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Alex Gonzaga, Joseph Marco
Director: Emmanuel dela Cruz
MTRCB Rating: PG
Released by: Regal Entertainment Inc.
The love story centers on Rocky’s (Alex) misfortune in her relationships - that of being a consistent rebound girl by her exes. She soon gets tired of her predicament and decides to set rules for herself so as not to be trapped again in such a situation.
Rocky and her friends are setting up their coffee shop business and everyone takes pains in the nitty-gritty details to make it a close to perfect venture.Trying to find that perfect coffee blend takes a major turn in the story.
In comes Rich, a coffee farm grower who wants to salvage their family farm from being sold by his mother. He strikes a deal with Rocky’s group to be its coffee supplier and partner at the same time.
Both Rocky and Rich have just been through their breakups from their respective exes and despite provocation, they try to avoid falling for each other. However, it proves to be easier said than done, as they soon begin to show interest towards each other.
Deliberate or not, it is easy to note that Rocky’s character seems not far-fetched from Alex Gonzaga’s real image and persona. For the most part of the movie, Rocky keeps shouting and making faces, and shouting and making faces again - it’s a challenge to enjoy and be entertained by this movie. Save for the concluding part, there is hardly any scene that Alex’s character is sober. Indeed, there’s a big difference between being cute and being annoying.
Compounding it even more is her bossy character towards her business partners. Rocky seems to have the last say in everything, from the coffee blend to the coffee shop’s paint and interior - everything has to conform to her taste. Now who wants a business partner like that?
My Rebound Girl as per its press release says the movie will inspire people to not give up on love so easily despite the odds. Rich and Rocky are supposed to have fallen for each other but it’s hardly felt as the movie fails to capture that ’romance ’. Making it worse is when his ex, Sophia wants him back and he immediately succumbs to her spell, totally forgetting his commitment to Rocky. What inspiration can be had from that?
The movie is a bore, in fact, most scenes are filled with lengthy and irrelevant scenarios that you struggle not to fall asleep while watching.
Expectedly, Marco’s well-defined abs got its exposure in the movie, but it can only go so far. It cannot salvage the character that is lacking in his performance. For one, he is ill-focused and so self –conscious. It takes more than the physical to get things right – and that’s a no brainer.
Had the movie been carefully well-thought-out, the viewers would have been treated to a fresh-faced and unconventional love team, a breather from the ones we are constantly fed and conditioned to like. Unfortunately, Joseph Marco and Alex Gonzaga just don’t have the chemistry to pull it off.
If at all, the beautiful, refreshing shots at a coffee farm in Benguet prove to be the movie’s redemption.
"My Rebound Girl " also stars Martin Escudero, Mitoy Yonting, Alora Sasam, Nathalie Hart, Pinky Amador, Racquel Villavicencio, Anna Vicente, Carl Guevara, Helga Krapf, Lawrence Yap. Now showing in cinemas