Unofficially Yours

Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.56 (24 ratings)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina

Writer: Juan Miguel Sevilla

Cast: John Lloyd Cruz, Angel Locsin, Edgar Allan Guzman, Tetchie Agbayani, Edgar Mortiz, Ian De Leon, Boom Labrusca, Patrizha Martinez, Dannielle Martinez, Dana Martinez, K Brosas

Synopsis: Mackie (John Lloyd Cruz) has a one night stand with a woman who disappears in the morning. That woman, however, turns out to be Ces (Angel Locsin), one of his new coworkers at his new job at the Manila Bulletin. Mackie is smitten with Ces, but she seems unwilling to invest in a relationship. She’s only willing to take part in the occasional casual hookup. But Mackie continues to pursue her, hoping to break through her defenses with a relentless assault of niceness. But Ces is harboring major pain, and would rather run away than risk getting hurt again. (Click the City)

Running time: 110 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

4.5          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle Film Desk)

“The ultimate feel-good movie. Finally, a Star Cinema romcom production hits all the right notes. Garcia-Molina’s confident direction engages the viewer from the first minute to the last. John Lloyd Cruz has always been a reliable romantic lead and here he lays out all the cute and the everyman charm he has perfected over the years, but it’s Angel Locsin who’s the emotional core of the film and she plays the romantically traumatized woman with nary a false note — certainly one of the cleanest performances by a Pinoy actor in recent memory. Climax is a little mushy but not forced, you still believe that it can happen in real life. Pinoys are hopeless romantics anyway.”

4.5           Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

Unofficially Yours shows us how two people—one a hopeless romantic and the other a tough cynic—fall in love. It’s entertaining and funny and poignant. Yes, there’s crying but only near the very end. I would totally watch it again and willingly overlook the public declaration of love, which is almost a requirement in mainstream rom-coms.” (Read full review)

4.5         Mark Angelo Virly Ching (Pisara.me)

“It is fun and gooey to watch the exploits of the two lead characters. John Lloyd is magnetic on screen, and lends his character authenticity by doing almost nothing at all. Angel gives her character a practicality, and it works.” (Read full review)

4.0          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“The innovation of the entire rom-com formula however is not the point of the film. It is charm and the guiltless enjoyment one derives from that manufactured charm.” (Read full review)

4.0          Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin candidly depict what could have been prosaic characters running on hackneyed plot, but their kinship has evolved into a cinematic partnership that translates into something akin to magic – on screen.” (Read full review)

4.0          Bibsy Carballo (Philippine Star)

“These are the limitations with which director Cathy Garcia-Molina has to deal with, that of working within the traditional rom-com while presenting something new. Which we happily could say she does with considerable aplomb.” (Read full review)

4.0          Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“Albeit being too commercial for my taste, and never really taking risks, this is the classic textbook definition of going by the rules or going by with what you know best and performing exceptionally, and the movie paid off really well.” (Read full review)

4.0          Nicol Latayan (Back to the Frying Pan)

“While others might say that this has a been-there-done-that feel with the friends with benefits topic, what I like about the film is that it stayed true to its intentions. It featured the highs and lows of that scenario, and it never attempted to feel that it’s above or beyond that.” (Read full review)

4.0          Ian Urrutia (Pinoy Cinema Tumblr)

“Like most Star Cinema hits under Cathy Garcia-Molina’s directorial helm, Unofficially Yours makes for a fairly giggling great time, slipping into yet another screwball romantic comedy that flourishes in flighty warm visuals and manic energy from its two leads.” (Read full review)

4.0           Json Javier (Pinoy Cinephiles)

“From the opening sequence that involved a forgettable ‘laman vs. sabaw’ discussion down to the clichéd dialogue we’ve heard in previous movies, you know this one’s hobbled by a weak screenplay. Trust a gifted director like Cathy Garcia-Molina to create magic out of something formulaic. There was even a brilliant sex sequence guaranteed to elicit laughter for minutes. I didn’t completely buy the chemistry of the leads but they did really good work individually. John Lloyd Cruz continued to show why he’s the best actor of this generation. He was charming without ever being cloying and he actually helped elevate Angel Locsin’s performance (probably her best work to date). Overall, this latest romantic-comedy from Star Cinema didn’t really break new ground but damn it, it made me ‘kilig’ the whole time.”

4.0         Kaye Villagomez (Manila Bulletin)

“If you found situational humor from movies like Going the Distance and The Ugly Truth amusing, Unofficially Yours fits your type of chick flick, with a large dose of Pinoy kilig to boot.” (Read full review)

4.0          Ely Valendez (Ely’s Planet)

“The good chemistry between John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin mixed with the dramedy (drama-comedy) made the movie more appealing to the public. Whether you’re single, inlove, or in a casual relationship status, Unofficially Yours is a must-watch.” (Read full review)

4.0          Starmometer

“Cathy Garcia-Molina does it again. She brings out John Lloyd Cruz’ charm, paired it with the sexiness of Angel Locsin, gave them interesting lines and memorable scenes, and voila! Another highly entertaining and money-making rom-com movie.” (Read full review)

4.0          Ihcahieh

“The ending is abrupt and some issues are left hanging, convenient ending, in short. At least they do not go wrong with a cliche ending or a bizarre twist. This is an enjoyable movie and I could say that the people in the audience had a really good time.” (Read full review)

4.0          Rod Magaru (The Rod Magaru Show)

“The film’s strength is that as the film progresses, so do our main characters. We care and enjoy spending time with them.” (Read full review)

3.5           Maureen Marie Belmonte (Manila Bulletin)

“Although it could have used a few more ‘outside’ conflicts other than those between Locsin and Cruz’s characters, the film is still worth watching if only because it delves on modern-day themes: the hurt, the searching, the hopeful and the ones who reject labels in relationships.” (Read full review)

3.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Unofficially Yours is sweet enough, but it ends up ringing false. The characters lose sympathy once the movie enters its melodramatic third act, and whatever charm the film still had dissipates as it contrives the elements of romcom formula.” (Read full review)

3.0          Nestor Torre (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“All told, Unofficially Yours has more going against rather than for it – but, the leads’ committed portrayals keep us hoping for the best – up to the final fade.” (Read full review)

3.0           Reel Advice

“While the story might be a huge disappointment, everything else was the opposite. The lines were good, fresh and mostly funny – not cheesy at all. While the acting was average with John Lloyd strutting his stuff once again while Angel somewhat lagging on some scenes, there was clear chemistry between the two leads.” (Read full review)

2.5          Tessa Maria Guazon (Young Critics Circle Film Desk)

“Falling into the trap of characterization (weak at that), the film tentatively skimmed the contexts that give rise to these agreements and ultimately lost the potential inherent to romantic comedy to ‘negotiate and respond dynamically to [the] issues and preoccupations of its times’.” (Read full review)

2.0          Rolando Tolentino (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino)

“Sa huli ng pelikula, ang non-tradisyonal na babae ay magiging tradisyonal, magmamanikluhod para muling tanggapin ang pag-ibig ng lalake.  Ang kilig factor ang pinakaimportanteng dating ng romantikong komedi:  harana, debosyon, pag-aantay, at pagpapakadakila, na pawang ipinasa sa lalakeng bida dahil nga non-tradisyonal ang babae.” (Read full review)

2.0          Edgar Allan Paule (Viewer Discretion)

Unofficially Yours is mere fodder for chicks who 1. love John Lloyd and 2. like to think of themselves as forward-thinking and liberated, but secretly wish for a guy who will pull out the chair, shower them with roses and chocolates, and treat them like the princesses they are.” (Read full review)

2.0          Libay Cantor (Leaflens Takilya)

“And another thing is, I just wish they didn’t fall into the trap of stereotyping women again, na dahil lang nasaktan sa pag-ibig chever ay ‘loose morals’ na ang dating kaya parang pakawalang pukengkeng na lang siya.” (Read full review)

Comment:

3.0          Nico Quejano (Pinoy Cinephiles)

“This is the best I have seen from Angel Locsin. But the sex scenes were not hot. It was less sexy and more comedic, and one sequence was really funny. Yung 3rd act lang and mediyo OA, puro iyakan na. It was fun until that part. Pero the use of 70’s songs and the homage to traditional media were genius.”

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4 thoughts on “Unofficially Yours

  1. from a Filipino point-of-view it’s definitely a good movie. it may slightly be lascivious on some parts but you wiLL never call it BORING. the concept of JL and Angel being writers weren’t maximized. Nevertheless, we enjoyed it all throughout, unlike some pinoy movies that’LL make u puke by the end because it would get too corny and the lines would really be out of context. they have this undeniably gigantic chemistry that would definitely hit your funny bone (wherever that is).

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