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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Movie Review: Can’t Help Falling In Love

Image courtesy of Instagram: starcinema

Movie Review by Atty.  Ferdinand S. Topacio

ABS-CBN Films (2017)

Starring: Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Matteo Guidicelli, Cherry Pie Picache, Lito Pimentel, Lotlot De Leon, Dennis Padilla, Kristel Fulgar

Written by Carmi Raymundo and Kristine Gabriel

Directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar

CAN’T HELP FALLING ASLEEP…

Imagine every rom-com trope: love at first sight, a would-be bride having doubts in tying the knot; a potentially fatal disease; a wealthy but controlling fiancé; a poor boy with a heart of gold; and a good girl trying to better her humble family’s lot. Put it in a blender, put on “puree”, and there you have the plot for “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, the latest offering from the formidable KathNiel tandem.

The plot is totally so-so, as in middling, and as in “same old, same old”. Kathryn Bernardo plays Gabriela, a young woman of simple stock betrothed to Matteo Guidicelli’s character Jason, a young, wealthy Filipino lawyer reviewing for the New York bar. During a mass wedding officiated by the mayor of an undefined town, where Gabriela was part of the wedding entourage of a friend, Daniel Padilla’s Dos (short for Jose Ibarra Gonzales), who is the mayor’s friend, sees Gabriela (called Gab for short) and is instantly attracted. In the ensuing party for her newlywed friend, Dos and Gabriela providentially meet again. After having one too many drinks with the mayor’s clique, Dos and Gabriela, in a drunken moment of madness, sign a wedding contract partly in jest.

The movie then goes on fast forward. Jason and Gabriela, through internet audio-video link, finalize plans for their wedding. In preparation, Gab is required by the wedding planner to produce a “CENOMAR” or “Certificate of No Marriage”. In complying, Gab is aghast to find out that what she thought was a sham marriage, was in fact registered by one of the mayor’s staffer.

Never mind that in real life, that “marriage" would have been void from the start due to lack of a marriage license. This is a Filipino movie after all, where a healthy dose of suspension of disbelief is in order. To Gab, the marriage to Dos being legal, it had to be annulled if the wedding to Jason is to push through. Panic-stricken, she turns to Dos for help. At first reluctant and displaying that devil-may-care attitude that Daniel Padilla does so well (being the only thing he does well), Dos’ heart melts as he sees Gab looking so desperate. They consult a caricature of a lawyer, who gives them the grounds for annulment. They try each one out one by one: impotence on the part of Dos, insanity on the part of Gab, lesbianism again on the part of Gab: each one is scripted farcically and leads to some mayhem. In the end, the only recourse left is to look for a witness to say that the marriage was never intended to be real, which proves difficult because the mayor and all those present in the mock wedding have died in a car crash shortly after. All except one. It is the search for that sole witness that leads to the movie’s catharsis.

As intimated above, the movie is trite, banal and formulaic, with writing so stilted it was more likely to provoke smiles than sympathy in the dramatic scenes. The story arc is such a continuous déjà vu that anyone who had any familiarity with Filipino films can see a plot twist coming a mile away. It is a disappointing throwback to simplistic rom-coms that I thought films like “Always Be My Maybe” and “English Only Please” have irretrievably left behind. This movie is nothing but an episode of “Maala-Ala Mo Kaya” stretched to feature proportions, which appears to be all that its director strove to achieve.

It was not all bad, of course. The movie is gorgeously photographed, and the musical scoring is spot-on, always complementary, never over-powering, consistently thematic. Bernardo is also a gem, her simple morena loveliness illuminating the screen; verily, to use a cliché, the camera loves her. She has also improved by leaps and bounds in acting since I last saw her in “Pagpag” in 2013 (although her fans will surely bash me for saying that her archrival Nadine Lustre can still act circles around her). The way she subtly yet deftly conveys her ambivalence about her impending marriage through taut non-verbal expressions is the movie’s highlight. Truly, the kid can become a really good actress if she puts her mind to it. Without doubt, this is Kathryn’s movie.

Sadly, her partner Daniel has not kept pace. Still displaying all the acting mannerisms at the start of his career, Padilla cannot internalize any character. He is still Daniel Padilla playing Daniel Padilla. While such style may be good for another movie or two, if he fails to improve his acting skills, he will find himself overtaken by his contemporaries like Inigo Pascual, who has inherited much of his daddy’s acting chops; or even James Reid, who shows vast thespic improvement in every picture he makes. Daniel must remember that James Dean is an icon not only because of bad boy good looks, but Dean demonstrated he could act up a storm since his first starring role in “East Of Eden” (1955).

The supporting cast also failed to support. Almost all of them, veterans though they may be, look like they were sleepwalking through the movie. And poor, hapless Matteo, a competent actor, was nothing but a plot device, spending more time with Bernardo on a computer screen than in person. A notable exception is newbie Kristel Fulgar, who made every minute of her small role count.

It is movies such as this one that are partly the reason why the Philippine film industry is in the doldrums. Pandering strictly to hardcore KathNiel fans -- which is admittedly a lucrative business decision – it famously insults the average viewer’s intelligence by not even trying to transcend its target audience.

In the final analysis, unless you are a rabid KathNiel follower, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” can’t help but make you fall asleep. Only a double helping of espresso, and Bernardo’s occasional flashes of acting brilliance, made it endurable for me. Elvis must be turning in his grave.

292 comments:

  1. Ok will not watch.

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    1. "It is movies such as this one that are partly the reason why the Philippine film industry is in the doldrums. "

      ---Agree with this. Since 2000s, same old formula na lang ang rom-coms unlike in the 80s-90s where substantial films were made. Films that didn't rely on EXCLUSIVE LOVE TEAMS, but on the story, acting and sensibility.

      No new genres are introduced. Just the same old loveteam-based movies to cater to the different fan clubs.

      Hope future Pinoy films will follow the style in Korean dramas and movies where there are different flavors to choose from. It offers the usual rom-coms, dramas or action genres, but with a twist.

      Legit acting from actors, gorgeous cinematography, well-executed action scenes, memorable dialogues, original soundtrack and theme songs, professionalism from actors-staff-crew-directors, latest CGI technology --- just to name a few.

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    2. d wag! kahit d ka manuod dka kabawasan sa kikitain ng SC 😁😁😁

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    3. Hahaha may kinita ba @2:43?! Padding galore lang to beshie 😜😂

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    4. 2:43 Not to burst your bubble but few years fron now it is the Philippine Movie Industry that will suffer from these ironic movies.

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    5. Typical fantard response @ anon 2:43 am

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    6. Wag kang magalala 2:43 wala ka ding kikitain sa pagiging fantard mo.

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    7. You got me at "UNLESS YOU ARE A RABID KATHNIEL FOLLOWER"!😂😂

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  2. Kebs yang review na yan sa Kathniels, ika nga love is deaf and blind 😂

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    1. LOL tard ka ngang tunay! Go lang bes, tapon pera pa more bwuahahaha

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    2. For sure in denial na naman mga tards wala ng bago bwuahaha

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    3. Let's wait for the SUPER, OUTRAGEOUS AND KAPALAN NA PADDING GROSS INCOME NASA promo lang Wala Sa BIR income statement 👏🏼👍🏻

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  3. Hahahahaha. Such an honest review. Take notes KN fans.

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    1. Naenjoy nmn namin ung movie. Ang ingay sa sinehan.

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    2. Naku bes di nila maiintindihan yan. English eh.

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    3. 6:47 tard ka kasi.

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  4. ang dami naman kasi magaganda movie talaga na kasabay.sayang pera dito.

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    1. korek! at grabe mag padding ang starcinema porke wala ng BOM. Eh wala naman tao sa sinehan tapos 33m? kunyari hinigitan kuno ang LQ kasi KN ang binansagan ng abscbn na Premiere loveteam kuno?

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    2. hoy 12:32 wag ka nga maghasik ng lagim! Walang masamamg tinapay sa dalawang LT na yan, sus

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    3. 1:39, dapat lang, mga pa showbiz sila. Tiisin lahat para maging relevant pa din.

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    4. 2:31 myembro ka ba ng team flop ha? sumama ka kaya sa kanila dun sa kung saan sila ngayon wag kang mang intriga dito.. flopsuey!

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  5. Omg!!!! Mr movie reviewer be ready to be bashed i. 3...2...1...!! I especially loved that "her archrival Nadine Lustre can still act circles around her". Love ittytyy!!!!!

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    1. Nararamdaman ko na ang galit na galit nilang pag type sa keyboard hahaha

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  6. Wow. First positive review about kathryn's acting that i read here. I havent watch the movie yet but i was really impressed with daniel in BALU. I think his role is really maangas here so yeah. Will just watch it tom. Thanks!

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  7. Pero mas gusto ko si DJ dito than Kath, he was very natural in the movie.

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    1. He looked natural because he's Daniel Padilla playing as Daniel Padilla. Same old.

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    2. Yup 8:16 Same old, same old.

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    3. That was the review's point exactly. He was not acting his character, he was acting as Daniel himself.

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  8. OMG buti na lang marami pa rin silang followers

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  9. for me di ko bet yung acting ni kath na paawa mas nagustuhan ko acting ni dj kahit parang dj pa rin. kasi mas natural

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  10. No matter how cliche as story is, as long as the actor was able to deliver. Oks na yun. The mass doesnt care about movie reviews they only want a good time. That's why cliche romcom movies like this will never die.

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    1. True. We watch movies that WE WANT para sumaya at mag relax.

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    2. Eh yun nga problema @1:25 mismo actors eh waley acting ditey...

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    3. Ang alam namin napasaya kami ng novie na to. Lumabas kaming nakangiti. Yun na yun.

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    4. Ang babaw 6:48. Kaya sabaw lagi utak nyong tards eh.

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    5. Nakakahiya naman sa story ng movies ng jejedines hahaha waley na nga acting kaantok pa ang plot 9:14 1:25

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  11. I wonder if Kathryn will ever be playing a more matured persona like mother roles, or atleast a 30 year old woman. She really look like a 14 year old in any aspect.

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    1. 9 years pa bago mag30 wag ka atat. Sinasabayan lang nila edad nila. You really look bitter in any aspect

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    2. 1:41 sinasabayan? Sabi nga ni 1:26 "she really look like a 14 year old in any aspect". Init agad ng ulo.

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    3. 1:41 hindi sumasabay sa age ni Kathryn yung katawan niya. Na-stuck sa adolescent stage.

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  12. Love it! ha ha ha

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  13. I am a jd fan but will still support filipino movies. Will watch.

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  14. Bes, James Reid acting over Daniel Padilla? Luhh, Daniel acts way better than James.

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    1. exactly hilo ata ung nag comment. lol

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    2. Wag in denial, bes!

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    3. Nagaway2 p kau parehas lng nmn clang 2, mag intense workshop nga cla ung tipong lalatiguhin pra ma achieve ang acting skills mygaahhdd

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    4. Nakakatawa yung nagsasabi na mas magaling si james over daniel. Hahahhaha

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    5. Anon 5:45 Obviously hindi ka pa nakakapanood ng movies ni Daniel (in particular CBY and Barcelona), pag icompare mo acting ni Daniel sa acting ni James, milya milya ang layo ni Daniel kay James.

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  15. okay naman ung movie. iyak-tawa-iyak. sa masa, panalo ang movie. pero kung classy with lv, hindi. Magaling ung acting ni daniel.. medyo sablay lang sa partner, and friends like kristel. pero nakaka kilig sya.. puro halakhak nga kanina sa sinehan..

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  16. Wala pa ding gross na nilalabas ang StarCinema

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  17. I beg to disagree, DJ is a better actor than James Reid. All out praises nga critics kay DJ nung BALU, it's just that his character in this movie is so Daniel Padilla, the way he moves, yung pananalita niya.. siyang siya talaga, pero ok lang naman coz yun yung hinihiling ng script. And yes, he does so well that devil-may-care attitude na lalong nagpapagwapo sa kanya. He is ruggedly handsome, I'll always choose him over JR.

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    1. I beg to disagree on this one too. Dj doesnt have range. I see Daniel Padilla through and through in his roles while for James Reid, he may not be the best in acting but I see the characters he play. Most of them are different from his actual persona -casual viewer here

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    2. Daniel is such a good actor for his age. James? Wala pala ingles lang lagi. Yun lang. Di ko ramdam.

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    3. sa akin naman, same acting lang nakikita ko ky james bulol pa

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    4. DJ is not a good actor, neither is James. It's just that Daniel's roles are tailored fit for him. Siyang siya. Di na kailangang umakting.

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    5. 6:46, big check

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    6. Si James din lahat tailor fit mga roles nya, very one dimensional bulol acting ng Amboy na bansot

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    7. Pareho lang namang hindi magaling ang dalawang yan. Mga tards talaga oh, taasan niyo naman standards niyo.

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  18. I would have taken this review seriously kung hindi nya sinabi na mas magaling umarte si Nadine kay Kathryn at magaling daw umarte si Inigo and James. Really po? Not a fan nila lahat but mas okay naman si Daniel umakting mas doon sa dalawa overall.

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    1. Just my opinion as someone who has watched thousands of movies since high school. I could be wrong. Feel free to disagree.

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    2. Let's face it KN, mas magaling naman tlg si Nadine kay Kath.

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    3. 6:41 Patawa ka naman teh!

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    4. mas magaling si kathryn... sana.. kung di sya naghoholdback... di naman pacute umiyak yan dati katulad sa mara clara.. and nadine kase di talaga pang heavy drama pa..

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    5. 8:07 I may not like Nadine's papampam on socmed and chaka face pero I've seen previews/trailers of her past movies, she's really good in acting. Nasasapawan lang talaga ng plain Jane niyang mukha at primadonnang attitude niya yung acting niya.

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    6. 9:19 anon So Nadine is better actor than your idol too!!!
      Alam k na kung saan fandom ka galing! fruity! 🙄

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    7. 9:36 my idol has received 4 best actress awards, non poll, in her 4 the industry. Layo ng comparison, veggie 😂

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    8. 12:15 Awards given by school/fans!!! non legit awards giving bodies!! Kung FAMAS at PMPC pa yan magyabang ka!!

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    9. Again, why do you like comparing Kathryn to Nadine. Hamak na matagal na sa showbiz si Kathryn. Dapat hasa na siya at manalo na siya ng mga awards. As it is, kulang pa din sa depth kung umarte. Pabebe pa din si K nyo.

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    10. Agree 1:41
      Constipated acting si nadine eh, and not what you can say as someone better than kathryn. Hahaha

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    11. Anong legit acting awards ni kath? 😂

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  19. Finally! A real review. Di puro "ang ganda" lng.. Hows the gross by the way?! Di pa ba tapos mg compute?! Mano mano kasi.. Hirap cguro sila mag plus/minus..

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    1. Wlang gross pa nag think pa magkano eh padding

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  20. In fairness sa trailer, hindi sipunin si kathryn. Thanks for the review, the plot seems patterned after hollywood movies.

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  21. Thanks for this review! FF8 it is! Sabi ko na nga ba madidisappoint lang ako sa movie nato. Good thing napadpad muna ako dito.

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  22. Watched it kanina. Kath looks so young (but pretty) esp pag light/no make up sya kaya di ko mafeel yung marriage thingy. Overall ok lang sya, funny ibang scenes pero overall di tumatak. first time ko manuod KN movie because of a KN fan friend so wala ko comparison sa other movies nila in terms of acting, etc

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    1. Yes, Kath looks best with light or no makeup and indirect lighting or available light lang. Naturally luminous kasi yung morena beauty niya.

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  23. But on the trailer para sakin nag improve si daniel? Oh well. Will still watch after ng hype. Boss Baby yung pinanuod namin kanina eh ahahahaha

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    1. Laughtrip yung The Boss Baby

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  24. Nakakatawa mga tards! Ang sabihin nyo hindi lang talaga kaya i-internalized ni DJP yung character nya dito kaya nakumpara sya sa identity nya mismo. Hahahahahaha

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    1. As if naman kagandahan ang movie ng idol mo

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    2. Movie lang ng idol mo usapan dito @3:19 wag kang out of topic tard, kung hindi mo matanggap ang katotohanan eh ewan ko na lang sau

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  25. Sinong ta**a ang magbibigay ng bisa sa marriage contract na walang marriage license (na need ng CENOMAR btw)??? Seriously, ganito na ba ka failed magisip mga writers natin dito? No wonder they are underpaid. Simpleng detalye naoverlooked?! Kaloka!

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    1. This happens wag kang ano. Hello, this is Pinas. Anything can happen. Try mo magsearch girl. This happens in real life. Ke merong lisensya o wala, naiikasal sa PAPEL. Kaya nga grounds ito to nullify the marriage, kasi sa umpisa palan mali na. Girl sana naisip mo na pwedeng dinaya din yung lisensya. Lahat nadadaya sa Pilipinas. Reality check muna bago magcomment

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    2. Nakapagpakasal ka na ba sa huwes? Try mo para ma confirm mo na pwede pala 😂😂

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    3. True! Kya nga umpisa plng nawalan n ko ng interest. Tpos lhat ng witness namatay except for one. Lokohan n to!

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    4. Anon 2:05. Nakakaloka ka. Haha. Meron ngang mga naikakasal na lang nang basta-basta lalo na kung naipasok lang sa munisipyo. Dami kayang namomroblema na kinasal pala sila nang wala silang kamalay-malay. Advisory on Marriage yang papel na pinakita sa movie. Try mong kumuha sa PSA muna para alam mo yan. Wag kuda nang kuda, hello Pilipinas kaya to. Everything done under the table can be made 'legal' basta nadaya or nabayaran. Check mo muna momshie

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    5. 2:27 Bawal na yang sinasabi mo ngayon. Baka gusto mong matokhang? Lol!

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    6. Unfortunately, it might happen to some. In my parents' case, we never knew my father was married to someone while sila pa ng mama ko(long story), so hindi mama ko ang unang pinakasalan at hindi niya rin alam yun. And patay na ang papa ko kaya hindi na namin matatanung about dun. And dahil lang dun, we are deprived of the benefits from my dad's previous work na dapat namin i-claim unless we give them the death certificate of that "woman" as well.

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    7. It's possible, yes; but if there is no marriage license, that would be the ground to have it declared void. Not yung psychological incapacity, or homosexuality, etc. na ginamit sa movie.

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    8. Basta script ng abs, walang imposible. May necklace nga na significant sa story na natagpuan sa loob ng bibig ng matangbakol fish. Asa pa...

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  26. Talk about spoiler. Haha!

    Ganern pag gumagawa ng movie without doing research. They could have easily asked a real lawyer about "drunken marriages". But KathNiel lang naman yan so okay na sa shallow plots.

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    1. Nakakahiya naman sa depth ng plot ng idol mo hahahahahha

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    2. 3:20 Ganda ng Plot ng Logan. Siya idol ko eh. Sorry.

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  27. Lol! Thank you Atty for the very honest review😘

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    1. You're welcome. I love movies and I love writing about them. It was my pleasure.

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  28. Unfortunately this movie was made for KN TARDS. So kahit anong kuda dito magaaksaya pa rin ng mga pera mga faneys nila. Pero malayo pa rin talaga tayo sa dekalidad na pelikula. So disappointed ke Direk Mae. PINAGMUKHA NYANG BAGITO ANG KN SA LARANGAN NG PELIKULA. THIS IS A TOTAL DOWNGRADE FROM THEIR ACTING IN BALU. SHAME.

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    1. And your comment is very trashy.

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    2. Ang ingay sa sinehan kahapon. Bata matanda at bagets ang nasa pila. Ang if you call us tards so be it. Hahaha. Ang saya saya.

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  29. Di ko mapigilan mag comment.

    Saw the movie today and it was surprisingly good. Nakakatuwa makita yung ginawang effort kay Kathryn na pag-mature-in yung itsura niya. Bagay naman, di man ala-Bea Alonzo type na pwede patandain ang itsura, pero ok naman. Kung tutuusin, better pa nga itsura niya sa movie compared kay Kim Chiu na ilang years din tanda pero pilit nagpapaka teen parin until now.

    Also for Daniel, maybe his character in the movie asked for it naman. Maybe ginawa talaga yung character na yun for him na ilabas muna niya kung ano siya since dun sa BALU naman eh naibigay niya yung ibang kinailangan naman sa character niya. Also, who wouldn't love to see a Daniel Padilla in his natural angas moves diba :)

    For the kissing scene, maganda din na di ginawang pilit yung kiss nila. Paunti unti lang, tama lang din yung isang sinabi ng commenter na sabayan lang yung edad nila at wag madaliin.

    -Hyena

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    1. Us too.. family, 12 kaming nanood kahit ung mga lalaki sa pamilya na hindi sila gusto at napilitan lang manood dahil sa amin eh nag enjoy nmn ang lahat. Tawanan ang lahat. Masaya yung movie.ang haba din ng pila. Were supposed to watch a 3 pm screening pero dahil sold out na 530 na kami nakanood.

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    2. Diba 7:03!!! Daming mema dito na nagsasabing walang pila. Kalurks

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    3. Huwag ng ipilit. May sawa factor na Kathniel nyo. Time for them to take serious roles with serious acting kung talagang pinag mamalaki nyong magaling sila.

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    4. 2:43 Natural sasabihin mo yan dahil ibang fandom kinabibilangan mo. Sus wag kami uy!

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    5. Totoo naman, puro ganito na lang ba ang mga roles and acting ng Kathniel??? Same old, tweaked lang ang mga characters. Saan ang improvement? Wala... puro kababawan lang.

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  30. Napanood ko ito kanina and honestly as a KN fan medyo disappointed ako sa movie. Walang dating sakin yung movie hindi ako naapektuhan. Though siksik sa kilig but not remarkable. Madaling makakalimutan ang movie na to. Naiiyak ako sa lungkot right now. Tas hanggang ngayon wala pa ring nilalabas na gross! Huhuhuhu tanggap naman namin kung mas mababa kesa sa mga nauna naming naachieve.

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    1. 2:11 Medyo carefull na sila maglabas ng gross ngayon siguro kasi nagyari na sa recent movie ng SM na naglabas sila ng maaga ng gross ng 1st day tapos after ng couple hours dinagdagan nila!
      But Im sure nabreak ng KN ang record nila ng 1st day gross!!

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    2. 2:37 madami nang movie na nagrerelease sila ng partial first day movie gross if malakas ang movie and they will follow the additional kinaumagahan para masali ang kinita sa lahat ng last full shows. Sadly, this movie is not as big compared sa BALU. Mahina siya. Ang madaming nanonood is yung fast and furious 8.
      #fact

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    3. Ako nmn as a casual viewer mas naenjoy ko ang movie nila na to.its fun and given na talaga na maganda ang register nila sa screen

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    4. As of 9pm lang yung 27M nung isang movie. The next day naging 31.5 kasama lahat ng earnings sa last full shows. Gets?

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    5. @anon 7:52 pwede namang yung 27m eh based on data gatherered that time which possibly did not include yet reports from other cinemas. gets? Wag bitter, magkaka box office hit din mga idols mo. wait ka lang hahaha

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    6. 10:18 di naman ata bitter si 7:52 sa pagkakaintindi ko. Hehe

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  31. will still watch it. may iba ibang taste ika nga

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  32. "Can't help falling asleep". 💔

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  33. Funny and surprisingly kinilig ako sa kanila. ang galing din nila sa drama.

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  34. Pustahan maglalabas na naman ang star cinema ng exaggerated figures. Pababanguhin na naman ng media yung kinita kahit wala naman halos pila.

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    1. 2:47 Pustahan mahahigh blood ka pag inilabas ang 1st day na gross!😜😜 paki prepare na ang antihypertensive 💊 mo!! yhahahaha,

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    2. anon 2:47 Star cinema already released the 1st day gross!!Now you can take your meds plus extra pill to be more effective!! LOL

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  35. ok na sana ung review pero to say na mas magaling umarte c nadine , not a fan pero ibang league na si kathryn,kahit pa sabihin pabebe acting si kathryn eh mas my magaling cya don sa latter, ung isa wla tlga galing sa acting.

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  36. Mas excited pa ako sa kung magkano ang ipapadding ng SC for this movie kesa sa actual movie..

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  37. Kn tard lang ang maniniwala if maglalabas ang sc ng gross. First, fast and furious ang kalaban w/c obviously a lot of people will choose that this movie. And second, walabg pasok so there's a big possibility na walang budget pambili ng ticket ang mga teenagers ngayon.

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  38. Hindi ako Kathniel fan but I think mas magaling si Daniel kaysa kay James. Crush ko si James pero mas gusto ko ang acting ni Daniel. Sa Crazy Beautiful You palang nakita ko na improvement ni Daniel at syempre sa Barcelona. Actually mas gusto ko pa nga ang acting ni Daniel kaysa kay Kathryn minsan.

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    1. Eh pang teleserye lang naman kasi si Daniel. Dun yung strength niya as an actor.

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    2. Nakakahiya naman sayo. Daniel has depth. Kaya pala may movie ulit siya haha 10:00

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    3. Kakahiya naman kung wala pa din depth acting ni Daniel til now. Mas nauna siya sa showbiz than James. Kaya pointless to compare. Ngayon, lahat ng LT may kanya2 ng followings at same levels na.

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    4. 12:32, no Daniel has a contract with SC, kaya no choice but sulitin siya. Sayang bayad, yun lang yon.

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  39. After CBY, their tandem's bankability is going downhill what with pipitchuging cliche such as this... Tsk sayang

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    1. Panong sayang eh kumikita ang mga movies nila. Downhill kung 100m lang ang kita kaso hindi. Aminin natin na amongst lts sila pa din ang number 1.

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    2. 9:04 bes like in 2013 iba po

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    3. 924 6 years and stilll strong. wag na mainggit. kumuda ka nalang pag idols mo umabot din sa ganyan 😊

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    4. Nagets namin. Pero nagets na namin na jejedine ang nagmovie review so no comment nalang kami. Dun palang nawala na ang credibility niya. Lol

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    5. Actually, SherNick ako. 😂😂😂 Seriously, I'm too old to be following love teams. Naabutan ko pa kaya ang Guy and Pip at Vi and Bot! I just call it as I see it. Sorry if my views offend some people.

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  40. Im surprised talaga na walang nagalit tungkol dun sa pag compare kay kath at nadine. Nadine can act circles around kath daw. Hindi siguro naintindihan yung meaning hahaha

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    1. Alam naman kasi sguro ng tards nila na mas magaling si Kathryn at waley sa acting si Nadine.

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    2. Lol 5:24! Check out 8:39. 😁

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    3. actually natatawa lang kami dahil we know na kathryn is way way better than nadine in terms of acting so no comment na lang pero naghanap ka ng reaction kaya eto napacomment ako @5:24✌

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    4. 5:24, Since hanap ka intriga, patulan na kita. Dapat lang at nauna si Kathryn sa showbiz than Nadine. As it is, pabebe pa din si K from time to time, so halos same levels pa din sila. Experience should be the best teacher. I don't see it in K's acting til now. In fact K was a much better actress when she was much younger. Happy ka na???

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  41. Walang dating talaga ramdam naman

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  42. As a fan, disappointed, same same, hopefully they mature na :/

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  43. Kaya pala konti lang nanonood...wala na bang bago...

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  44. 56M daw? Masyado mtaas ang padding sc for a movie na halos d namin maramdaman. Tapos compete pa sa fast8. HAHAHA

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  45. At the end if the day, people watch it because it is a Kathniel movie.
    I bet it's more of how they are off cam that makes them lovable. They own the word "kilig". Watching them reminds you of your own love story that it makes you hug or hold hands again. They dont even have to kiss to do that.

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    1. Tard na tard ah

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    2. Hahaha so true @9:29

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    3. End of the day, fans na lang ang nabobola ng LT na ito. May sawa factor na sila. Time to re-invent their respective careers now.

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  46. What we'll we expect? Generic story coming from Star Cinema. Parang takot sila maexplore ng new stories and bagong atake ng paggawa ng movie

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    1. Sa totoo lang this year lang dami at ibat ibang klaseng movies ang pinapalabas nang star cinema! May horror na mala paranormal act. may action na mala charlies angel atb. At sa totoo lang walang NANONOOD! Kaya wag nyo din sana sisihin ang ABS kung bihira lang din sila magpalabas nang ibang genre dahil konti lang ang NANONOOD! Masisisi nyo ba ang mangingisda kung puro bangus lang hinuhuli nya at bihira lang sya manghuli nang iba Kung doon lang sya kumikita nang malaki? Kung gusto nyong mas madalas mag labas nang ibang genre ang ABS parang AWA nyo na PANUURIN nyo po! NGAWA KAYO NANG NGAWA HINDI NAMAN KAYO NANOOD!

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    2. the movies we get from star cinema are the type of movies we deserve. hanap tayo ng bagong storyline, pag out of the box, hindi naman panonoorin. Di ba ganyan ang nangyari sa mga indie movies nung MMFF? kaya ayan, balik na naman sila sa commercial movies this year.

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    3. 12:27 which just proves na til now, mababaw pa din mentality ng pinoy viewers. Kaya walang asenso ang Pinas dahil sa utak pinoy na sabaw utak laman. You try to educate the brains, but the pinoys refuse kaya 3rd world country pa din til now. Puro LT lang ang gusto.

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  47. I think dj is a better actor than kathryn.

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  48. At the end of the day, people watch it because it is a Kathniel movie. I bet it's more of how they act off cam that people love. It doesnt matter whether you're a fan or not. They own the word "kilig". It makes you feel good, nostalgic about your own love story and makes you hold hands with your spouse again.

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  49. Infairness sa linyahan ng mga sinehan snakes and laddder

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  50. kathryn bernardo and daniel padilla are way better in acting than nadine lustre and james reid. i've seen both of these loveteam's projects and man jadine is so beneath them.both bernardo and padilla act well, me range , me lamim.

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    1. Kathryn lang magaling sa acting. Pwede na siya iparehas sa iba and bigyan ng challenging roles.

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    2. Maybe because mas experienced na sila. Mas matagal na sa aktingan ang KN while JD has very limited acting projects done. Given the right project and director, I think hahasa din ang JD.
      #opinion

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    3. I dont think so. 10:39. With their attitude baka wala ng gustong makatrabaho sila

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    4. 10:39 din rin. Nadine has kontrabida face. Kunot noo and iisang expression lang mukha nya. Hirap paglaruan ng ibat ibang characters.

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    5. 11:07 hiyang-hiya naman yung mga expression ni Kath di ba? Di ako fan ng kahit anong fandom, pero please!!! Takot na takot pumangit si Kath sa camera kaya ending nagiging pabebe. Di niya maiexpress ng maayos tuloy yung emotions niya. Pero magaling siya umiyak, yun lang.

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    6. 11:07, mas mahirap hanapan ng roles Kathryn. Forever 12 yrs old look and body type. Kahit kulutin, long hair, dye ang hair niya, waley pa din. Forever romcom na lang ang dating ni Kathryn.

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  51. Masaya namang lumabas ang mga tao after the movie. I think yun ang importante.

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  52. Trailer is cringe-worthy but of course fans will never agree. Let them dream on.

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  53. Just watched it. May mga natuwa naman sa loob ng sinehan. Ako? Parang nagahasa yung mga mata ko.

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    1. Hahahaha best comment ever

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  54. lol pinaganda mo lang description ni James at Nadine. Wala parin silang kaspirit spirit mag acting duh!

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  55. Im a JD fan and I think pareho namang magaling umarte c Nadine at kath..mas magaling lg talaga c kath sa iyakan while Nadine hindi talaga sya pang heavy drama...
    Still gonna watch this..

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    1. KN fan ka wag ng denial che!

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  56. Saw the trailer of BALU. Yup, looks like a more mature DJ. Let me find it on DVD. If he really retrogressed in this movie, kasalanan ng direktor. Looks like Lamasan was able to get the best out of him in BALU.

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  57. good to know na bumalik na si actress!Kathryn.. nawala yun sa PSY eh. Sana tuluy-tuloy lang yung pagiging actress nya. Sayang kasi kung puro instagoals/beauty peg lang inaatupag ng mga young actors ngayon.

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    1. Ig goal ka jan walang pake sa kathryn sa ig niya no. Busy siya sa career niya para isipin pa yan

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    2. nega mo naman 12:36. positive naman yung comment ni 11:18 ah. tsaka totoo naman na puro porma na lang mga artista ngayon nakakalimutan na yung craft.

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  58. wala nang hindi generic na storyline ngayon. What sets movies and teleseryes apart from each other is the director's treatment or how the direct will present the story. I am no Kathniel fan but I think the 33M 1st day gross is realistic. Nag all out ang mga KN fans. Dami ding regugar viewers na na curious kaya nanood. It is also unfair to compare this KN movie to Fast and Fast and Furious bec I believe they have different markets. I will be watching this movie later with my family. It's nice to hear that it's a feel good movie. ang dilemna ng KathNiel ngayon is, wala na ata silang gagawin na hindi sila iba-bash. One piece of advise to all LT fans: Just promote your idols and hwag nang pakialaman ang LT na hindi nyo idol....

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    1. As what I've observed yesterday, di umabot ng 30M and CHFIL. Cguro BALU levels lang yung gross. It was fast and furious that had long lines and lots of sold out cinemas but walang fans like kns na mag aaksaya ng time to take pic and post it online. Madami nanonood but not mas madami sa nanonood ng FF8. So I'm assuming mas higit 33M ang FF8 kasi mas madami talaga nanonood neto. I hope the local first day gross of FF8 would released para magkaalaman na.

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    2. Check na check!

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    3. The lines to boss baby were longer than the kn movie. We aren't bashing these 2. We are just telling the truth.

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    4. Wala akong ini idolong LT. In fact most movies na ginawa ng young stars today, lalo na yung may LT, puro pa cute lang at wala na talagang substance. Don't be so blinded. This is not called bashing but honest point of view sa manonuod. Kasalanan din ito ng director at scriptwriter kaya sila napuna.

      But of course being a KN fan that you are, you will turn a blind eye and call those who did not like the movie bashers 🙄

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  59. Sana ibalik ng star cinema ung mga dekalidad nilang movie like anak, dubai, milan, dekada 70 at bata bata(marami pa).

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    1. So true! They are always banking with lts. Masyadong hype na ang mga lts na yan. But what can we do, dun sila kumikita e.

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  60. Thanks for the review. Sabi ko na nga another marketing tactics & fan(s) hype na naman sa pag promote ng movie, buti na lang talga may review na ganito di na ako manonood hintayin ko na lang sa Cinema One

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  61. Guys! If you are a critic then, maiintindihan nyo 'to. Pero kung puro kilig lng ang habol nyo at faney n faney kayo malamang didipensahan niyo. Well, sa Filipino movies kasi ngayon aminin man o hindi "same old same old" n lng tlga ang pinalalabas. Pagdating sa substance ng story mga indie film n lng tlga ang dekalidad. I must admit catchy ang trailer pero yung concept same din kasi sa isang foreign movie. Minsan mga tards makinig din kayo ng POV ng mga casual viewers, bumababa na kasi standards niyo.

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    1. So true! Problem with tards is (in general) they get so into they idols na kahit may mali ay hindi na nila napupuna yun. And when someone says something nega with their idols feeling nila basher na agad or fan ng another lt when in fact it is just coming frm a casual viewers who've seen a lot of movies. For me, filipino 90s movies are still the best. Yes, they are loveteams and all pero yung story malaman. Yung acting may hugot. Ngayon kasi actors are more conscious on how they look sa screen. And madalas nadadala nalang ng cinematography or nung mga supporting roles yung movie.

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    2. They stole the plot. Pinalitan Lang ng palara. Waste of time and money

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  62. Done watching! Libre lang ng family. Tama si Atty. can't help falling a sleep. Mema lang. may ipalabas lang na movie for KN para sabihin unbeatable pa rin sila. Honestly, ang pangit pinilit sa matured roles tong 2. Nag mamadali ang ignacia bata pa naman cla. Okay lang naman ung mga pabebe muna 21/22 pa lang nmn yang 2. Nakaka miss ung mga dati nilang movie. Last 2 movies so so lang. expect padding galing ignacia jan "highest grossing filipino film" for sure. Pwe!

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    1. ok na sana ung critisms, pero di ka nlng sna nag pwe, rudeness to the nth power.

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  63. Sc can do much better movies than this!

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  64. Problem with Kath kasi eh takot malukot yung mukha sa camera. Di naman need na laging maganda, lalo na pag yun lang yung way para maramdaman yung character. Tanggalin din yung arte sa pagsasalita kasi nagiging pabebe.
    Nadine is a good actor, pero I think Kath can do better. Sadyang kailangan lang niya tanggalin yung pagiging conscious niya sa camera.
    Hayaan lang sana niya mag flow yung emotion tapos iexpress, kahit na ano pa maging histura niya basta maramdaman lang, and besides her fans will still love her anyway. Dami pang room for improvement. Looking forward sa next movie nila. I hope mas mature na love team na makita natin from them, kasi nag uumapaw talaga chemistry nila.

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    1. Wow did you watch the movie? Ibang iba si kathryn dito, I used to hate her, pero nagustuhan ko sya sa movie na to kasi di sya conscious sa htsura sa movie na to. Nakaktwa nga eh.

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    2. 4:17 day trailer palang kitang kita, facial expression, nasal na pagsasalita, anong hinde conscious.

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    3. wag hater 6:10, glimpse lng nmn ang trailer ,magaling c kathryn dto. hindi nmn tlga dapat icompare c kath ky nadine , attitude at acting wise milya milya layo ni kath.

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  65. It's a shame how a love team as huge as kathniel is still given films that are subpar. Star Cinema can afford to give them more original, out there, and risky stories to play, and kathniel fans would be sure to watch it anyway, yet they choose to produce rehash after rehash. Kathniels and movie goers in general deserve better than that.

    While I do think that Philippine Cinema is slowly shifting for the better, the continuous production of lacklustre films that don't even try will keep Philippine Cinema from evolving.

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    1. Spot on, 2:19. Masysdong sigurista mga studios natin. They should use the power of the LT's to slowly introduce a wider audience to better films, and not to rely on formulae to keep their audience. Just like "Sa Hirap At Ginhawa", where the Sharon-Gabby fans were given a well-crafted film na kinagat naman ng fans due to the drawing power of the LT.

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    2. Even if they're given good material, kung hindi pa nila kaya dahil hanggang ganitong level lang ang talent nila, wala, sayang din. Kaya siguro laging ganyan ang storya na binibigay sa kanila kasi yun lang ang kaya nila i-deliver, and the producers are always banking on the devotion of their fans kaya kahit pangit ang movie eh alam nilang manonood.

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  66. R U OKAY? Ano bah, mas bagay na bagay kontrabida roles kay ate Nadz noh! I mean just come on. Even sa intimate scenes she still looks constipated. Ang strong ng physical features because inborn yung kunot noo nya. Every time she acts, the kunot noo in between her eyes down to her nose ay walang ka soft soft ang features. Kontrabida roles talaga sya bagay.

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  67. Luh kahit mediocre sina nadine at kath umarte mas may konting angat naman umarte si kath isang facial expression lang si nadine

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  68. Kahit mgkamuka tong c kath at nadine jusko ms mgaling nman sa acting c kath rin esp nung kabataan nya..at excuse me nman wla pong energy tong c james at panay english lang khit papaano ms my nadedeliver n emosyon c daniel noh

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  69. True. Dun sa love scene nila ni James matigas yung mukha ni Nadine. Nakaka distract din tingnan sa ganong sitwasyon.

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