Sunday, March 31, 2013

'It Takes A Man and A Woman' movie review: Being good than being the best

Miggy Montenegro and Laida Magtalas are back on the third and final installment of the "A Very Special Love" series - "It Takes A Man and A Woman" started showing in theaters on Black Saturday (March 30).

Warning: This review contains some spoilers.

The film is commendable for its cheesy, funny lines accompanied with very good representations of its lead actors. Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) lost his father (Dante Rivero) from a heart attack, while Laida's (Sarah Geronimo) parents separated.

Laida came back to the Philippines from New York (where she was working) to console the grieving Miggy, only to find out he was with another girl - Belle (Isabelle Daza) - Miggy's socialite ex-girlfriend. Laida did not give Miggy a chance to explain his side and from there, the transformation to a Laida 2.0 began.

Miggy and Laida had to work together for a special assignment, bringing back to where it all started years back. From there we also saw how the supporting characters, called the "Zoila and friends" (Matet de Leon, Joross Gamboa, and Gio Alvarez), brought outstanding performances by injecting punchlines and making everyone in the theater crazy out of laughing so hard.

The film's director Cathy Garcia-Molina made it sure John Lloyd and Sarah will be doing their best while enjoying the set. The bloopers in the end proved it. As a result, the lead actors' portrayal of their roles were realistic, lovely, believable, and commendable. The two characters have transformed into a "man" and a "woman" and it just didn't take the kilig moments for the movie to be satisfying, but also how the characters made the problems and trials of their lives instruments and reasons to forgive, and eventually love again.

The film, although predictable, is still a must-see not only of its lead stars' performances and undeniably exceptional onscreen partnership, but also because of the values it wants to instill its viewers.

Rating: 8.5/10

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