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My Illegal Wife

Illegal WifeVerdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.50 (4 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Tony Reyes

Writers: Danno Kristopher Mariquit, Kriz Gazmen

Cast: Pokwang, Zanjoe Marudo, Ellen Adarna

Synopsis: Clarise (Pokwang) is another hopeless romantic obsessed with finding a husband. But after she is let go from her job as an entertainer in Japan, she meets the dashing young Henry (Zanjoe Marudo) aboard a plane home to the Philippines. But when the plane crashes and lands on a remote island in the Philippines, Henry suffers a severe case of amnesia. In order to satiate her obsession to find a husband, Clarise jumps at the opportunity to fool Henry into thinking that she is his wife. But when Clarise and Henry are finally rescued, their illegitimate marriage threatens to fall apart when Henry slowly regains his memory. (Rappler)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 115 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

2.0         Oggs Cruz (Spot.ph)

My Illegal Wife projects a nation dangerously addicted to escape and conglomerates that are quick to profit from the addiction. Predictably, most of the audience will likely leave theaters fleetingly amused. Hopefully, a few will absorb this horrid point that is ingeniously veiled in awful jokes and bad filmmaking.” (Read full review)

1.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“With neither its characters nor its comedy coming together in the way it should, My Illegal Wife becomes the butt of its own joke. In its frantic attempt to copy other films, it forgets to become something of its own.”  (Read full review)

1.5         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“The movie runs with a succession of parody that doesn’t quite synthesize into a singular coherent narrative. It’s a feast of paper-thin caricatures.” (Read full review)

1.0         Pinoy Exchange

My Illegal Wife suffers from a contrived plot and boxed characters. While it tried to use parody as a tool for comedy, it fails because the parodies were somewhat limited and unnecessary.” (Read full review)

Call Center Girl

Call Center Girl PosterVerdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.70 (5 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Don Cuaresma

Writers: Enrico Santos, Kriz Gazmen, Hyro Aguinaldo,

Cast: Pokwang , Enchong Dee, Jessy Mendiola, John Lapus, Ejay Falcon, K Brosas, Chokoleit

Synopsis: Teresa (Pokwang) returns home after thirteen years of working on cruise ships. In that time her youngest daughter Regina has built up a lot of resentment over her abandonment issues. Teresa sees her chance to reconnect with Regina by getting a job to help pay for her placement fee for a job in the UK. The job she gets is coincidentally in the same call center that Regina works at. But their proximity only causes more tension, especially as Regina comes to believe that her mother is flirting with their team leader Vince (Enchong Dee). (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 110 mins

Trailer: 

Reviews:

3.0          Pinoy Exchange

Call Center Girl has its moments, especially in the comedy department, yet overall the story while updated to suit the current era, still fails to offer something new.” (Read full review)

2.0          Dale Bacar (dalebacar.com)

“It offers a promising glimpse of the lives in an industry that is alien to most people – (it) just present(s) it so badly that people who have not lived this kind of life will end up not caring and will see it no more than just another bad mainstream cinema.” (Read full review)

1.5          Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“For a family flick that’s supposed to be hilarious, this one isn’t even all that funny—unless you’re the type who shrieks every time Pokwang demonstrates her skill at ‘splitting.'” (Read full review)

1.0          Oggs Cruz (Rappler)

“The movie is afflicted by atrociously lazy writing. The characters, instead of being shaped from concept or the logic of the story, are just reliant on the offscreen personas and charisma of the actors and actresses playing them.” (Read full review)

1.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“That wackiness might have worked, except for the fact that the film still makes play for open sentiment. It falls terribly flat, the film succumbing to the awkwardness of its tone.” (Read full review)