Okay sana ang ‘Foolish Love’ kung nagpaka-campy o nagpaka-drama na lang ito. Unfortunately, it’s a rom-com, at it’s neither romantic nor comedic. Kung female empowerment ang hanap mo, this is not the movie for you. Nakawi-windang ang twist sa final act, and it may come off as weird, if not offensive.
SYNOPSIS: Nag-aalala si Virgie (Angeline Quinto) na tumatanda na siya at hindi pa rin niya nahahanap ang lalaking para sa kaniya. Isang araw, may isang misteriyosong lalaki (Jake Cuenca) na nagpakilalang siya si Reynaldo dela Cruz, ang kababata ni Virgie na napanaginipan niya.
DIRECTOR: Joel Lamangan
GENRE: Romance, Comedy
CAST: Jake Cuenca | Angeline Quinto | Miho Nishida | Tommy Esguerra | Cai Cortez | Beverly Salviejo | Jerald Napoles | Vangie Labalan | Arlene Mulach
Foolish Love tells the story of Virgie (Angeline Quinto), isang thirty-something na naga-alala na napag-iiwanan na siya ng panahon when it comes to love, to the point na she’s already considering entering the life of single-blessedness. As in ready na siyang maging madre. Hopeless romantic si Virgie: nagsusulat siya ng mga tula, she prays to God for signs, nagoyo siya ng isang guwapong mandurukot na nagbigay sa kaniya ng kaunting attention sa isang bus trip, at willing siyang hanapin si Reynaldo dela Cruz, ang kaniyang kababata-slash-first-kiss dahil napanaginipan niya ito during a time na she felt hopeless (it’s a sign!).
Enter ang isang lalaki (Jake Cuenca) na nagpakilala na siya si Reynaldo dela Cruz. The movie made it clear that the guy is not the person he claims to be, kaya para sa manonood, initially, mukhang ito ang premise ng pelikula: just how far can the charade (the foolishness?) go before Virgie finds out? At despite the pretense, totoo ba naman kaya ang nade-develop na feelings nila sa isa’t-isa?
The movie ended up being
really strange, if not, well,
It’s a tired rom-com trope for sure, kaya naman sinubukan ng pelikula na ibahin ang direction ng kuwento towards the final act of the movie. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. As in WTF moments ang mga eksena dito. Sabihin na lang natin na with the said act, whatever sympathy mayroon ang mga manonood kay Virgie (kung mayroon man to begin with), it will be put to the test. For a lack of a better term, the movie ended up being really strange, if not, well, totally foolish.
Foolish Love also tackles big issues like mental health and even religion, but treats it really lightly that it comes off as offensive. The conflicts presented, especially sa mga side stories ng ibang mga characters, feel that they were just put there for the sake of drama, but they don’t go anywhere. Based on the trailer, audiences are led to believe na there are three storylines in the movie–that of Virgie and her two friends (played by Miho Nishida and Cai Cortez), na mayroon ding pinagdadaanan “foolishness” sa kani-kanilang love lives. Pero the actual movie treats their stories as sidepieces. They didn’t even fit to the theme if you think about it.
In terms of acting, Angeline Quinto does an okay job in her “most daring role yet” (according sa mga balita). She does comedy well (see: Beauty in a Bottle), but her role as Virgie has a sense of bad deja vu in it (as in, pareho sa Beauty in a Bottle). In short, it’s teetering to become a stereotype. Huwag naman sana. Meanwhile, Jake Cuenca doesn’t do much here except brood. He looks good doing it, pero ‘yun lang. As for the supporting characters, it’s quite clear that the movie serves as a launchpad for Big Brother’s Miho Nishida and Tommy Esguerra. Unfortunately, it just shows how green they are. Cai Cortez is the only one that truly shines here; sayang lang at limited ang role niya.
Marahil maisasalba ang pelikula kung it went full camp or full drama/romance. Sa halip, sinubukan ng Foolish Love na bumangka sa dalawang ilog by making it a romantic comedy. The end result is a movie that’s neither. The movie is feels dated, dahil at the end of the day, isa na naman itong kuwento tungkol sa babaeng nangangailangan ng lalaki to make her life complete. ♦