Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.14 (14 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Jose Javier Reyes

Writers: Jose Javier Reyes, Mel del Rosario

Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, Eugene Domingo, Miriam Quiambao

Synopsis: When the bank he works for as an executive goes downsizing, Rod can’t accept that he’s being demoted and resigns. He applies for other jobs but can’t find work. He hides the truth that he’s jobless from wife Mia, who is understandably miffed when she finds out about it by accident. Mia then works for an insurance company and she’s a big hit with her clients, while Rod, the once hot shot bank exec, now keeps house and looks after their two kids. (From Mario Bautista’s review)

Running time: 110 mins.

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Reviews:

4.0          Jojo Panaligan (Manila Bulletin)

“It helps that the stars of the film – Ryan Agoncillo, Judy Ann Santos, and Eugene Domingo have more chemistry than a periodic table.” (Read full review)

4.0          Maureen Marie Belmonte (Manile Bulletin)

“A character-driven film, it’s comforting to see how Reyes just plainly laid out the complexities involved in Mia and Rod’s unwelcome setup. Every sequence was important and every side story was, in a way, relevant to drive his point home.” (Read full review)

4.0          Nicol Latayan (Back to the Frying Pan)

“What elevated the film though is their perfect chemistry with third wheel Eugene Domingo. Domingo’s character was written not as a cardboard character but as a piece of the puzzle. Her character was fleshed out, and that gave Domingo room for her character to be as human as possible.” (Read full review)

4.0          Ihcahieh

“That is what makes it easy for one to quickly relate to this film, because at first you might think that it is a film about Rod and Mia, but in the end you will realize that it was actually about you, too.” (Read full review)

3.5          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“Its script is filled with keenly observed moments, and the acting is more than strong enough to make those moments sing. But the shakiness of the production is just too difficult to ignore.” (Read full review)

3.5          Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“There are times when you feel like you’re watching the pilot of a TV sitcom about role reversal (like the one Juday and Ryan did after their wedding, George and Cecil), but Reyes does manage to come up with some witty, funny comic ideas rising out of this situation.” (Read full review)

3.5          Maureen Marie Belmnote (Manila Bulletin)

“A character-driven film, it’s comforting to see how Reyes just plainly laid out the complexities involved in Mia and Rod’s unwelcome setup. Every sequence was important and every side story was, in a way, relevant to drive his point home.” (Read full review)

3.0          Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

My Househusband, in all fairness, is a bit more mature than the mentioned films above, since the main characters (played by real-life husband and wife Ryan and Juday) are already at the stage of survival, the struggle to make ends meet, all the while treading the line of gender equality.” (Read full review)

3.0          Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“I wish that the story could have been better though, if not more eventful.  The story is easily relatable, which is good, and I think that kinda was the appeal of the film.  The problem, I think, with the story was that it was not pushing envelopes.  It was just safe.” (Read full review)

2.5          Jessica Zafra (InterAksyon)

“Eugene Domingo is in her element: every time she’s onscreen the movie takes off. Unfortunately this makes the non-Eugene parts of the movie feel bland and slow.” (Read full review)

1.5          Katrina Stuart Santiago (GMA News)

“The only thing worse than a simple story is one where complexity and difficulty are portrayed as nothing but easy to resolve. That My Househusband is a film that talks about issues crucial to current discourses on patriarchy and the woman’s place beyond the home, can only make this mistake of simplification a most dangerous one to make.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

3.0          Manuel Pangaruy (Taga-ilog Special)

“Parang nagawa na nilang lahat ‘yung pinakita rito: actor, actress at writer/director. Oks lang s’ya pero ‘yun nga, Rated R for Recycled.”

2.5          Vin Ello (Cinephiles)

“Very interesting story. There are some funny moments. However, there are scenes that are quite boring esp. the first few scenes. Musical scoring is inconsistent, making some scenes more uninteresting. I find it boring when it’s obvious in the scene na parang pinaalis ang mga tao just to shoot the scenes. Movie is just ok. Dami lang extra – minor actors. Di tuloy solid ang casting. No problem with the main cast: Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo & Eugene Domingo.”

2.0          Json Javier (Cinephiles)

“Comparisons to the Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo movies are inevitable. It could have been part three of the series, only without the precious Bronson. The slow pacing and uneven tone further magnified that the movie just glossed over the storyline of being a ‘househusband’. Eugene Domingo, in full hysteria mode (God bless her!), is the sole source of laughs.”