Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.09 (17 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Wenn Deramas

Writers: Wenn Deramas, Keiko Aquino

Cast: Vice Ganda, Derek Ramsay, Eddie Garcia, Jimmy Santos

Synopsis: When a civil war in the Philippines breaks out, a gay man born into a military family is forced to enlist in place of his ailing father. (From Click the City)

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Reviews:

3.5        Jocelyn Valle (PEP)

“Director Wenn Deramas accomplished his task, too. Ditto for Vice and the rest of the cast – main or supporting, with or without speaking lines. All of them made sure that laughter is in steady supply, even in those supposedly dramatic scenes. That’s why all crying scenes could have been avoided as they only felt forced and out of place.” (Read full review)

3.0        Nicol Latayan (Back to the Frying Pan)

“Still, this is the Vice Ganda show. The role was tailor made for him, and the lines were obviously written for him. Had this been any other actor in the lead role, then  it wouldn’t have had the same success.” (Read full review)

3.0        Jowana Bueser (The Birth of Damnation)

“Must have been the high expectations because I left wanting more. Not necessarily disappointed because Vice rarely disappoints. More of unsatisfied. Vice Ganda can do more with a solid material.” (Read full review)

3.0       Ihcahieh

“Wenn Derramas has been making movies for quite a while now and you do not have to be a keen observer to know how he operates. If you walk into that theater and expect to take your movie experience to cerebrally titillating heights, then the joke is on you.” (Read full review)

2.5        Rob San Miguel (The Chair)

“Kung baga, pinapaalam sa atin na, “Hoy, pelikula lang ito. Huwag masyado mag-isip o magseryoso. Enjoy lang.” Kaya nga hit ang mga pelikulang tulad ng Praybeyt Benjamin kasi pagod na tayong mga Pinoy sa kaiisip ng problema. At dahil si Vice Ganda din ang bida, kahit ano mang kababawan, nipis ng script, kakulangan sa direksyon, deadma kasi si Vice Ganda naman ang nagdadala ng pelikula.” (Read full review)

2.5        Mica Rodriguez (Cinegang)

“All in all, Praybeyt Benjamin is a Feel-Good film. It is the perfect movie to watch when you want to escape from the harsh dramatic reality of life. I simply need to admit though that when I stepped out of the cinema, the supposed Praybeyt Benjamin hangover disappeared in just a few minutes.” (Read full review)

2.0        Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Praybeyt Benjamin has its moments, but it doesn’t have the focus to really let those moments sing. At an hour and fifty minutes, the film is overstuffed with inside jokes and pop culture references, the story falling by the wayside in the process.” (Read full review)

2.0        Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“The entertainment quotient of Praybeyt Benjamin relies heavily on Vice Ganda’s dry wit, sincere humor and acerbic delivery.” (Read full review)

2.0        Regnard Raquedan (Screen Sucked)

“With a group that includes a tomboyish army freak, an obese over-eater, a coward, and a person who claims he can talk to ghosts, you can expect the comedy to be low-brow.” (Read full review)

2.0        Renz Bulseco (Cinegang)

“Whether if it is a havey or waley joke, Praybeyt Benjamin is just a movie where everyone can just laugh and enjoy. There is no need to analyze the plot and its story line like any other movies. You just need to enjoy it.” (Read full review)

1.5          Reel Advice

Praybeyt Benjamin is the weakest Vice Ganda film we have seen yet. It’s either his comedic style of  ‘stating the obvious’ (pamimilosopo in Tagalog) is getting pretty old and redundant already or that the film itself lacks any sense of originality in its story or comedic styles used – maybe even both.” (Read full review)

1.0          Libay Cantor (Leaflens Takilya)

“With the ticket sales skyrocketing, I guess there are more people who enjoy his brand of comedy now more than ever. But that’s also cool. Maybe this part is just me. But that’s also why I’m worried, because as popular as this film is becoming, so is the spreading of discriminatory plot lines about gays and lesbians.” (Read full review)

1.0           Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

” If you have seen some of the works or even the jokes of Vice Ganda on TV or in YouTube, then more or less, you have seen the jokes that were used in the movie.  The same goes with Wenn Deramas.  I think that if you have seen some of his works in the past, he uses the same style and story just a different setting.” (Read full review)

Cinephiles:

2.5        Jay-r Trinidad

“Yung .5 para kay Jimmy Santos, na-realize ko na-miss ko yung mga old-school films niya tulad ng Bondying at Wooly Booly. Isama na din yung punchline para dun sa Colonel joke. As a whole, parang ganun pa rin yung style, sketch film. Pang-masa talaga ang approach niya.”

2.0        Redundante Mendoza

“In fairness, ang sarap lang pakiramdam na sa kahit 2 oras napatawa niya ang masa na tumangkilik dito. Parang sana kay Jojit Lorenzo na lang binigay ang mga punchlines ni DJ Durano. Bakit ba siya ginagawang komedyante ni Wenn, parang pang drama naman siya. Nasuka ako sa salitang “KASARIAN” – obviously hindi alam ni Wenn at Keiko ang ibig sabihin nito [Gender]…at paulit-ulit, altogether now: ang kabaklaan ay hindi gender. Same brand of comedy. Hindi umakyat. Nakakatawa pero hindi LOL. Sabi nga ng isang kaibigan, mas gustong maglibang sa loob ng sinehan ang Pinoy audience. Kung saan sila sa masaya. Duon sila. Walang basagan ng trip. p.s. SOBRANG CINEMATIC NG ABS NI DEREK RAMSEY! Umaaarte!”

1.0        Json Javier

“Nepotism is so strong in the industry nowadays that a movie can be cast based on pure favoritism. It’s hard to ignore this blatant fact in a movie populated by actors who seem to be there not because of pure merit but because they’re friends with the lead or director.

With that said, the movie is still an undercooked product of recycled jokes (that mostly fell flat), slapstick comedy that stopped being funny in the 80′s, unexplainable cameos, and disturbingly too many scenes of gratuitous male nudity that could have been co-directed by Cris Pablo.

Such a shame because I do find Vice Ganda funny. He has mastered the art of proper timing and delivery that it’s hard not to laugh even in the lamest of jokes. I hope he’ll be given better material soon because people will get tired of this schtick.

This movie is more bearable than Petrang Kabayo but it’s like saying vomit is much better than shit.”

1.0        Nico Quejano

“STAY AWAY! I mean it. Rarely do i regret paying for a movie ticket especially for a Tagalog movie. But this one was just simply PAINFUL! Ngayon, feeling ko, after watching this movie, bumaba ang natitirang IQ ko.”

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