Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.71 (19 ratings)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Writers: Jade Francis Castro and Aloy Adlawan

Director: Jade Castro

Cast: Aljur Abrenica, Rhian Ramos, Jake Vargas, Bea Binene, Chariz Solomon, Kevin Santos, Enzo Pineda, Sef Cadayona, Ken Chan, Bela Padilla, Gwen Zamora, Ms Bella Flores

Synopsis: Isabel (Rhian Ramos) has built her on career on being the kontrabida, her bad behavior on and off the set making her a bankable star in soap operas. But after she has a near death experience, she finds herself unable to access the darkness that gives her characters such spark. She’s forced to go on a hiatus, and she’s encouraged to try and find her mojo. She takes advice from a series on Internet videos featuring Bella Flores. They tell her to go find a person that hurt her in the past, so that she can focus her hate properly. This leads her back to her hometown in Palawan, where her old friend Chris (Aljur Abrenica) still resides. A past humiliation fuels Isabel to try and ruin Chris’ life, but something else happens along the way. (Click the City)

Running time: 105 mins.

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Reviews:

5.0         Edgar Allan Paule (Viewer Discretion)

My Kontrabida Girl is a shining example of the possibility of a mainstream cinema that is sophisticated but not inaccessible, entertaining without being stupid. It offers audiences a realistic understanding of how relationships progress, a working philosophy of the dynamics of change.” (Read full review)

4.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“All in all, it’s a rom-com that really works, thanks to the smart script and the fairly deft direction, with many hilarious scenes that succeed in making us laugh and an endearing love story that is credibly developed.” (Read full review)

4.0         Mark Angelo Virly Ching (Pisara.me)

“The movie also serves as both a parody and a tribute to the kontrabidas of the local film industry. There’s a great montage that revisits these kontrabidas, with a good recurring punchline to boot.” (Read full review)

4.0         Starmometer

“Fresh from the success of his horror-comedy Zombadings, Jade Castro proves yet again that he has a talent in finding the funny bone of the viewers, putting the comedy in rom-com.” (Read full review)

3.5        Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“Director Jade Castro playfully weaves a light hearted and lithe narrative that belies the dark past of the characters (bullying, abuse, parental death, poverty). The film, at the very least, is a boisterous acknowledgement to the resilience of the human spirit!” (Read full review)

3.5          Ferdinand Bondoy (Tadi’s Potato on the Go)

“Aljur Abrenica on the other hand was able to deliver his role as a naive townsman yet charming enough to make every woman fall for him.   Whether intentional or not, he was able to make the people laugh at his adventures and misadventures.” (Read full review)

3.0         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“The unconventional rom-com, My Kontrabida Girl isn’t without flaws and ‘duh’ sequences, either (a truly ‘incredible’ awards rites, etc.)—but, at least, you’ll have a hearty laugh playing along with its winking comedic moments.” (Read full review)

3.0         Abby Mendoza (PEP)

My Kontrabida Girl is an entertaining, laugh-out-loud comedy more than it is an effective romantic film. The reason behind this is that apart from Rhian and Aljur’s contrived chemistry, Jade Castro’s plot is a more endearing tale on how friendships are broken and fixed again.” (Read full review)

3.0         Nico Quejano (Pinoy Film Buffs)

“I do have to admit that I did enjoy the movie, and for the first time was able to tolerate Aljur Abrenica. And in spite of the ridiculous plot about a soap opera villain going back to the province, I can say that there were moments of honesty in the movie. Yes, there were a lot of extremely painful scenes to watch – Aljur in the rain, Jake Vargas serenading – but there were subtle moments between Chris and Isabelle as well that I did like. But what I truly enjoyed were the subtle humor and the restraint use of the cameos that could have easily gone over-board. It was an amazing premise, just wish the director had better actors to work with.”

2.5         Nestor Torre (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“That unusual plot premise is full of tantalizing possibilities. Sadly, however, the movie chooses to develop a storyline that leads it down a rather bland and unproductive path, which involves the star’s former nemesis’ efforts to regain control of his parents’ little resort. —Excuse us, but what’s so fascinating and involving about that?” (Read full review)

2.5         Jowana Bueser (The Birth of Damnation)

“Like Lebron James, the film had a nice start and an initial good run then fumbled in the end. Director Jade Castro of the phenomenal Zombadings is at helm and his influences are apparent in the premise and some parts of the script. For some reason, I do not see him in the second half. There is a horrid feeling once the clout of mainstream studio-thinking manifests.” (Read full review)

2.5         Arsenio Tan Liao (Pinoy Cinephiles)

“Ito ang kaso ng isang indie film na sa bandang huli ay nagpaka-mainstream, at iyon ang greatest weakness ng pelikula. Para siyang one-act joke na pinaglaruan lamang. Maganda iyong premise ng isang kontrabida na hindi nagkaroon ng acting block dahil sa emotional baggage, pero hindi lahat ng cute na idea ay lumalabas na cute rin sa execution.”

2.0         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle Film Desk)

“The film has moments of charm and, save for some unintentional comedy in crying scenes, Aljur Abrenica is surprisingly effective as the dimwitted pretty boy who’s the target of Rhian Ramos’ ire. But the performances of most of the cast, including Rhian’s, are broad and slapstick-y. Jade Castro needs to fine-tune his ear for naturalistic human conversations, even for comedy films.

The movie’s main flaw, though, is its failure to establish a credible motivation for Rhian’s ‘plunge to the dark side’, so to speak. You don’t believe for a second that she’s really mean. That’s why her moment of epiphany (that made her ‘go back’ to being nice) feels false.

One last quibble: writers need to retire the word ‘este’. No one uses it in real life.”

2.0         Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“It’s a bit confusing, the frothy plot that starts off promisingly but sort of fizzles out in the end. Part satire, part homage, the story isn’t the tightest and the pace really drags in the last half hour of the movie.” (Read full review)

2.0          Ihcahieh

“Instead, the comedy aspect takes the backseat and is easily hindered by the contrived love story that becomes the focus of the movie after half an hour or so.” (Read full review)

1.5           Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“Some stories are square pegs, and they don’t quite fit in the industry’s well-worn round holes. It is exactly what goes wrong with My Kontrabida Girl, a film that starts out as a mildly dark screwball comedy and ends as a predictably tedious romance.” (Read full review)

1.5            Zig Marasigan (Lagarista)

“Direk Jade and Aloy Adlawan should have hid away this concept, developed it properly, and mounted it the way it deserves. Bella Flores, Cherie Gil, Maritoni Fernandez and Gladys Reyes deserve better.” (Read full review)

1.0            Jeff Vadillo (Roadman Adventures)

“As for the story, the plot of being a kontrabida seems interesting but the awful script, the awful jokes and the awful delivery of lines (except for Rhian Ramos) stole much of the thunder from what could have been a good movie. Even the reason behind the grudge harbored by Dominique against Kris does not logically match the magnitude of her hate towards him which sort of undermines the whole thing.” (Read full review)

1.0             Paul H. Roquia (Aliwan Avenue)

“Hindi nakasakay sa premise ng totoong buhay ang naganap sa pelikula. Hinahanapan ko ng malinis na pagkakatahi ng konsepto at binurdang cinematic humor sa finished product pero wala. Hindi rin nakakatawa ang dialogues, gamit na gamit na at contrived. Napaka-absurd pa ang pag-appear ng mga kontravida icons na halatang pampahaba lang ng pan-tatanga sa manonood.”