Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy: Movie Review

Jed and Vit | 1/01/2014 10:57:00 PM | 4 dared to walk the red carpet


You may think that "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy" is going to be an awesome experience knowing that Vice Ganda is at the helm and even better, there's actually four of him in the film. Four times the fun right? Sadly and rather quite bluntly, the actual film is very far from that. Jokes fail to inch out any laughter 90% of the time, the story is a bloated mess and the lead character struggles to cope with his other personas well. "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy" is such a mediocre film that it is monumentally appalling to see, hear and feel.

Years ago, Pete (Joey Marquez) and Pia (Maricel Soriano) bear quadruplets as children. When Pete needs to go to the United States, his evil mom decides to take 2 of their babies away from Pia. Pete gets custody of the heterosexual pair of Girlie (Vice Ganda) and Peter (Vice Ganda) while Pia gets the homosexual pair of Mark (Vice Ganda) and Panying (Vice Ganda). As fate would have it, each of the quadruplets have their own sicknesses and Peter in particular has a failing liver. Pete decides to go back to the Philippines and find the other pair in the hopes that one of them might have a matching liver and save Peter's life.

"Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy" mightily struggled to keep us interested the whole time it was up on the big screen. Not even halfway through the film, we wanted the suffering to end but it kept on with a very long running time that almost took two hours to complete. What made this a horrendous experience is its shoddy makeup of convoluted scenes, tasteless and tired jokes, blatant advertisements segments and bad acting. Minus its moralistic and grounded plot and superb production values, not much can be said for "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy".

The film bills Vice Ganda in four different roles but Vice struggles to make his acting and jokes work on each and every persona. The best would probably the girl persona and to no surprises the gay one. The boy and tomboy personas are a complete mess. You could feel how Vice Ganda is completely lost and clueless and how to make these two work. Plot wise, the film was okay. It's generic at best but it actually had some interesting things going for it but the film was over-extending things too long. Some scenes are completely unnecessary and two hours is just too much given how light the material is. As a side note, Maricel Soriano is the only shining star in this film and you could actually see how her acting is leaps and bounds better from everyone else. In the end, the honest truth is that "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy" is the typical money grab film. One that puts the biggest star on the billing and knowing that it will sell millions no matter what, does not put effort to everything else.

Rating: half reel





Why you should watch it:
- there's really no reason to watch this except if you want an instant headache and a feeling that you wasted two hours of your life

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the comedy is a complete fail in all levels
- Vice Ganda's personas are unevenly acted

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Jed is an entrepreneur by day and a movie fanatic at night. You can either catch him at his shops or watching movies around the metro.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I personally agree. this guy's in love with u mare is a lot lot funnier than GBBT. Very disappointing :(

  2. Anonymous says:

    Disclaimer: This is my own views and opinions, I am a fan of Vice Ganda. You might find the comment bias, but I'll do my best not to.

    I agree it's a Pwede-na-'yun film. But basing from this website's previous reviews, I think you made a double-standard judgment.

    How come Petrang Kabayo got four reels, while this film only received half a reel? The two films are directed, starred, produced, by the same crew. Pareho kong napanood ang PK at GBBT, at sa tingin ko parehas lang ang lebel nito pag dating sa entertainment value.

    Mas malinis pa nga ang edit at wittier ang GBBT. I just don't see the consistency of the website's reviews. Parehas naman na si Jed ang author ng reviews.

    If you want to create a brand for this website, start by having consistency. Sige na.

    ;)

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  4. Anonymous says:

    To the one who posted a comment on January 4, 2014 at 5:07 AM:

    I agree with what you said. I think PK and GBBT are almost in the same level. However, we can't blame the reviewer for putting a higher approval for the former than the latter.

    Vice Ganda was still a fresh breath for everyone during the PK days since it's his first major film. After several movies he made, there should have been an improvement with the GBBT story, but there's none!

    Nakakasawa din kasi.

    If he continues like this, his fans might lose his faith in him. I'm a big fan of the comic star but not of GBBT.