Third World Romance: Movie Review

Third World Romance Movie Review: A Different Kind of Date

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"Third World Romance" ventures into uncharted territory within the realm of romantic films, breaking away from the conventional depictions of lavish dates and expensive trips and focuses instead on the gritty realities faced by its protagonists in their "third world" setting. While this departure from the norm is refreshing, the film occasionally falters in its heavy-handed portrayal of poverty, which felt forced and leaning too heavily on this aspect at times.

Bree (Charlie Dizon), is an outspoken cashier who dreams of being able to bring back her mother from overseas. Vin (Carlo Aquino), on the other hand, is a laidback grocery bagger who lives at the moment. As the two start a relationship, both navigate the arduous task of being happy every single day.

Although "Third World Romance" occasionally veers into preachiness and overemphasizes the hardships of poverty, it succeeds in delivering a decent romance drama with social commentaries interwoven throughout. Charlie Dizon's portrayal of Bree stands out, offering a well-rounded performance that brings depth to a character facing gut-wrenching conflicts. Bree's struggle struck an emotional chord with us as she had to compromise her beliefs amidst insurmountable odds to aid her mother. However, the film was unable to find the perfect balance between its romantic core and the social issues it endeavors to address. While Bree's character receives commendable development, Vin's character feels comparatively underdeveloped, leading to an imbalance in the film's storytelling. It doesn't help that a lot of the scenarios our characters find themselves in felt forced and undercooked. For us, this was pushing the limits into poverty porn at its worst moments. Ultimately, "Third World Romance" still presented an intriguing concept despite its imperfections. It manages to shed light on the complexities of romance amidst challenging circumstances, but its heavy-handed approach and uneven character development hinder its potential.

Rating: 3 and a half reels


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