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Paano Na Kaya: Movie Review

You only hear one other song on television and radio aside from the political jingles these days - the theme song for the new Kimerald movie, "Paano Na Kaya". In fact, you can hear the song almost anywhere that we were pretty hyped up about the movie. Star Cinema does its formula once again in promoting their latest film: get a hit song as the movie’s theme, name the movie after the song’s title, and keep playing the theme song until everyone can’t wait to see the film. Believe it or not, this has been effective for quite some time now as almost every movie from Star Cinema rakes millions in ticket sales. Read on to see if the offering of the hottest love team today, Kim Chui and Gerald Anderson is worth the ticket price.

As most people would say, the best person to fall in love with is your best friend. Mae Chua (Kim Chiu) and Bogs Marasigan (Gerard Anderson) have been best friends for too long until Mae starts to feel something more than friendship. After Bogs breaks up with long time girlfriend Anna (Melissa Ricks), Mae has done nothing but be there for Bogs, even putting Bogs’ needs before hers. Mae finally professes her love for Bogs and the two navigate their way through their new found relationship. Things get complicated when Anna comes back to try to fix things with Bogs.

With all the hype about "Paano Na Kaya", we were not surprised that the movie did not turn out to be good. The hype came from all the promotion, not from people saying how good it was. However, we would like to emphasize that the movie was not really bad either. Despite having a lot of potential, the way some of the dramatic lines were written led to the movie’s downfall. There were two instances on top of our head wherein we feel the heavy drama and emotions before us; the great moment was there only to be ruined by some cliché line or perhaps some bad wording. For instance, who in their right mind would still add the line “It’s not you, it’s me?!” in a movie? Come on, it’s like the most cliché breakup line ever. It would have been better if they mixed the line with some Tagalog words. We were also disappointed with how the story was developed and promoted, what we thought would be a “falling in love with your best friend” story actually ended after the first 20 minutes of the movie. The focus became the struggle of the characters to figure out if the platonic-turned-romantic relationship is a rebound or not. Also, we were starting to get frustrated – why is it that main characters of our local films always have family problems they have to deal with? Are these problems even necessary?

We were pretty impressed with Kim Chiu’s acting, she played her part really well and her emotions were genuine. Gerald Anderson on the other hand seemed off, he had some good moments but there was one scene wherein he could not even shed a tear. If the love team was not so popular, we felt that some other guy can play the role of Bogs. Unless you are a big Kimerald fan or an avid supporter of local films, forget all the hype and make sure you skip this one. There may be a lot of “falling for your best friend” movies that are better than this.

Rating: 2 reels

Why you should watch it:
- if you’ve experienced falling in love with your best friend, you might want to see if you can relate with this one
- no reason not to see this one if you’re a big Kim-Gerald fan.

Why you shouldn’t watch it:
- stay far away if you hate cheesyness and all the mush
- really bad script; we would be really surprised if they say that they spent a lot of time writing it

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