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REVIEW: This Guy’s in Love with U Mare!   1 comment


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


REVIEW: Moron 5 and the Crying Lady   5 comments

GOOD NEWS: Wenn Deramas did not direct the last Tanging Ina movie.

BAD NEWS: He came up with this, instead.

The latest offering of Viva Films is heavily inspired from the Indian movie 3 Idiots. Only this time, it’s thrice the idiocy and ridiculousness without the heart and emotional impact. Five childhood friends named Michael Angelo Marcos (Mart Escudero), Isaac Estrada (Billy Crawford), Albert Macapagal (Luis Manzano), Mozart Twister Aquino (DJ Durano), and Aristotle Ramos (Marvin Agustin) were imprisoned after being  accused of killing the father of another childhood classmate, Becky Pamintuan (John Lapuz). Truth is, they were just framed up by Pamintuan as a revenge for accidentally revealing that Becky is a former man who underwent an operation to marry the Japanese he likes.

In true Deramas fashion, this movie offered nothing new. Were there funny moments?  Yes, there’s one that involves a monologue by John Lapuz near the end of the movie. Other than that, it is a chop suey of past scenes from different Deramas movies. Most of the jokes were recycled and old fashioned, and not even the actors can rise above this terrible material. In another true Deramas fashion, you’ll feel as if the leads were exposed by requiring them to do underwear scenes while gyrating their bodies just like in Praybeyt Benjamin and Petrang Kabayo. The movie tried to make it interesting with the special twist in Becky’s character; however, it wasn’t enough to save this movie from the cliche one after the other.

Luis Manzano works in this role particularly because it does not require him to do much but to adlib and give his cutesy looks to the camera. Billy Crawford was just his usual giddy self. Marvin Agustin is probably acting his storyline if Ina Montecillo gave his eldest son to his aunt. DJ Durano is just too old to play a high school student… no scratch that. He’s too old to play even a repeater of high school. I find myself engaged the most with Martin Escudero, even though it’s a given that he’s already the best actor among he group. While it may seem that he’s somewhat awkward at the beginning, you can see how he gels with the rest of the group as the film progressed. John Lapuz wasn’t given much to do, although he sold the most out of it every time he appears on screen.

While there are films that are simply made to entertain the hell out of us, Moron 5 and the Crying Lady doesn’t belong on that list. It also does not belong to those genius comedy mainstream films. All in all, it’s a simple yet costly reminder on what not to do if you try to write and direct a comedy film.

Grade: D