Here at Language Log, we have several times discussed Li Yang's Crazy
English: Crazy English, Crazy English again, and A Sane Survey of Crazy English. Now there is an excellent movie from Singapore entitled "Mad about English." Here I provide a trailer for the movie and a clip of a phenomenal policeman featured in the film who not only can say "Welcome to Beijing" in more languages than I can count, but who also can talk like a New York gangster. First the multilingual cop:
And now the trailer:
I met Lian Pek, the director of "Mad about English," in Singapore, and she told me that not a single actor in the film was a professional. Moreover, none of the scenes were rehearsed, so the movie has an amazing sense of verisimilitude. I brought the whole film back with me on a DVD and watched it together with my wife last weekend. Li-ching was so rapt by the unrehearsed performances of the nonprofessional actors that she stood throughout the whole one and a half hours — one moment convulsed with laughter, the next weeping with empathy as the taxi driver, the old Chinese doctor, the little girl, the salespersons, and other Beijing citizens earnestly struggled to wrap their mouths, tongues, and throats around English with all of its complicated consonants and vowels. As for me, I was glued to my seat two feet from the TV screen, totally mesmerized by so much lovable earnestness.