Movie review: Ah Boys To Men Part 1

The most hyped-up part of this Jack Neo film - the war scenes in the first 20 minutes - are well-executed and chilling, but the transition to the more subdued scenes about basic military training is a disappointing anti-climax.

It's a typical coming-of-age story about young enlistees and among stereotypes, there is the spoilt brat Ken (Joshua Tan), the eager recruit Aloysius (Maxi Lim) and the resourceful Ah Beng Lobang (Wang Weiliang).

The 113-minute film is much longer than it should be. Some scenes are like an ad for the army. But it's got its good points too.

Irene Ang's role as Ken's over-protective mother is delightful to watch and getai singer Wang's comedic timing is spot-on.

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