SOLTERA (Jerry Lopez Sineneng, 1999)

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It was only apt that in this movie about a jaded spinster, the most touching moment involved her spending her anniversary not with her younger boyfriend, but with her gay bff (along the fresh waters of Manila Bay).

Originally planned as a local version of Fatal Attraction, it fortunately took a different turn and ended up as a blatant push for feminism.

I really liked how it tackled relationship issues stemming from a huge age gap and class differences (“Ayaw ko ng paintings, gusto ko comics! Ayaw ko ng opera, gusto ko sine!”).

I also realized that I was a total control freak like Sandra (Maricel Soriano) when she started correcting her boyfriend’s grammar and pronunciation.

This made me feel really old when one of the discussions revolved around the Y2K scare and the “centennial” bug (“Ni-correct ko naman ah! MI-LI-NYUM!!”). Huhu facepalm.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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