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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Movie Review: The Unmarried Wife

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Main Cast:  Angelica Panganiban, Dingdong Dantes, Paulo Avelino
Director: Maryo J. De Los Reyes
MTRCB Rating: R 13
Released by : Star Cinema

After their beautiful wedding, Anne (Angelica Panganiban) and Geoff (Dingdong Dantes) are the picture of a happy couple in a loving and committed relationship ... until everything begins to crumble.

" The Unmarried Wife " is easily an Angel Panganiban movie, who portrays a career driven woman, while keeping a balance to maintain a happy home for her husband and son.  Turns out, her best isn’t good enough.  

Anne’s  idealism is put to a test when she finds out that Geoff has been cheating on her. But she chooses to turn a blind eye in the beginning, not wanting to compromise her reputation,  work and family.  

Anne’s situation gets more complicated as she gets drowned by the  demands from the workplace made even worse when she begins to entertain the romantic advances of Bryan (Paulo Avelino), who unbeknownst to her has domestic issues as well.  

The narratives in the film revolve around these conflicts, with some of the  scenes and dialogs already seen and uttered before in other movies with similar plots.  Yet there’s no denying that the lead actors in the movie are enough to pique the moviegoers’ interest in the film.

To be fair, Angelica did well, a testament to her multiple awards and citations from her earlier movies, notably – Santa Santita,  One More Try and That Thing Called Tadhana, among others.  However, " The Unmarried Wife " falls short in some aspects.  

The movie is unnecessarily long – all of two hours and ten minutes, often on redundant and lengthy dialogs. You just get bored and tired hearing the word  "sorry" uttered so many times within minutes apart.   

Yes, it is dragging at times, more so when you expect much from Dingdong’s performance yet you leave the cinema wanting more from him. Similarly,  Paulo isn’t any different either. His attack on his character as Anne’s obsessive lover borders on one that has a mental problem, his eyes and moves say it all. However, Denise Laurel and Maricar Reyes’ performances, albeit in cameo roles, impacted more.  

Thankfully, the musical score and Juris’ ’ Someday’ help save the day. Likewise, the support characters - Anne’s close friends and her company team providing the laughs and entertainment.  

The matter of marital infidelity and betrayal is serious business. It’s easy to think you will step out of the door once your spouse cheats on you, but when confronted with the reality of divorce or dissolving your marriage, the stakes are really high…more so in our double standard culture.  

Overcoming the devastation of betrayal is never easy, it isn’t. But it can be worked on. In fact, many a couple have decided to stay married after surviving the many storms in their marriage.

Has the film properly addressed the issue of infidelity? Find out for yourself.  

The Unmarried Wife also stars Dimples Romana, Irma Adlawan, Justin Cuyugan, Martin Escudero, Pamu Pamorada, now showing in cinemas.

106 comments:

  1. Akala ko Dingdong was chesting on Angelica with Paulo.

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  2. Dingdong scouting or letting himself to be starred in Star Cinema is for him to get nuggets in acting wit these bankable stars of ABS and for his plan to be a director or producer someday. Like Marian, Dong is just a hype of GMA. He's not really a good actor but GMA has no choice but to make her and Marian big especially when richard gutierrez left.

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    1. Ano daw? her and marian?

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    2. True naman na hindi magaling si Ding Dong, naging leading man material lang siya dahil sa kanyang looks. Hindi siya bagay na supporting cast kasi he stands out pero hindi din siya magaling na actor.

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    3. He and marian baka naman namali at nalagyan ng r, tama naman, sila ni Marian hindi magaling umarte ngunit sa kawalan ng artista ng GMA push lang sila. Si Dingdong kinakain ng mga artista ng ABS pero siya naka dilat parin. No wonder this is Angelica's movie.

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    4. bland ang acting nya, same with Marian. magagandang nilalang lang talaga. pero pagdating sa actingan, sabaw.

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    5. Haha dame ko tawa sa when Richard Gutierrez left mo teh. As if kawalan si koya. Workshop sa acting please lang.

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    6. Muntik na akong mahulog sa upuan ko nung nabasa ko ang Richard Guttierrez mo. Yun talaga ang parang tuod ang acting. Tagal na sa business wala pa ring maibuga. Dong is much better than him in all aspects. Hindi siya kawalan sa GMA. Good riddance nga eh.

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    7. di maka mive on si baks ke koya rechard hahaha... ang valentine box office king daw ng kaH aun nakarma nilangaw ang movie

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    8. Siguro ang sinasabi ni 12:47 si Richard Gutierrez lang leading man sa Gma noon at sumikat din siya kaya noong umalis siya si ding dong ginawa nilang leading man sa Gma PERO pareho silang hindi magaling umarte pero pang leading man ang ichura nila at matinee idol sila noon

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    9. Alin? Si Richard Gutierrez na di maibuka ang bibig pag nagsasalita. Laging kunot ang noo na acting? Jusme naman.

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    10. Movie Queen talaga si Angelica. Ang lakas ng TUW. From horror, comedy, drama, romcom at kahit sa indie ay hits din at talagang ang galing sa acting. Indie film na TTCT kumita din at ang daming awards. Award-winning din ang mga indie films niya. Ganyan dapat ang binibigyan ng title na Movie Queen, nag eexcel kahit anong genre atsaka & hindi same lang ang acting- VERSATILITY.

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    11. Mhmm si 1215 may pinapatamaan na "movie queen" wahahahaha. In fairness mas magaling nga at mas bagay ang title na movie queen kay angge kesa dun sa isa na umaasa lang sa love team para magka box office hit. Sorry not sorry.

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    12. Sana talaga bumalik yung panahon na umaarte exclusively sa movies ang mga artista at hindi gumagawa ng mga primetime teleseryes. IMO, iba pa rin ang prestige ng movies.

      On topic, si Angelica ang nagdala ng buong pelikula. Maayos din ang supporting cast.

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    13. Well may hatak nman tlga ung totoong movie queen, at ung sinasabi niong di movie queen kuno never naging supporting or kontrabida in any role. Star magic queen pa. Hahhahaha

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  3. Oh well ano pang aasahan kay Dingdong. Ang tagal ng artista pero wala pa rin. Sinuwerte lang talaga at naipair kay Marian sa Marimar.

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    1. Lisik acting si Dong. Pasigaw acting si Marian.

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    2. Kung d dahil kay marian waley na 2 c dingdong eh #fact

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    3. nonetheless, milyonarya at milyonaryo sila. blessed with cute baby, patuloy na pinagkakatiwalaan sa mga projects, tumutulong sa kapwa. Higit sa lahat, MASAYA.

      kayo at ako, hanggang Anon lang. saklap db? hahaha

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    4. iisang tao lang itong laging nag co comment about nanlilisik na mata. paulit ulit na lang. yet ang dongyan sikat na sikat pa rin. Yung mga kasabayan nila nagsitabaan na at nakakalbo na. Yung iba naman naninigas na sa freezer.

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    5. well infairness kay papa D daming pwedeng maging leading man sa movie yet ung acting nia ang laging kinukuha at sc pa ha!

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    6. 3:44 Mayaman nga sila at happy life nila. Good for them. Ang kulang na lang siguro ang mahiya sila kasi ang laki ng pasahod sa kanila tapos walang kwenta pa rin ang acting.

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    7. 2:20 ahahahahaha sapul na sapul.

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    8. speak for yourself @2:20. siguro laos na tabachoy na ang idols mo kaya sobra bitter mo.

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    9. malaki pasahod sa kanila dahil malaki rin ang kinikita sa kanila...sa isip mo lang na hindi sila magaling umarte kung ung mga foreign audience nga nadadala sa emosyon nila ... ibig sabihin mayroon silang ibubuga sa actingan...

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    10. @ 2:20, mag ipon ka ng pera pamproduce at bigyan ng projects ang artistang sa tingin mo ay mahuhusay. It's not as if pinagpipilitan nila ang sarili nila na kunin sa bawat projects. Nasan ang common sense? it's all about preference dear. Nagkataon lang, wala kang pera pambayad ng talent fee at yung idol mo ay walang project.

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  4. Kelan matatapos ang plot na ganito? No difference from Maricel Soriano classics to the most recent No Other Woman na sinundan ng A Secret Affair at seryeng The Legal Wife. Oo na, gets na naming loko loko ang mga lalaki at kaladkarin ang mga babae. Tama na ho.

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    1. You forgot The Mistress, The Love Affair and Temptation of Wife naman sa GMA. Lol

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    2. Dont forget too then unforgettabe Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real with Maricel Soriano's bravura acting. Who can forget the 23 slaps she bestowed on Dingdong? Both of them won an award.

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    3. panoorin mo muna bago ka kumuda

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  5. I watched na this.

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  6. I've already watched it and grabe. Grabe lang talaga. Tagos eh. It exceeded my expections. Sobrang galing ng acting nakakadala talaga. Di nakakapagtaka na naka 17m first day.

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  7. DENISE LAUREL is the best actress of the movie! Just wow!!!

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    1. K. Bagay naman sa kanya role niya lol

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  8. Medyo nakulangan ako sa acting ni Angelica. Hmmm. Not her best.

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  9. Ganda ng movie..done watching

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  10. Masnatuwa pa ako sa comedy scenes ni angelica than sa drama hysterics niya.

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  11. Hmmmm. Mukhang pinapauso ni Angelica ang kayang signature acting tone. Kapag nagtatanong siya ng "mahal mo ba siya?". Para malinya kay Nora at Jacklyn na may trademark

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    1. Nothing's wrong with that naman.

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  12. Totoo ang hype. Sobrang sulit ng 270 pesos ko.

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    1. Ganon ba 227 lang ang Fantastic Beasts...

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    2. 300 nga sa powerplant mga bes

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  13. Hay nako, nakatulog ako, pramis!

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    1. dapat di ka na nagising

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    2. Hahahaha 10.27

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  14. Pelikula ni angelica ito, sobrang haba lang kainaman. Medyo kinulang nga si Dingdong. Pero si Maricar at Denise pasabog! Magaling din si Irma Adlawan!!!

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    1. I totally agree with you. :)

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  15. Si Angelica ung tipo ng artista talaga na tatagal sa industriya. Great acting lng puhunan, hindi dependent sa lovetem loveteam. Versatility at its finest. Sa future, I see julia montes in her.

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    1. Julia Montes is so-so lang. Akala mong magaling umakting, but hanggang sigawan, dead eyes lang as usual, whereas Angelica's acting has continuously improved. No need to shout to prove a point that she's either angry, hurt or betrayed.

      Hope Star Cinema will push a movie with Angelica and JLC. Brilliante Mendoza ang director or kung sino mang magaling na independent directors out there.

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    2. Yes. Julia Montes is the next Angelica Panganiban.

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    3. Yes Angelica JLC for a heavy drama movie please! Yun ang kaabang abang

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    4. malayo pa ang pwedeng mapuntahan ng acting ni Julia, she's young and mag iimprove pa. si angelica, what can I say? madam! lol. inangkin nya talaga ang movie na to. drama, comedy - bow. galling!

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    5. Agree with 2:26. Medyo kulang pa sa depth ang acting ni Julia Montes siguro dahil bata pa siya at kulag sa hugot from life exp. pero sa generation niya, siya ang pinaka may potential. Galing niya sa doble kara.

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    6. 2:26 Depends kung friends na lang sila. Ayaw ni John Lloyd makatrabaho ang mga girlfriend niya. Kung mangyari yan ibig sabihin friends na lang sila

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    7. Julia is a great actress. At gagaling siya lalo as time goes by

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  16. Kinulang. Kinulang talaga. Kinulang ako ng popcorn at tissue sa sobrang haba ng pelikula nakakaloka! Di ko na alam ipampupunas ko sa luha at sipon ko nung bandang dulo na. Pati free tissue sa popcorn pinatos ko na.

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  17. Angelica deserves an acting award for this. Siya talaga nagdala ng pelikula. Pakahusay.

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  18. Habang pinapanood ko parang naramdaman ko na naloko rin ako (kahit hindi pa ko naloko ng lalake irl). Ganun yung pakiramdam madadala ka talaga. Nagandahan ako sa movie. Yun nga lang mahaba siya.

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    1. Weh? Bakit nbsb ka ate?

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    2. 4:13 hindi porket ilang beses ka na naloko idadamay mo na lahat ng babae or lalaki.

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    3. 2:01 swerte mo ate sobra. Ako palagi kaya dalang dala na ko :(

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  19. yung acting ni paulo di na nagbago

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  20. I don't find Di gdong a good actor. So-so lang like Marian. Eye candies but blah acting.

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    1. weh?mas over pa sa so so ang acting ng idols mo inggit lang kayo dahil legit na patok iyong movie

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    2. 12:49 maipasok lang teh? kaloka

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    3. Like them both pero totoo. Kahit sa Carmela na soap nila ni Alden mas umangat ang akting nung isa kahit na mas matagal na umaakting si Marian. Siguro dahil wala siyang masyadong hugot dahil masaya ang life niya lololol

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    4. True! Marunong umarte si Dong and Marian, pero hindi mahusay despite being in the industry years.

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  21. one more try part 2

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  22. Well deserved drama queen title *slow clap*

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  23. sorry, d ako manonood nito. kasi alam ko nang sobrang luma na ng plot at paulit-ulit na rin ang dialogue kagaya sa ibang movies. Sana ibang istorya naman. tapos Dingdong and Paulo, commercial pa lang, hindi na interesting. sorry...

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    1. sorry rin hindi mo mapapanood kung gaano kaganda ang movie

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    2. True, 10:28. I thought I would just sleep inside the cinema but I was surprised na the whole time, I did not have any idea what the ending was going to be. And I was right, the ending was something I did not expect.

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  24. Panget ang muvi waley. Waley waaaaaahhhhh

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  25. Ako sobrang nagandahan at nasapul kahit mahaba sya at least worth it for me!! Kaya naka 17M deserved nila yan

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  26. I beg to disagree pero mas malaki na improved ni dong sa movie nato

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  27. Galing na galing ako sa akting netong si angge, kung yung iba dinadaan sa sigaw sya kahit di pa magsalita ramdam na ramdam mo..

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    1. Heartbroken si ate kaya relate na relate sa mga lines. Sabi pa nga niya na minsan gusto na niya umiyak sa eksena kahit hindi pa puwede umiyak kasi may lines pa.

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  28. Maganda ang movie! Magaling Dingdong & Angelika!

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  29. Dingdong is a good actor.. hindi over the top, more of a controlled and restrained acting..may tao naman ganyan sa totoong buhay..

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    1. Dizagree! Methinks he is a Ham actor. My goodness, tagal na nya sa industry.

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    2. 10:38 ano ba gusto mong acting?! Ung masyadong OA?! Bitter ka lng k dong, kaya kahit OK acting nya me masasabi ka pa rin!

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    3. Gusto ni 10:38 seguro yung konting kibot lang tulo luha na kaagad ang lalaki

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    4. Controlled and restrained acting ba talaga or sadyang walang improvement over the years?

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    5. 2:07 /10:38 he has best actor trophies to prove it .. kanya kanya lang taste yan.. if you think he is a ham actor then so be it..

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    6. Restrained acting or talagang wala lang depth ang acting? Ilang taon na syang umaarte, wala pa ring pinagbago at iisa lang ang atake.

      Acting awards? Anong award-giving bodies ba ito? Ibase natin sa kalidad, hindi sa bilang ng award.

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    7. 11:58 asian tv awards nomination bes...wala naman credible na ngaun sa pilipinas

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    8. Lol, minsan habang sinasabi niya yung lines niya inaantay ko sabihin niya sa huli na dream believe survive starstruck hahahaha parang pareho lang kasi siya nung naghohost at umaakting

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  30. KULANG ANG LOVE SCENE!BITIN!!!

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  31. Daming kuda sa acting ni Dingdong nakakaloka mga tao. Sa tingin ko nag improve naman acting niya although andun pa rin talaga yung signature eye nuances niya pag umaarte. Pero si Angelica talaga ang revelation sa movie na to. Hayerp sa aktingan!

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    1. hindi revelation si angelica dahil matagal na nating alam na magaling sya talaga. remarkable na syafrom santa santita, a love story, I love you goodbye, that thing called tadhana and her latest nga na the unmarried wife.hello, famas best actress na sya no.

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  32. Anu yung favorite hugot ninyo sa movie??

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    1. Naloka ako sa QC ka pala, bagay ka kasi sa Makati. Hahhaa!

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  33. mas magaling si dingdong sa one more try :)

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  34. As usual nabanoan ako sa acting ni dantes.

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    1. di mo pala gusto acting niya eh bakit nagsayang ka ng pera pambayad sa ticket. If I know hindi ka talaga nanood kasi wala kang pera hahahaha

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  35. saw the movie today and it was good. for me, magaling sina dingdong at amgelica pati si paulo. good job. congrats direk maryo, star cinema and to the scriptwriter too.

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  36. Nahurt ako sa movie, parang ako ang niloloko ng asawa 😭

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  37. Grabe si Angge ang intense ng acting lalo na yung gigil na gigil sya nung nahuli nya si Dingdong sa office nya nagchecheat for the first time. Kinilabutan ako ng malala kasi walang sigaw, walang pagwawala or lines pero gigil na gigil sya from the inside. Grabe ang hugot. Ramdal na ramdam kahit di sya magsalita. Wow.

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  38. Gusto q sana manood pero ayaw ng bf q kasi kawawa xa pag napanood q to..iaapply q na naman sa kanya yung mga lines and sintements dito..hahahahaah

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  39. ang ganda ng movie. mula bida hanggang supporting cast. sa akin saktong sakto acting nila. at okay si dingdong, lalaking lalaki ang kilos at tama sa personality nya bilang si geoff ang characterization nya. at ang dami ring tao. at siempre bow ako kay angelica. so far, ang mga hits ni angelica ay ang kapartner sina dingdong at jm. dati nyang naging movie partners sina jlc (24/7 love), piolo, jericho, derek, vhong.

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  40. watched the film..acting for everyone's just right..trust me

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  41. Napanuod ko na rin movie, though cliche, may mga kulang, plot holes and medyo ambiguous, the story itself is good. May mga matutunan ka and marerealize na hindi masyadong inoopen up. Like:

    > woman/wife is always perceived to be perfect in all aspects and there's no room for failure and imperfections
    > How a man's infidelity is common and acceptable, whereas a woman is being condemned for doing so
    > How a mother tolerates a wrongful act eventhough others are being stepped down

    and so on.. it's not about the characters or their acting prowess, it's about having an open mind..

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  42. I saw the movie. It was good. Magaling si Angelica. Pwede sya sa drama, comedy, horror and action. Sya na ang pinaka versatile actress of our time. Ang galing ang atake nya dito sa TUW. Na bother lang ako sa kuko ni Paolo Avelino, ang dumi

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