The country’s phenomenal box office star, Vice Ganda, is now up for his third annual comedy film, and from the looks of it, this one is off to break box office records. While Wenn Deramas still helms the newest movie, we get Luis Manzano and Toni Gonzaga as his co-stars via This Guy’s in Love with U Mare!
Lester (Vice Ganda) is in a relationship with Mike (Luis Manzano). However, Mike breaks up with him to pursue a more foreseeable future with his girlfriend, Gemma (Toni Gonzaga). Learning upon this relationship, Lester puts up an act showing a machismo and masculine side to make Gemma fall for him, and in the process, ruin Gemma and Mike’s relationship.
It’s very easy to dismiss all of Wenn Deramas’ works. After all, it uses the same recyclable plots and treatments in his films which makes his body of work very unoriginal and predictable. With that said, this one tends to be a surprise as this one is less ridiculous than the usual, and providing some ( meaning a bit) layers within its storytelling. I must admit I was caught off guard when watching as it shows some breath of fresh air that it’s enough to give the movie a chance.
But of course, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This still contains the usual Deramas fare which at times, work, and at times, miserably fail. There’s the big gang of extras, the copycat scenarios of pop culture references, and the montage of “funny” scenes. But one factor that works in its advantage is the chemistry of the three leads. Vice Ganda can overact in most of the scenes, but he contains this charisma that makes used jokes still acceptable. He’s willing to do anything that this role requires him to do, and it makes the portrayal more ridiculous, but at the same time, effective. I’ve always been a fan of Toni Gonzaga’s acting skills, and this one is another of her good showing both as a comedic and dramatic actress. She knows that it’s a Vice Ganda venue, but she knows how to show her skills without upstaging the lead character. Luis Manzano gets a vital, albeit thankless role, but he was also game with the material that it barely matters.
All in all, while this one contains what one must expect in Wenn Deramas productions, it also contains some fresh potential that I did not see coming at all. With that, I’d give this one more props than the usual and even recommend this.
Rating: 3 / 5