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‘Mama’s Girl’: A Refreshing Take on Raising Millennials


A Review

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Regal Films is known for its tear-jerking productions back in the 80s; and it is great to hear that for the opening salvo of the said film outfit—it chose to have ‘Mama’s Girl’ written by the famed Ms. Gina Marissa Tagasa with Connie S.A. Macatuno as director and top-billed by Sylvia Sanchez and Sofia Andres as the mother-and-daughter in the film.

It is refreshing to see how the story was weaved by seasoned screenwriter and attempted to tackle on the relationship between a single mom named Mina (Sanchez) with her millennial daughter Abby (Andres).

A Very Timely Film.

It is quite a challenge for Mina, as a mother and as a single parent to raise Abby through the restaurant business she has invested with her passion and commitment over the years; but still she was able to send her daughter to school and eventually let her finish college.

Amid the many distractions that the young people are facing these days; it is obvious that some of them are struggling to be responsible individuals; which is true to Abby’s character. Maybe because of the convenience that the technology has provided this present generation—it is hard for them to cope when one of the convenient stuff are taken away from them.

Abby, as a sheltered young adult, had a difficulty in getting a life especially when she was compelled after her mom’s demise. As if the young lady lost her arms and legs when her mom left her unprepared.

The film is a timely take on how to raise or deal millennials.

 

A New Device in Storytelling.

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It is also both intriguing and engaging for the audience to try to uncover the character of Mina. Is she a ghost in the film?

If one gets to base on the trailer—it seems that Mina is a ghost. However, viewers must watch the movie in order to decipher what really happened and why is Mina always present in scenes where Abby is having some challenges in life and all. For me, it is one beautiful device that Tagasa did in telling her story.

What makes the film more appealing because it naturally incorporated tips in having a successful life.

Tagasa used these key words to highlight things that Abby has to do in order to pick up from the ashes that she found herself in.

There were five letters that Mina left for Abby; containing reminders for the latter or serve as guideposts. First, there was ‘passion’ that taught Abby to believe in her innate talents which she has inherited from her mom. Then, ‘commitment’ where she as a young entrepreneur; it gives her that sense of responsibility to finish what she has started (or rather what her mom has started). The word ‘acceptance’ was also instilled since Abby had to deal with her long-lost father played by Allan Paule. After being taught about acceptance, she was also asked to assist her grandmother to reconcile with the past and appreciate what ‘forgiveness’ is all about. Only when she is able to accomplish the things that her mom asked her to do—she can finally meet or the love of her life will come; and would give her inner peace as well.

 

A Brave Move.

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Frankly, I admire the courage that the writer, the director and even the producer have ventured into. In the midst where filmmakers are too engrossed in making ‘hugot’ flicks (romance-drama or romantic-comedy), the decision to ride on the bandwagon of the success of ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’, ‘#WalangForever or even the 2017 ‘Kita Kita’—was not the route they choose to follow.

Though, Abby has two leading men here—Diego Loyzaga and Jameson Blake; it was not the focus of the story. It is great to see a film that tackles another kind of relationship—about a mother-and-daughter.

Perhaps, this film is a good break from all those tried-and-tested romantic flicks. Catch it as it just opened last week and still showing in cinemas nationwide.

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‘The Unmarried Wife’ reunites Panganiban, Delos Reyes, Valdez after Almost a Decade!


Based from the story of Keiko Aquino, and screenplay by Vanessa Valdez, the upcoming high-caliber drama film titled—‘The Unmarried Wife’ features three of the country’s finest actors—Angelica Panganiban, Dingdong Dantes and Paulo Avelino in the lead cast with multi-awarded film and TV international master filmmaker—Maryo J. Delos Reyes as the director; will open on Wednesday, November 16 in theaters nationwide.

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Panganiban is Anne, a young woman who is stuck in her traumatic childhood past about love. Such inhibitions developed into reservations after she had her own marriage to the man she loves the most—Geoff portrayed by Dantes. And in every love story, it is most effective that if the damsel-in-distress, there is a knight in shining armor in the person of Bryan, breathed by Avelino.

After nine years, the said film marks the reunion of Panganiban, Delos Reyes and Valdez when they first collaborated in a Star Cinema film via ‘A Love Story’ back in 2007. Also, Direk Maryo returns to the said film outfit after his last project via ‘I’ll Be There’ in 2010.

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According to Direk Delos Reyes, “I’m very excited to doing this film. It is a test of my skill on how to tell a story about relationships. ‘The Unmarried Wife’ is a different. It’s very timely and at the same time very important to be discussed.”

Together with Star Cinema, Direk Maryo along with Vanessa and the three powerful and equally intense actors—Angleica, Dingdong and Paulo; the film promises to change the way people perceive men being cheaters and women failing to be faithful in relationships.

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Avelino in a bloggers’ conference mentioned that what makes the film different from other relationship-centered movies, “It is organic. It is like being a witness to conversations between couples; very at the moment.”

Ian, Jodi reunites in a New RomCom Flick


The blockbuster tandem of Ian Veneracion and Jodi Sta. Maria is soon to be seen again in a romantic comedy film titled—‘The Achy Breaky Hearts’ as Ryan and Chinggay. Together with them is another effective onscreen partner of Sta. Maria is Richard Yap as Frank and the upcoming Star Cinema presentation is directed by Antoinette Jadaone.

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Veneracion and Sta. Maria were all smiles during a Press Conference. Photograph is courtesy of Ted Claudio of Wazzup.Ph.

Jodi plays a woman who has been single for seven years and somewhere along the way she has to deal with the dilemma of choosing two men—Veneracion and Yap.

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Richard Yap is Ian Veneracion’s rival in winning the heart of Jodi Sta. Maria in the newest romantic comedy flick by Antoinette Jadaone. Image is courtesy of Star Cinema.

Sta. Maria as Chinggay who is a successful career woman, on a Press Conference on Thursday, June 16, she stressed that the struggle of finding a suitable partner is not entirely the fault of her character to be ‘successful’ or as someone who has high standards in getting a man to be in relationship with, “Men get intimidated because of the status of a woman especially when it comes to achievements.”

Both also shared their thoughts on how they move on after ‘heartbreaks’. For Veneracion, he says, “Iisipin ko lang. Kahit sino ka pa. Isang iyak ka lang. Then move on.”

While Jodi made sure to give encouraging words to those who experience heartbreaks: “Lahat ng pain na nangyayari sa atin. Everthing that we go through—our failures and heartbreaks, these will serve a ‘purpose’. Maybe we don’t understand now ‘why it’s happening’ but one day, everything will make sense. It’s up to you whether you dwell on your situation or you stand up, you walk and you move on.”

Also Jadaone, being the director and the co-screenwriter of this movie, she stresses that this #hugotflick wants to leave some thoughts for its female audience who could identify a similar scenario with Chinggay: “It is for all ladies who have been single for so long, they’re tired of hearing, Kailan ka mag-aasawa?, or of asking themselves, May mali ba sa’kin? Pangit ba ‘ko?”

‘The Achy Breaky Hearts’ is set to open on Wednesday, June 29 in cinemas nationwide.

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