Pinoy Rom-Com Reportage

So I’ve been trying a few of these “prestige” TV shows from different streaming sites (ie, free trial), and I realized that you really need to be in a certain mood to get into them. Content has exploded in the past few years, and as soon as my attention drifts away there’s always something there to catch it.

That something being: pinoy rom-coms on Netflix, but even that is hit and miss. I clicked on You Changed My Life starring Sarah and John Lloyd. Everyone has been making references to Laida and Miggy for the past decade, so I thought it was time to catch-up. However it was apparently already the sequel and the first part wasn’t on Netflix, so I  decided to put it aside for a while until I get to see the first one (probably in another ten years). Ang Pambansang Third Wheel is always prominently featured on the home page, with a close-up of an undressed Sam Milby. The first few scenes, however, are so clunky and awkward I just couldn’t continue. I was finally able to see Elise which is hilarious and heartfelt. The ending (spoilers!) though, becomes a medical mystery in the vein of House, MD. I had to text Eleesabeth Sonny Balwani to ask what his differentials are. He said pulmonary embolism or uterine atony. I said that with all that ice cream, Elise probably died from hyperglycemic hyperosmolar non-ketotic coma (HONK), hyperosmolar hyperglycemic syndrome (HHS), or whatever fancy name it comes in now–the diabetic emergency that is not DKA.

Not strictly a rom-com, but I got to see Wild and Free, a movie that features a soap-operatic twist (spoiler–she’s the ex of his brother who died in a car crash). We can at least give them credit for the restraint in not making the brother alive pala and with amnesia–unless they are hoping to reserve that fantastic twist for a sequel which I don’t think is going to happen. The movie also teaches us that just because something can be done doesn’t mean that you should do it, ie, you should never fuck on top of a washing machine because it is not ergonomic or erotic, and you should never try to make amends and ask for forgiveness and kiss and make-up in the middle of the traffic unless you want to be reviled in social media.

Vince and Kath and James is actually pretty good, with great acting and a solid script. The only thing that ruins it for me, though is how everybody sweeps under the rug the fact that James attempted to rape Kath, and that had it not been for Vince it would turn into an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (Dun Dun!). And for more, Kath seemed to be more distressed at Vince’s catfishing than the attempted rape. Apparently there has been a sequel to this movie, which nobody really talks about: James and Pat and Dave. It’s a cinematic universe!



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