Goodbye Mr. Loser
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Goodbye Mr. Loser (Chinese: 夏洛特煩惱)
A 2015 Chinese comedy film directed by Yan Fei and Peng Damo, and starring Shen Teng, Ma Li, Yin Zheng, Ai Lun, Wang Zhi, Tian Yu, Song Yang, Chang Yuan and Li Ping. The film is based on a play of the same name. It was released on September 30, 2015. Some critics have accused the film of containing similar plot elements as the 1986 American film Peggy Sue Got Married. The directors later denied these allegations.
Unemployed amateur musician Xia Luo (夏洛, Shen Teng) attends the wedding of Qiu Ya (秋雅, Wang Zhi), his high school crush. He overdrinks, makes an inebriated declaration of love to Qiu Ya, and angers his wife Ma Dongmei (马冬梅, Ma Li), who publicly shames him for being a poor provider and husband.
After causing chaos as his wife pursues him through the wedding hall, Xia Luo locks himself into a bathroom at the wedding venue, flies into a rage of self-hatred and passes out, waking up in his teenage body in his middle-school classroom in 1997. After impulsively beating up his teacher, setting fire to the classroom, and kissing Qiu Ya, he jumps out a window to end the dream, but after waking up in hospital still in 1997, is forced to make the best of things.
At the moment of his death, Xia Luo is thrown back into the original timeline in the wedding venue bathroom where he realizes that Ma Dongmei is the true love of his life. He runs back into the room and embraces her, which he continues to do as they are both arrested and taken to the local police station. He resumes his normal life much as before but with a new devotion to Ma Dongmei.
The film contains many references to Chinese popular culture in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including cameo appearances and depictions of well-known pop stars of that era. Some celebrities appear as themselves (including Jay Chou as a talent show contestant who performed a song Xia Luo had allegedly written, in reality one that Xia Luo had plagiarized from him), whilst others are depicted through stand-ins (for instance, Miss Na, who talent-spots Xia Luo in the new 1997 timeline).
Running Time: 104 mins