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What Makes ‘Past Tense’ a ‘Present-Day’ Definition of ‘Happy Endings’?


For the third time, after their two highly-successful romantic comedy flicks together, Kim Chiu and Xian Lim or better known as the KimXi tandem are back on the silver screen to provide another ‘kilig’ love story via ‘Past Tense’.

Known for her success in films like ‘She’s the One’ and ‘Bride for Rent’—director Mae Cruz-Alviar offers another winning streak to audiences who love romantic comedies and so as to millions of KimXi fans. This is Star Cinema’s pre-Christmas offering with Ai Ai delas Alas as the third wheel in providing humorous scenes in the movie.

‘Past Tense’ revolves around the friendship of Babs and Belle, both assumed by Xian Lim and Kim Chiu. It opened with the sleeping Belle portrayed by Ai Ai delas Alas, the older one who fell asleep for 20 years and was given by Papa Time (Benjie Paras) the unique opportunity to return to 20 years backwards and meet her younger self Belle (Chiu) and make the latter fall in love with her best friend Babs (Lim) in order to prevent an accident that drastically changes her life.

Both Kim and Xian knew very well their comic timing and the sleeping part was the most natural and giddy part for all the KimXi followers and fans. Apart from the comic relief that Ai Ai could offer, some dramatic scenes really are tearjerkers. Lim and Chiu here are both daring in their kissing scene.

The film allows the moviegoers to examine and re-examine the past and create the chance to correct whatever mistakes in order to evade pains. The film attempts to re-define the meaning of a Present-Day Happy Ending and that is giving true love the second chance. Also, its conclusion provide a funny ‘twist’ that will guarantee its audience to come out in high spirits despite some dramatic scenes.

‘Past Tense’ opens on Thursday, November 26 in theaters nationwide.

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