Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme): Movie Review

Filipinos are known for their happy demeanor and wonderful smiles but with what is happening with our local mainstream film industry, moving our facial muscles upwards seems to have become more and more of a struggle. Can anyone remember the last time a local comedy film made you laugh out loud? We would mention Ai-Ai de las Alas in “Ang Tanging Ina” but that movie was 6 years ago. But even with all the negativity, we can never deny that there always is a rare masterpiece out of all the junk and looking at how over-the-top "Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme)" was on trailer, this might be the one local film everyone should see this year. Eugene Domingo, the always brilliant side kick in several movies also debuts as the lead star in this one, making this more exciting to see. Continue reading to find out our take of the movie.

Kimmy and Dora (both Eugene Domingo) are identical twins but are as different as night and day. Kimmy is the smart, dictatorial type while Dora is the slow, dumb-wit sister. Kimmy has always been jealous of her sister as Johnson (Dingdong Dantes), the man she really likes, only has eyes for Dora. All hell breaks loose when their father(Ariel Ureta) gets a heart attack and makes Dora the majority owner of their family business if in case he dies. Kimmy thinks this is unfair and gets the help of their lawyer Harry (Baron Geisler) to take care of "business". A misunderstanding brings forth a plan to kill Dora but they kidnap Kimmy instead. Now Kimmy must find a way to get away from her captors while Dora must act as her tough sister and control their corporation in order to hide from their father the truth.

So did "Kimmy Dora" disappoint? The answer is a big fat NO. In fact, not only is this the best local comedy film we have seen this year (or in years!) but we can even proudly say that we enjoyed this even better than some Hollywood hits out there. Eugene Domingo just went way up on our actors-to-watch list. She just brings her A-game here and really salvages the whole movie with her own performance. She does a wonderful job switching from one personality to another (Kimmy to Dora and Dora to Kimmy) and she makes it look so easy. Pure talent indeed! Heck, she is even better than the actresses who she played sidekick for in movies before this. Who cares if the story might be too shallow and who cares for other movie technicalities if you are having so much fun! So what are you waiting for? Support the local film industry by watching "Kimmy Dora". We guarantee that you’ll have a great time. Hope the next local comedy films would be as good as this or maybe even better! The bar has been finally set once again.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch this:
- Eugene Domingo brings her A-game in this film and it was as good as it can get
- good, mindless fun that we have sorely missed from the local scene
- cameo upon cameo of famous actors and actresses will surprise a lot of people

Why you shouldn't watch this:
- story might be too shallow for some but really, who cares when you are having so much fun

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  1. Who cares if the story sucks, as long as you're enjoying and laughing, thats all that matters. I watch comedy movies to laugh anyway. :P

  2. Hi Eric!

    Yup! Sometimes just having fun is enough to merit a very high rating! This is the case for Kimmy Dora!

  3. I uber highly recommend Kimmydora! its one of those so-not-trying-hard comedy flick. its been a long time since i watched a movie that made me laugh from beginning to end. Eugene's delivery of her funny antics is very effortless. ALL scenes are FUNNY. WORTH EVERY PENNY THAT YOU PAID. Go see it!

  4. grabeee!!! super nakakatawa ang movie na to. wala akong masabi! sumakit na lahat ng dapat sumakit sa kakatawa ko. One of the best this year tlaga! you go eugene!

  5. for her flawless depiction of being two different characters in one film, Eugene Domingo has proven her acting prowess and comedic flair better than other comediennes out there. but for playing a character that impersonates another but still remains true to the original character, that is sheer genius. people were laughing and clapping in both amusement and admiration. she deserves an award for this!

  6. Hi Tofie,

    Yup! We have to agree with every word you have said. If you are going to pick a film this year, Kimmy Dora is worth your hard earned money!

  7. Hi Tsokuletmo,

    We're sure everyone that watched this film has the very same sentiments as you do.

    Just talking about this film just excites us so much even right now!

  8. Hi Sir Alem,

    Yup! Actually what made her performance go beyond the usual is how believable she was when she was doing impersonation of Kimmy as Dora and vice versa! She makes a performance that will make you believe that there is a Kimmy and a Dora for real.

    And we again concur that she wins an award for this!

  9. I agree! Eugene "Uge" Domingo is a better and smarter comedian than Ai-ai delas Alas or Pokwang. She's also effective in drama. I'd like to see her in a live show though; a political satire with the likes of Ms. Mae Paner (a.k.a. Juana Change), Jon Santos, and Ms. Tessie Tomas.

    I truly hope this movie will open more doors for her.

  10. Hi there pinaybackpacker!

    We hope so too. We're sure that this movie will bring her not only recognition and awards but several more projects as well.

    Thanks for the comment!

  11. Great review! Eugene really shines in this movie and I hope to see more of her A-game in her future movies. The sheer volume of funny quotable quotes is enough to brighten anyone's day :D

  12. Hi Waffle,

    Thanks for the compliment! I think with how Eugene performed, movies will be pile up her way very soon.

    Hopefully with quantity, quality won't suffer!

  13. My daughter rien watched this movie kimmydora for nth time.. Grabe tuwang tuwang sya, and honestly ng enjoy din kaming mg asawa kakapanood this movie... Lahat ng parte ng movie nakakatawa talaga....

  14. This movie was a surprise.. I watched it without having any expectations.... I actually loved it a lot.. very witty comedy with brains.. It is refreshing to see this type of comedy that only Eugene Domingo can pull off. I am so sick with Vic Sotto and Dolphy style of comedy..

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  16. Excellent findings.It served as the launching movie for Domingo, who up to this point played supporting roles in previous films.