Star Cinema’s entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival is the runaway winner in the box office. It’s not surprising as the studio is already adept at producing quality films that appeal to a wide audience. Even though they follow a strict formula, it seems that they have done it well.
Vince (Joshua Garcia) has a crush on Kath (Julia Barretto), his schoolmate, but has been adamant about admitting it to her. On the other hand, Kath has a crush on James (Ronnie Alonte), a varsity player who also happens to be Vince’s cousin. Things get complicated when James asks his cousin to help him win her affection. What ensues is a romantic comedy following the footsteps of classics like Got 2 Believe. I know Star Cinema did this on purpose because they cast a Barretto in it and they even featured the film in the movie. I can’t blame them for the nostalgia as the scene where Vince and Kath talk over Got 2 Believe is my favorite in the film. James even mimics Dominic Ochoa’s entrance unknowingly interrupting his cousin and his girlfriend’s moment.
Now, this movie also draws inspiration from another Star Cinema project, Crazy, Beautiful You which starred Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo. However, Daniel’s character has a step-brother played by Iñigo Pascual while Vince is living with his cousin and his parents because his mother (Ina Raymundo) is already with another man (Joshua Zamora). This is what the studio does best – tweaking their movies by changing locations, using different actors and actresses, coming up with witty one-liners, etc.
I am not taking away anything from their three stars, though, especially Joshua Garcia who seems to be channeling both Rico Yan and John Lloyd Cruz. Julia Barretto has shown tremendous improvement in her acting. Ronnie Alonte succeeds in being the guy you love to hate. The supporting cast also did good. I have to give props to Maris Racal who brings to life Maxine, Kath’s crazy best friend.
The ending could’ve been executed better. I was expecting Vince to come up with an amazing six-word sentence to pacify Kath but the phrase he came up with was cheesy. Plus, they didn’t need to hug it out. A shot of their handshake as they are re-introducing themselves to one another would have sufficed. But that’s just me and the team did a wonderful job in making this film.
Watch this if you’re looking for a feel-good, well-done romantic comedy. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.