(Dimas Djayadiningrat / Indonesia / 2007 / Fiction / 118min)
with English subtitles
Jojo (Tora Sudira) is unemployed. He decides to become a gigolo for an escort company. Everything works smoothly until he falls in love with a medical student.
Quickie Express received a wide release on 22 November 2007. It was also shown at the Jakarta International Film Festival, where it won Best Film. The film sparked a wave of sex-themed comedies, and received mixed to positive reviews.
A reviewer for the Indonesian popular culture news site KapanLagi.com wrote that the film had a light but enjoyable plot that was ruined by the cast’s lack of acting skill. Heated criticism was directed at Dewi’s character, who was described as “a young doctor who talks like a high school student”. The review summarized that it would be a good film for those who enjoyed jokes about sex.
Fajar Anugerah for Detik.com wrote that Quickie Express was a different offering than the then-usual horror movies, giving moviegoers a chance to laugh. He noted that the characterization was complex but generally well carried out. He gave the acting a mixed review, with Sudiro and Aming acting as if they were “in a TV show”.; the acting by Sardi, Pakusadewo, and Dewi was praised, with Dewi’s character being described as “arousing”.
Paolo Bertolin, writing for the Udine Far East Film Festival, called Quickie Express “intriguing and alluring” and screenwriter Joko Anwar’s “most mature and rounded work”. He wrote that the final act could “make more than one jaw drop” and is especially surprising as the film comes from the largest predominantly Muslim country in the world.
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