TuhogVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.71 (14 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Veronica Velasco

Writers: Veronica Velasco, Jinky Laurel

Cast: Enchong Dee, Eugene Domingo, Jake Cuenca, Empress Schuck, Leo Martinez

Synopsis: The movie begins with a bus accident, which results in three people getting impaled on a metal pole. From there, the movie tells the stories of these people, fleshing out the months leading up to the accident. Tonio (Leo Martinez) is retired, and he feels that his family no longer appreciates him. Out of this frustration, he makes the rash decision to follow his lifelong dream of opening a bakery. Fiesta (Eugene Domingo) is a surly bus conductors feared by all the drivers in the company. Her latest driver is Nato (Jake Cuenca), who intrudes into her life and decides to woo her. College student Caloy (Enchong Dee) is in a long-distance relationship with Angel (Empress). The two are virgins, and are raring to have sex with each other, but the distance is putting a strain on both of them. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Running Time: 105 mins.

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Reviews:

5.0         Katrina Stuart Santiago (GMA News Online)

“The greatness of Tuhog is its creation of this community within the film. But also it is about its ability to include the spectator in that community, to engage the viewer so much that she might forget to disengage with the world of this film.” (Read full review)

4.5         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“With its heart ruling its head, Velasco’s movie follows its characters’ divergent stories with uncommon insight and precision as she effectively juggles the film’s many dramatic and comedic scenes with aplomb. These tales ooze with warmth, humor, tragedy, and unalloyed humanity—and you’ll find yourself relating to situations that never feel contrived or manipulative.” (Read full review)

4.0         Fred Hawson (ABS-CBN News)

“The story was carefully thought out and plotted. The execution by the director was meticulous which was impressive for a complex script like this one.” (Read full review)

4.0         Dale Bacar (dalebacar.com)

“While the film isn’t perfect, it is by far the best product that Star Cinema has come up with in recent years. Devoid of that commercial and condescending feel that has become synonymous with the brand, this film simply restores our faith in the studio and makes us look forward to similar projects that finally make us feel that Star Cinema (through its indie arm) is trying to help uplift the local film industry.” (Read full review)

4.0         Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“With actors who are comfortable in theater and film, Tuhog is acted very ably by a great ensemble cast: Leo Martinez is a virtuoso and particularly moving; Eugene Domingo is in her element; even the matinee idol Enchong Dee can charm the socks off anyone. And remember what I said about Jake—best work to date.” (Read full review)

4.0         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

Tuhog is a very competent and inspired take on life’s many possibilities and how fate can possibly bring us to see that. It’s one that can make you ask questions about yourself despite not getting the answers instantly.” (Read full review)

4.0         Ihcahieh

“What makes the movie interesting is how realizations regarding mortality are derived from the depiction of mundane daily routine. It paints life as some sort of crossroads where everyone shares the same pathways but sees them differently because of what they are experiencing at the moment.” (Read full review)

3.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“There is some potent stuff in here, a surprising maturity and brutal honesty that gives these stories resonance. The directing is more than solid, and the acting is great across the board. It is hard to love the entire package, but it easy to adore the individual parts.” (Read full review)

3.5         Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Tuhog is something to behold within the context of a mainstream cinema that shuns experimentation and adventurism. Through convictions and compromises, Velasco and Laurel have come up with a film that successfully bridges the gap between smart and sentimental, eccentric and emotional, quirky and conventional.” (Read full review)

3.5         Nestor Torre (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“The antic plot and its ‘crazy’ mix of protagonists are difficult to keep in creative play, so filmmaker Velasco should be credited for pulling off the risky ‘juggling’ act.” (Read full review)

3.0         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Tuhog is an engaging, if uneven, triptych that could have used a little more daring storytelling, a little more nuanced characterization, and a little less soap opera moments, in its exploration of three lives connected by an accident. Still…the movie manages to sustain viewers’ interest throughout its duration, thanks to earnest performances by the cast and a breezy, sure-footed direction.” (Read full review)

3.0         Rob San Miguel (Brun)

“Kudos should be given to Velasco and Laurel for penning a complex script. Velasco has managed to hold the film together making it entertaining without being too pretentiously artsy.” (Read full review)

3.0         Armando dela Cruz (Film Police)

“This is a great film, overrun by even greater faults. But past it, it’s a workable dark comedy stuffed with some rewarding gems.” (Read full review)

3.0         Eduardo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“Because his presence as a trope sort of gives consequence to the narrative, a sense of cosmic checks and balances, a kind of order to the chaos, the mystical drummer/beggar boy takes away from what makes the film resonant: how the freak accident that seals the characters’ fates is just a cosmic absurdity that could happen to anyone, whether you’re old, middle-aged or in the cusp of youth. The pat moralizing in the end further softens the underbubble of terror I had hoped the film would keep. Also, I may be alone in this, but I find Maliksi Morales sooo annoying, so casting him didn’t help sway me. I wish it went down the darker path it seemed pre-destined to take but given how Skylight is really just Star Cinema with a smaller budget, fat chance of that happening. In the end, it wrapped a film that’s essentially about the randomness and senselessness and absurdity of the universe in a feel-good bow that made sense of everything. But, reservations aside, there’s heaps here to enjoy. All three stories have a spring in its step and enough mileage to surplus three seperate movies. My favorite’s the Leo Martinez episode, which has the genial warmth and easygoing gait of a geriatric Japanese comedy. And there are nuances in each episode – – – about the obsolescence of age and the pitfalls of holding out on love and the futility of long-distance relationships – – – that resonate close to the bone.”