So… Happy Gay Together

This film stars the oh-so-annoying Kris Aquino, the brilliant Eric Quizon, and the more irritating Jennylyn Mercado, Yasmien Kurdi, Jay-ar, Mark Herras and Rainier Castillo. Hmmm… do I smell Starstruck blood here? This film is produced under Regal Films which is quite obvious even if you do not see its famous logo where the R and the crown actually means “Reyna ng MMFF” (in English: Queen of Metro Manila Film Festival) since they have 3 entries to the said film festival. Joel Lamangan directed this film.

The story is about friendship of Lianne (Kris Aquino) and Osmond (Eric Quizon). The movie starts with a gay parade where Lianne and Osmond met because Lianne was already interrupting the parade for criticizing the dress worn by one of them. In this film, you’d see issues such as a gay in an office setup, gay lovers and some issues like having a dysfunctional family, being left by a lover, parents being unusually strict, and a lot more.

Even though there are some parts that instigated me to give a What-a-la-Dove-commercial reaction, the story in general is a good one since it really emphasized on their friendship. Their friendship can be described as the grow-old-with-you type. There are some dialogues in the film that are witty and funny. For example, Osmond said (referring to Lianne),

“Parang instant coffee ma-in love… Isang sawsaw pa lang… go na…”

I hope I remembered the last few words correct. Hehe! Also, there are some issues in friendship being tackled such as the insecurity of one friend towards another because the other was an achiever. In addition to that, you’d see how they are generous to each other.

I still can’t figure out why a nagger role would always go to Kris Aquino. They could always get another actress like Lorna Tolentino or Maricel Soriano. Jay-ar could have been replaced by someone else and that goes the same for the Starstruck people. I could not feel what they have to feel in the way they say their dialogues. Only Eric Quizon and Nova Villa (played the role of Osmond’s mute mother) have truly performed their roles well.

However, there are still unnecessary scenes in the movie and some lines in the dialogue as well. Chunkee corned beef does it again. Does Gloria Diaz have to say Chunkee Corned beef when she could just say corned beef. Also, they really have to focus the camera on the product.

In the last part of the film, it was so obvious that the budget was almost used up. Just imagine this, receiving a trophy that looks like carton that is painted with gold. My golly, can’t they buy a decent trophy at Recto? Or, they could have just borrowed a decent-looking trophy.

Lastly, the editing is not that good. It needs more polishing.

Story: 4 out of 5
Casting: 2 out of 5
Heartwarming factor: 4 out of 5
Laughing factor: 4 out of 5
Production: 2 out of 5

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