Formula 17
Formula 17 (2005)

A young man learns some lessons about life and love the hard way in this frothy gay-themed romantic comedy-drama from Taiwan. Tien (Tony Tang) is a gay teenager who decides to leave the small town where he grew up and strike out for the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 19, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Neophyte director DJ Chen's formulaic film leaves little doubt.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A silly-sweet, gay romantic comedy aimed primarily at teenage and college-age audiences.

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Don Willmott

It's total escapism, and, for a movie about losing one's virginity, surprisingly chaste

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The only real surprise about this cheerful gay romance is that such a silly movie was such a smash hit in its native Taiwan.

Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice

Mark my words: There is no way an innocent like Tien and a Meat Loaf-style heartthrob like Bai could ever make a love thing happen.

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E! Online

Not for the cynical, this is one of those flicks where love happens at first glance and the cad has a heart of gold.

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David Rooney

A fresh, sweet-natured affair with an attractive young cast.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Presents such a barrage of grotesquely mugging, swishy stereotypes, coupled with a total lack of wit or style, that mere minutes into it, you are groaning and peering at your watch.

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Sylvester Kuo
A revenge romantic comedy about life and love for a gay teen in Taiwan. Can't believe this crap was a box office hit.