New York Post
Thanks to Dan for this information!


January 25, 2002 -- 


YET another film that explores the travails of a transplanted 
ethnic group using food as a metaphor, "American Adobo" 
is marinated in clichés and mawkish dialogue. 

The adobo of the title is the garlicky national dish of the 
Philippines, but the food gets put on the back burner as five 
libidinous American-Filipino friends stew in universal 
dilemmas of the heart. 

There's the closeted gay man who takes his traditionalist 
mother to see his dying lover, the vain socialite saddled with 
a philandering lover, an unhappily married newspaper 
editor who yearns to return to Manila and the studly 
womanizer awaiting results of an HIV test (Paolo Montalban, 
one of People's "50 Most Beautiful" of 1998). 

When they're not being shrill and melodramatic, there's a 
certain likability to many of the characters, particularly Tere 
(Cherry Pie Picache), the fortysomething wallflower who 
makes up for a lack of love in her life by cooking for her 

But director Laurice Guillen is just a little too heavy-handed 
with the seasoning. 

Running time: 102 minutes. In English and Tagalog, with 
English subtitles. Rated R (sex, profanity). At the Village 
East, others.