Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.48 (11 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Writer/Director: Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez

Cast: Ronnie Lazaro, Nonie Buencamino, Epy Quizon, Dwight Gaston, Soliman Cruz, Raul Morit, Hector Macaso, Bombi Plata, Roence Santos

Synopsis: BEBOT, a former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) has been down and out of luck after the Middle East crisis, that left him jobless and his family leaving him in the process. He hatches a plan with his loser friends from Quiapo — PIPOY, a call center agent; BOY GEORGE, a camera repairman; ABDUL, a Muslim pirated DVD seller; HESUS, a prophet of doom; and HECTOR, a former stuntman who has grown fat because of the demise of action films — to make an independent film of their own starring what to them is the most famous Filipino indie film actor nowadays especially with the sudden boom of indie films — RONNIE LAZARO. However, things became complicated when RONNIE LAZARO decides to beg off from acting on their supposed indie film. They suddenly found themselves accidentally kidnapping RONNIE and holing him up at BEBOT’s old dilapidated place in Quiapo. What will happen now that they have the most famous indie actor in the Philippines? Will they be able to finish their film on time? Or will the kidnapping test their bond of friendship?

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Reviews:

4.5       Bert Sulat (Rappler)

Ang Mga Kidnaper ni Ronnie Lazaro is one of the funniest Filipino movies of our time, if not of all time and is far more deserving of wide theatrical release than many of the contrived bonanzas that manage to get unspooled on the country’s silver screens.” (Read full review)

4.0      Susan Claire Agbayani (Business World)

“It pokes fun as well at indie filmmaking and filmmakers who resort to desperate measures (literally) to get the actor of their dreams for their indie film.” (Read full review)

4.0      Nel Costales (1505 Film Avenue)

“The laughs come freely because of the extraordinary rapport of the seven actors. The give-and-take and impeccable timing of the actors put the spotlight on the jokes.” (Read full review)

4.0       Rudolph Ian Alama (Rude World)

“The movie’s best part would be the parody of the much-stereotyped Filipino action film, which elicited one of the best laughs in the year. Certainly in my opinion a notch above another similarly themed movie Ang Babae sa Septic Tank.” (Read full review)

4.0        Arvel Salcedo (Spot Reviews)

“With his narrative in hand along with the help of his talented actors, the film succeeds in skinning alive all the stereotypes, clichés and weaknesses present in the Philippine movie scene he loves most.” (Read full review)

4.0        Edwin Sallan (InterAksyon)

“A little long, too but then so are most of the indie films I’ve seen. No other Cinemalaya has entertained me the way it did. As a guy who grew up in the Tito, Vic and Joey school of comedy. The good definitely outweighs the bad in this case. A must-watch on its own.”

3.85       Archie del Mundo (Pinoy Film Buffs)

“Entertaining. Engaging. Inding-indie. the old school kind of way.”

3.0          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Overly long (the middle part sagged) and at times gets a little too literal but I loved its energy and its championing of story over technique. I just wished the filmmakers took a little more time fleshing out the characters and ironing out amateurish tendencies (for instance, Nonie Buencamino’s Visayan accent is caricature and Epy Quizon’s accent is not believable as that of a call center agent).”

3.0          Manuel Pangaruy (Taga-ilog Special)

“For the sheer thought that it’s done without a hint of compromise, the film is serviceable.”

2.0          Alina Co (GMA News)

“After the initial delight of getting to know the kidnappers (mostly, their occupations), we find out later there is not much to learn.” (Read full review)

2.0          Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“While it had high highs, the movie had a lot of repetitive and boring moments.  And that somewhat over didactic message ending was expected.” (Read full review)