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune

While American Adobo has its heart (and its palate) in the right place, its brain is a little scattered -- ditsy, even.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The script by Vincent R. Nebrida ... tries to cram too many ingredients into one small pot.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Stiff and schmaltzy and clumsily directed.

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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

It sticks rigidly to the paradigm, rarely permitting its characters more than two obvious dimensions and repeatedly placing them in contrived, well-worn situations.

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