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Double Happiness Review


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Mina Shum, in her writer/director's notes on Double Happiness, makes her life story sound like a modern-day Book of Job: She's an unappreciated Chinese-Canadian twentysomething. She left home at 18 and didn't have any furniture. She worked at McDonald's. And she made a movie about all this.

Well, cry me a river. Double Happiness is probably the most blatantly self-centered film I've seen all year. After all, when people say, "Write what you know," they don't mean, "Write about YOU YOU YOU!" The idea is to take a personal story and make it accessible to the masses. This movie is just one big, running, inside joke.

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