When it comes to romantic-comedy films especially in Hollywood, the name that easily comes to my mind is Nora Ephron, who also wrote a novel titled Heartburn in 1983, but she also wrote a screenplay and directed ‘Julie and Julia’ in 2009, which starred Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina; thus stumbling upon this latest romantic-comedy offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated–the Recipe for Love, I thought that it should be in that league of storytelling.
Having Jose Javier Reyes, who has worked on romantic-comedies as well, this project that will spotlight once again the humorous side of Christian Bables opposite Cora Waddell.
But what stuck in my head was what Ephron had wrote once in her novel titled ‘Heartburn’ (1983) that said: “Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful. The problem with mashed potatoes, though, is that they require almost as much hard work as crisp potatoes, and when you’re feeling blue the last thing you feel like is hard work. Of course, you can always get someone to make the mashed potatoes for you, but let’s face it: the reason you’re blue is that there isn’t anyone to make them for you. As a result, most people do not have nearly enough mashed potatoes in their lives, and when they do, it’s almost always at the wrong time.”
The film is about Calix (Bables) , a chef named of an upscale Filipino restaurant and Val (Waddell), a food blogger and aspiring magazine editor.Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, would they eventually hit it off and romance start to mash well?
Apart from the tandem of Christian and Cora, the one thing that made Jose Javier Reyes convince to direct the screenplay of Raymund Barcelon who made a great analogy between food and relationships; it was also the idea of spotlighting Filipino cuisine like Cochinilla (roasted suckling pig) and Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail, pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce), which turned out to be his favorites.
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.
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.
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.
Seeing the film ‘Pare, Mahal Mo raw Ako’, written and directed by Joven Tan for the second time around during its premiere night—it gave me more appreciation of the movie, which was lifted from the hit song of the same title that was sung by one of the stars—Michael Pangilinan. Edgar Allan Guzman is Mark and fell in love with Pangilinan, who played Red, the guy best friend.
There were flaws in the storytelling, which I agree with my fellow writer-friend Arnel, but I just had to point on the good points of the film. First, it didn’t present struggles of how to accept gay people in a heavy drama. Yes, there were emotional scenes, but those were needed to highlight the emotions and the tensions between Mark and Red and so as Mark’s mother portrayed by Nora Aunor.
Second, Guzman could very well claim that this is one of his most natural and best performances ever. He was able to prove that acting needed not to be acted out. He has that depth and could deliver certain emotions even with hackneyed dialogues. His subtle actuations and the nuances of a ‘paminta’ gay were greatly displayed. In his scenes with more seasoned actresses—La Aunor and Ana Capri—he didn’t lag behind. While for a newcomer, Panglinan proved that he has potentials to have more chances of getting film projects.
Lastly, it has successfully concluded the film without any tragedy. It means that there really is a great hope for gay people to be happy in this world as long as people (especially between friends) would embrace and accept for who they are and for what they are capable of—to love without any boundaries. The line—‘sa pag-ibig walang forever, pero sana sa pag-ibig walang gender’—is witty and one quotable quote.
The film is set to open on Wednesday, June 8 in cinemas and is distributed by Viva Films.