Because so many of the loosely connected episodes which constitute the better part of Winners and Sinners are essentially comedy sketches, and these are not themselves equally enjoyable, the movie, as a whole, is extremely uneven. Luckily, some of its skits are genuinely entertaining. The most amusing of these routines, for example, revolves around the mistaken belief of one of the characters that he has learned how to make himself invisible. He wanders naked through the house he shares with his friends attempting to play pranks on them, although it is actually he who is the victim of a prank they are playing. One of the action sequences towards the end of the film is also genuinely enjoyable. It includes a number of outrageously exaggerated and almost hilarious parodies of the conventions of Hong Kong kung fu movies. Unfortunately, most of the remaining episodes are less interesting. One, in which Jackie Chan kills a turtle, is extremely distasteful. Another, in which the friends are shown working and bonding to the accompaniment of music, is excessively sugary. The majority, however, are just dull.
The movie is, sadly, filled with flaws. Even Jackie Chan's appearances are distracting. His character is completely tangential to the rest of the film and appears to have been included for the sole purpose of attaching Chan's name to the movie.
While Winners and Sinners does have a few humorous scenes, it is neither clever nor well crafted.
Review by Keith Allen
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