Indonesia 1983 Director: Arizal Cast: Dono, Kasino, Indro, Eva Arnaz, Lydia Kandou, Us Us, Ijah Bomber Rating: Remaja (Teen) Language: Bahasa Indonesia VCD Quality: Poor/Decent/Excellent Release Date: 1983; 19 July 2007 (VCD) Running Length: 1 hour 27 minutes 19 seconds
The Movie Review
WARKOP DKI: MAJU KENA MUNDUR KENA
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Stuck in the moment that you can get out of it... This comedy flick title suddenly reminds me of U2's song which more or less has the same meaning with Maju Kena Mundur Kena, only that this movie is anything but heartbreaking :-) how can it be, when Warkop guys headlined the show. If you familiar with this Indonesian comedy group, you know that the name is a guarantee for a good series of laughter. Only the question is, will this title make you laugh your a$s off? Or only suitable for collectors? Or probably it doesn't even worth your precious time. Well then, let's take a look shall we...
Maju Kena Mundur Kena was released in 1983, the same year as Pokoknya Beres (1983) and shares a theme that is of 90% resemblence. Not only that, these are rare kinds of Warkop movies which story is strongly correlated, or if I have to put in in another words, Pokoknya Beres is the direct sequel of Maju Kena Mundur Kena. Alright, now the story this time is about Dono, Kasino and Indro who open a small garage or car repair shop business. On a rainy night, Dono has the job to stay at the garage in case someone needs help in the middle of the night, and it's true. A hot babe in a white dress named Marina (Eva Arnaz) asks Dono to help fixing her car, but Dono being semi-perverted takes advantage of the situation to make Marina treat him like a big boss by ordering her to do some silly stuff. After the repairing process is done, the absent-minded Dono forget to ask the fee from Marina shortly after she took off.
Being scolded by his boss, Kasino, Dono then pursues the girl only to find him awake in the girl's sorority house and creating a commotion and problem for Marina. Problem for Marina means Luck for Dono for she accidentally moves to a dormitory where Dono, Kasino, Indro and their friend, Anita (Lydia Kandou) live. Things are getting interesting, since Kasino who believes that women bring nothing but bad luck, is awestruck to see Marina and has a sudden crush on her. Now, how would these boys live their life day by day with two gorgeous girls on their side?
The jokes in this Warkop entry are mostly slapsticks. Slap! Boom! Bang! Easy to digest, simple to guess, but also quite stupid actually. Still a funny comedy film of course, if you are into slapstick jokes, however I'm pretty sure MaKenMuKen still could be an entertainment for the highbrows even though just a bitsy bit. One thing that's smart is how the script and the jokes really reflect the essence of Maju Kena Mundur Kena.
Jokes are derived from certain difficult situation, as in when Marina's grandfather and grandmother visit her, which panic Marina for her status as a single. Marina then force the confused Dono to act as her husband, Dono (of course) takes advantage of this to do naughty things to Marina. Another type of joke is when Marina hits the dormitory fence with her friend's car and Indro steps up to be the hero by saying to the enraged Pak Us Us (the man in charge of the dormitory) that it's actually Indro's twin brother's fault. The bit-confused poor old Mr. Us Us buys this story, but instead of grows even more angry, Pak Us Us insists to spend a quality time with the Indro and his imaginary twin! Alas... Indro, Marina and Anita have to run here and there and do some pretty stupid things to cover their lie to Pak Us Us.
But of course the big joke is at the end of the film when Dono has to dress as a woman soccer player to help Marina and Anita achieve victory in the upcoming soccer match. What would a perverted man like Dono do in the middle of all the girls in the field? ;-) in these scenes fellow moviegoers could notice that the real star of this classic Indonesian movie is the soundtrack which played over and over every time funny moments about to be presented, and... It works! What song? Well... one of the most famous songs from a comedy genre in this Indonesian movie realm!
The title of the Theme Song is , sorry that I don't know but I guess it would have been named, "Nongkrong di Warung Kopi" or in English would be "Hanging out at a coffee shop". A song that Dono, Kasino and Indro used to change the lyric mainly to adapt to the overall theme of their respective movies.
In conclusion, answering the questions mentioned in the first paragraph, Maju Kena Mundur Kena is worth your precious time, only if you like slapsticks, but for collector or simply fans of Warkop, this title will give you quite hefty amount of good time :-) besides the fringe benefit is you could see how Jakarta looked like back in the early 80s when Dono, Kasino, and Indro drive through the streets. It's just so shame that the VCD quality falls to "Poor" area.