Kung kilig at kilig lang din naman at fan service to YaNdre, go na sa ‘Girlfriend for Hire.’ Bet ‘to ng mga nagpapantasyang magkaroon ng yayamaning boyfriend who will treasure you in questionable romantic(?) ways. Walang bago, typical Wattpad story na mas fantasy kaysa reality.
DIRECTOR: Vanessa U. de Leon
SCREENPLAY: Jose Javier Reyes (based on the Wattpad story “Girlfriend for Hire” by Yam-Yam28)
GENRE: Romance, Comedy
If you are a big fan of the actors and sold into the idea of the usual love-hate relationships between characters from totally different classes, then chances are, ma-enjoy mo ito. This is not a movie that thinks out of the box. Kilig is the goal and kilig it delivers, if you’re in the right state of mind that is. Dapat nasa mood kang lunukin ang usual formula ng Wattpad of somewhat abusive rich guy meet spunky poor girl. ‘Girlfriend for Hire’ is full of the romcom scenes we know to expect. This one almost has it all, from rooftops to rainstorms. They’ve got it all for you, ‘ika nga.
Yassi Pressman plays Nami, an orphan while Andre Paras is Bryle, a not-so-little poor rich kid. The two eventually hit it off but not before revealing cliched back stories. The logic for Bryle to hastily get a girlfriend by paying for one is hazy at best as the urgency was never really established. Kahit okay ang general pace (though panira ang mga prominent product placements), sketchy ang storytelling. Siguro ayos na rin na hindi masyadong nag-dwell sa sob stories ng dalawang bida para straight na agad sa kilig situations. At least, klaro talaga ang pelikula sa kanyang intention. You guessed it, magpa-kilig.
The ending is awkward and cringe-worthy kasi it delayed reactions for far too long. But at least, for once, this scene is not as commonplace as the ones before it. Ang tanong ko lang, kailangan bang ang resolution ng conflict/ang big reveal ay parating nasa malaking party/significant gathering parati?
For a film that’s aimed at an age range that can be strongly influenced, ‘Girlfriend for Hire’ could have explored other ways or representing the main characters, especially Nami—nagpu-fuel pa kasi ito ng fantasies of damsel-in-distress-needs-to be-rescued-by-a-good-looking-knight-in-shining-Chevrolet. Hello naman, 2016 na.
Although, there is much room for improvement sa ‘Girlfriend for Hire,’ aliw naman na both Pressman and Paras showed promising comedic timing and delivery. Yes, some scenes are awkward pero mukhang dahil ‘di maganda ang camera angling.
Kung kilig at kilig lang din naman at fan service to YaNdre, go na sa movie. Bet ‘to ng mga nagpapantasya magkaroon ng yayamaning boyfriend who will treasure you in questionable romantic ways. It’s your usual Wattpad pa-kilig story, mas fantasy kaysa reality. ♦