Ligo na Ü, Lapit na Me

Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.14 (24 ratings)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Director: Erick Salud

Writer: Jerry Gracio

Cast: Edgar Allan Guzman, Mercedes Cabral

Synopsis: College senior Intoy (Edgar Allan Guzman) is unwittingly fallen into a friend-with-benefits situation with his mysterious classmate Jenny (Mercedes Cabral). Jenny has a reputation for being promiscuous, and Intoy plays aloof to hide the fact that he’s fallen in love with her. Slowly, Jenny opens up to him as well, revealing the vulnerable center to her seemingly impervious façade. But poor, confused Intoy isn’t really equipped to deal with the feelings involved. (From Philbert Dy’s review)

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Reviews:

4.5          Mental Clutter

Ligo na U, Lapit na Me is witty, funny and full of questions; such is life after all.” (Read full review)

4.0          Pink Fox Patrol

“I love the repartee between Edgar Allan Guzman and Mercedes Cabral – she with the pouty lips and ample bosoms!  Both act very well here and it was really enjoyable to see how their characters tread that line between lust and that pretense of not loving each other.” (Read full review)

4.0          Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“But in all fairness to Gerry Gracio, he is able to capture the book’s core and essence and adopt it well for the big screen. Even more amazing is debuting director Erick Salud’s deft handling of the material, making it a sure crowdpleaser for today’s young audiences with its numerous hip and hilarious scenes.” (Read full review)

4.0          Julien Merced Matabuena (Manila Bulletin)

“But profanity and exposures of various body parts aside, “Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me” is surprisingly not uncomfortable to watch. The production team deserves a pat on the back for managing to translate from paper to the silver screen the “vulgar” thoughts of a young man without being offensive.” (Read full review)

4.0         Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

Ligo na U is a refreshingly honest look at modern relationships not based on the boy-meets-girl-and-they-all-live-happily-ever-after formula we’re all force-fed these days. This quirky little movie makes plain old lust and ambivalent emotions easier to swallow, certainly easier than it is in real life.” (Read full review)

4.0          Perfectly Lonely Soul

“What sets this film apart from the rest of the movies which fall under the same genre – No Strings Attached, Friends with Benefits and more recently, Star Cinema’s No Other Woman – is its solid characterization and its guts to actually mean what it says. In other words, it doesn’t compromise its plot to win the audiences’ hearts.” (Read full review)

4.0          Ihcahieh

“The older generation might not get the humor of the film or get turned off by the “vulgar” showcase of flesh and the many sex scenes treated with direct nonchalance. On the contrary, members of the younger generation, who are involved in the kind of relationship being depicted here, would most likely see it as a documentary of their very own lives.” (Read full review)

3.5          Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“What makes the movie work is that the script, written by Jerry Gracio, is never apologetic for its excessiveness, and it feels like being at the other end of the rollercoaster ride: seeing what’s coming ahead and enjoying the thrill nevertheless.” (Read full review)

3.5          Isabelle Sarah (The Toss Coin Paradox)

“True enough, its witty presentation of some trivial and not so trivial perceptions in the society makes it a more profound rom-com movie than the others. It explores the trivial ‘post-modern love’ and the not so trivial ‘relationship of ethics and sex’.” (Read full review)

3.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me is deeply flawed, the narrative simply going nowhere past a certain point. And a couple of technical issues do the film a real disservice. But for a while, it’s entirely charming. The script is full of wit and the actors all do a fine job of getting that through.” (Read full review)

3.0          Manuel Pangaruy (Contributor, IndioCine)

“Convincing ang dalawang lead. Halos solo nilang dinala ang pelikula pero dahil nga mula ito sa boses ng lalake, mas nangibabaw ang karakter ni Intoy. Makulay ang mga eksena, mabilis din ang cut para sa merong short attention disorder at streetsmart ang mga linya na siguradong makaka-relate ang mga kabataang nasa ganitong relasyon.” (Read full review)

3.0          Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me is an inspired and gratifying cinematic frolic. With an engaging story and earnest portrayals all around, it shouldn’t be missed.” (Read full review)

2.5          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“It is all cute at first. Sex has never been a serious proposition for Filipinos. Sex has been quite the favorite punchline for skits and jokes. There is therefore a very wicked sense of accuracy as to how Intoy’s sexual awakening is depicted with cartoonish humor and irreverence. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t know how to grow up. It never graduates from being just an effective sitcom.” (Read full review)

2.5          Taking a Break

“The material was very intriguing: what do you do when you find out that the girl you love likes you enough to fuck you–but not enough to commit to you? And what do you do when she tells you that she’s pregnant with someone else’s child? It’s fertile storytelling ground! But we spend more time with the awkward courtship between our two main characters than actually exploring their relationship further. Which irks me.” (Read full review)

2.0          Pelikula Tumblr

“Despite the nuisances of the characters they’re playing, Guzman and Cabral deliver respectable performances. Currently tagged by the local entertainment press as this year’s ‘prince and princess’ of the local indie scene (gag-worthy titles which I abhor), the on-screen couple is perhaps the biggest reason why young people will love Ligo Na U.” (Read full review)

2.0          Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

“Maybe the problem is in the editing. I did not feel compelled or thrilled or updated even. The scenes looked like separate happenings without a seamless thread to go on. A scene enters after another, and all we have as transition is Guzman’s VO, which doesn’t usually hit the proper timing.” (Read full review)

2.0          Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“I did enjoy the film but I find it to be lacking.  It was an almost there comedy.  There were some really memorable lines in this film, but I found not much memorable scenes or sequences.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

4.0          Lyndon Maburaot (Member, Cinephiles)

“The worst thing that can be said of Ligo is it’s trying to be smart-ass, thus pretentious. Past that and from another standpoint, it is: pedestrian, streetsmart, light, playful, sexy, brave, vulgar, proud, unapologetic. The movie is what the book is: from tone to language to essence.”

3.0          Json Javier (Member, Cinephiles)

“Smartly-written film that crumbled in its last act; Mercedes Cabral was amazing, though.”

3.0          Ronald Rios (Member, Cinephiles)

“Super tino ang pagkkagawa to think na mababaw lang ang plot, hilarious, love the soundtrack.”

2.5          Nico Quejano (Member, Cinephiles)

“Smart na rin naman batuhan. Minsan lang parang over-written na ng konti. Pero mahusay mga nagsipag-ganap.”

2.0          Redundante Mendoza (Member, Cinephiles)

“Above-average acting [Mercedes Cabral is a ball of thunder, Edgar Allan Guzman simply soars in every scene]…but overwritten script, muddled editing, too enthusiastic direction. Funny mostly, but many humorous attempts are hard sell. This is just me. I’d still recommend Ligo because it is highly watchable.”

2.0          Skilty Labastilla (Member, Young Critics Circle – Film Desk)

“The lead performers are competent but the script is predictable and tries so hard to be cute.”

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