Just in time to exploit Broadway’s ”Saturday Night Fever,” Miramax has released That’s the Way I Like It, a made-in-Singapore salute to the original 1977 movie. Hock (Adrian Pang), a grocery clerk, becomes obsessed with disco after seeing a splashy movie musical. But writer-director Glen Goei doesn’t use any actual ”SNF” footage of John Travolta in his signature white suit.
Instead, it’s a lame reenactment called ”Forever Fever,” scored with cover versions of the Bee Gees tunes, that becomes Hock’s touchstone. Cute, but there’s no movie here – just a transcultural replication, with Hock’s family doing original ”SNF” scenes almost line for line. Despite the America-friendly ”Singlish” dialogue, which requires only occasional subtitles, the conceit doesn’t export well.