Bland, boring, and unfunny. Rufa Mae Quinto deserved so much better. Who wanted to see her oh so serious?
I couldn’t believe that Ang Huling Henya was from the same guy that gave us Ang Babae sa Septic Tank. They were on opposite ends of the comedy spectrum.
Quinto’s one of our finest comediennes but she just wasn’t in her element here. Booba’s not funny when she’s smart.
Aside from a clever bit involving Shaira Luna, Jessica Zafra and “Sen. Miriam”, the movie was almost devoid of laughs.
(Originally published August 21, 2013.)
It was the Ang Babae sa Septic Tank of local rom-coms that needed a bit more smart humor. As a Star Cinema production, I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t have the balls to completely bite the hands that financed it (most of the in-jokes focused on their posters).
Instead, it poked fun at recent non-SC love stories (albeit some were brutally spot-on, like that Ocean Deep montage ala Kita Kita or the awkward beach dancing ala Mr. and Mrs. Cruz). Seriously, they chose Arci Muñoz in the lead and not a single callback from Always Be My Maybe or Can We Still Be Friends? Wasted opportunity.
Muñoz was irritating in the kooky Issa character, but fared better as the serious Mayessa. JM de Guzman was just okay. Both performances lacked that “wink wink” factor that made Eugene Domingo in Septic Tank and Klaudia Koronel in Tuhog hilariously brilliant.
Plus half a star each for the use of (what I assumed were) the director’s real Balanghais and that Baby Arjan reference.
I’m surprised by all the hate and backlash that this movie received after winning the top plum in last year’s Cinemalaya.
Former admirers started complaining that it didn’t hold up well in repeat viewings. Staunch critics further lambasted the film for being shallow and reductive. Regular moviegoers either didn’t get the jokes or found it repetitive and boring.
All these made me love the movie even more. It may not be perfect but it was a brutal, fearless, and brilliant take on the current indie filmmaking scene.
Eugene Domingo was in top form (why the local award-giving bodies failed to recognize this performance remains a mystery).
Everything related to Pinoy indie poverty porn did not go unscathed. It’s simply one of the best movies of 2011.