Mom, Don’t Do It!: A New Comedy Series on Netflix

zYou’re colourful, you’re too loud, you’re too glowy and you’re too heavy – all this is the Taiwanese comedy series with the impractical title “Mom, Don’t Do It!”. However, no, because of it, it can bring a lot of joy to the viewer. Based on the book “My Mother’s Interracial Marriage” by author Chen Mingmin, the series tells the story of three women from three generations – mother Wang Mi Mi (of predatory magic: Billy Wang) and her two daughters Ru Rong. (Alyssa Chia) and Ro-Min (Chia-yen Ko) – who have lost something: their partner Mi Mi, their daughters and their father.

Their relationships are complex, too. Not only among themselves. Mi Mi is trying an affair. Her daughter Rong, the author of several romance novels such as “Marry a Rich Man” or “Five Athletes and a Locker Room”, has nothing but much indignation at her supposedly naive mother. He’s dating ugly baby Ruo-Min ne’er-do-well Cha (Austin Lin), whom Ru-rong describes as an insect and parasite.

Three women and a bet

And so, through an argument in which all beat each other with accusations that the other has no control over his life, the bet is born that the one who succeeds in obtaining a man for the first time will finance her peace and quiet and an outward journey paid for by the losers while the others are supposed to kneel repentant at their father’s grave.

Instantly, Mei Mei makes herself twenty years younger on a dating portal, while Ru-rong, who earns her expenses with a teacher job, first tries to sell her mother a lesbian romance. Only Ruo-Min bravely grabbed her smiling “parasite”, who soon lives as a fifth wheel in Wang’s house.

Admittedly, the experience of watching Taiwanese soap operas or sitcoms is limited. In addition, “Mom, don’t do that!” had to be shown. In the original text with a translation – which, however, does not detract from the fun. On the contrary, it may well be that the series, seen through a kind of grotesqueness and linguistic filtering, is viewed with more leniency than one would allow for an American or German production.

Because in reality everything is unfamiliar at first to exhaustion: the speed of the word war is reflected in the scrolling of subtitles, while deceptive elements such as animated flowers, filter effects, and slow motion are applied with a thickness that makes one’s head spin. At the same time, every gesture, every sentence, every facial expression is accompanied by the effect of cartoonish noises – horns, moans, whistles – as if the makers did not trust the sense of humor in their work. The amazing thing is that all tech stuff works here because it’s precisely timed and makes abstract feelings and emotions visible as a kind of “augmented reality” rather than just masking bad lines.

You can get rid of it. Anyone who shares will experience how creatives in Taiwan approach the topic of dealing with grief. Because the deceased paterfamilias of course hovers above all that his family does.

A beautiful scene with a love lesson

However, the high intensity of the effects can only work thanks to the acting performance and interaction of Billy Wang, Alisa Chia and Chia Yen Kou. When Xia’s eyes moved back and forth in an angry manner during an argument with Ku, as if there were three versions of her playing partner standing in front of her, then one would think that the two really grew up together. But the whole thing isn’t a room play that only unfolds in the three ladies’ crowded apartment. Mom, don’t do that! It is a scenic extravaganza that has learned as much from Japanese animation, ghost movies, and video games as from American cartoons and teen series. The subtle advertising moments of a Japanese supermarket chain can be overlooked because it really occupies a solid place in daily life in Taiwan.

Aside from the consumer delusion, the inclined audience also learns something about love: “I love you,” the older explains to her younger sister, “It can have two meanings: Either, I want you to do something for me. Or I want to do something for you. So what What can the viewer do for this series?

Mom, don’t do that! It works on Netflix, but not currently on the German show.

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