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Sarah-John Lloyd’s ‘It Takes A Man And A Woman’ Movie Review

[Updated] “It Takes A Man And A Woman” movie wouldn’t disappoint moviegoers who are expecting kilig moments in this Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz third film-tandem. It is full of cheesy lines mixed with relationship conflicts reflective of today’s typical relationships.

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John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo in “It Takes A Man And A Woman.”

Graded ‘A’ by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), the film directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films opened in the Philippines today, March 30.

Now that we’ve watched the film is the time to believe Garcia-Molina’s earlier statements saying the love story is a notch higher than the first two films. (Please note though that we are just basing the comparison to the previous films not with any other films.)

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Isabelle Daza is John Lloyd’s socialite girlfriend in ‘It Takes A Man And A Woman’. ~ Photo from Rogue Philippines

“It’s not about the same girl who’s giggling over her crush,” says the director. “Dito, natuto na sina Laida (Geronimo) and Miggy (Cruz) kung paano magmahal.” The two characters have already transformed into a man and a woman. As she puts it, “It really takes a man and a woman to love kasi love takes more than just the kilig. Kasama sa pagmamahal ‘yung pinagdadaanang problema at ‘yung capability mo to forgive.”

This is very evident on how the film unfolds from the very first scenes. One may not need to have had followed the first two installments to understand the story line as it reflects an almost-common Filipino couple relationships’ sweet and bitter moments, but those who have watched them evolved from the previous films would better appreciate this one.

The lines are very Star Cinema-ish aiming to retain to people’s minds and eventually become lines to float on airwaves or on various social media after the screening. A conscious take to make some of them become immortals like those in the John Lloyd – Bea Alonzo film, ‘One More Chance’ (it remains a favorite for many) is there. But these ‘quotable quotes’ seem not strong enough to be given the badge of immortality. Yet, this film could boast of its distinct aroma unique from the other Cruz or Geronimo films, and contains a distinct flavor perfect for everyone’s consumption even during this season of Lent.

Cinematography may not get an A+ but it doesn’t make the film inferior compared with the others. The actors have acted their parts well enough. The supporting cast that include Joross Gamboa, Gio Alvarez, Matet De Leon, Al Tantay, Irma Adlawan, Guji Lorenzana, Rowel Santiago, and Dante Rivero played their roles worthy of mentioning.

The beautiful Isabelle Daza who plays Belle, the socialite girlfriend of Miggy, just perfectly fit in the film adding more tension to the conflict between ex-lovers. Her character is someone a guy won’t just be easily traded with a Laida if not for true love.

Praising Cruz  for his portrayal of a mature Miggy wouldn’t be necessary for this review. That’s expected of Cruz and he has never failed his followers. Count this film as one of his best worthy of a throphy. Geronimo has emerged into an actress worthy of her leading roles but maybe we are yet to see her real acting gems if we see her in a different character other than Laida (and her likes). Nevertheless, she remains as sweet as herself even in doing a fiercer Laida Magtalas this time. Who wouldn’t like Sarah?

[Update] : WARNING: Wanna watch the film? Be ready to laugh a bunch and cry a river! Well, I did.

Box Office Turn-Outs

Though theirs was an offline relationship that failed to blossom even before it kicked off, their online partnership has succeeded both in terms of gaining followers and positive criticisms as well as adding golds to Star Cinema and to their individual coffers.

Cruz, despite his not so successful television show alongside Alonzo and Geronimo, despite the killing of her Sunday night variety show recently remain to be on the top of their games. ”It Takes A Man And A Woman” could prove that.

Or maybe it is safe to say it is a challenge for the film to prove that.

The film is battling against two foreign films on its opening week: the action-packed GI Joe Retaliation and the Stephanie Meyer-based film, “The Host.” Since the films are of different genres, it is quite expected that the Filipino film will take the lead in terms of box-office success. The macho men and their young boy counterparts will go out see ‘GI Joe’ while the Twilight Saga fanatics may go out to see ‘The Host’. Cruz still has his huge following from men and women of various ages to support him while Geronimo has with her the hordes of fan girls and fan boys who would fight anyone just to see her films. Then add to it the box-office results manipulation marketing  machinery of the Kapamilya network.

“It Takes A Man And A Woman” is now showing on theaters nationwide. Do you plan to watch?

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Ely Valendez

Ely Valendez is an award-winning blogger-journalist based in the Philippines. He handles several social media marketing projects for various brands in his home country as well as for a US-based IT/e-commerce company, PCM where he works full time. He uses his spare time doing financial consultancy for a UK-based company. He also sits as member of the Board of Directors of the Philippines Communication Society and serves as a web manager and resource person of the Philippine Press Institute.

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