Tired, convoluted, and rehashed ang The PreNup. It tried to prop up an old material by using the natural charm of its actors, kaso isang malaking “Anong nangyayari dito?!” ang end result.
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Jun Lana
GENRE: Romantic Comedy
CAST: Jennylyn Mercado | Sam Milby | Gardo Versoza | Dominic Ochoa | Jacklyn Jose | Freddie Webb
You know what they say about movie sequels? They usually fail. When movie production houses hit on something that works, they’ll milk it until it becomes unbearable. Such is the case for ‘The Prenup.’
One thing is clear to this writer: The PreNup sought to recreate the success of English Only, Please, that it feels like its sequel. Bakit nga naman hindi? Mercado and Ramsey bagged the lead acting awards for that movie and it was a box office hit.
The PreNup begins with an almost-failed wedding. Wendy (Jennylyn Mercado) comes in and “rescues” the situation with her “magical” makeup abilities. She comes home to a rather unconventional family with two gay fathers, and next thing we know, she’s catching a flight to New York to meet her biological father. Bago pa man makarating sa airport, she meets Sean (Sam Milby) in an accident that was actually caused by his reckless, rushing father. Nagkagirian ang dalawang panig hanggang sa magkaroon ng “monetary” resolution.
Lo and behold, the two ended up seating next to each other in the flight to the US, where they talked and become better acquainted. By some rather fast twist of fate, Wendy agrees to stay with Sean after finding out that she cannot stay with her father. That’s when the two got to know each other even more. Based on the number of outfit changes, after three (or four) days, the two fell in love. Before the two could “consummate” this love, Wendy declares a “no wedding-no labing” rule. This is where the tangled web of social classes and construct comes in. Back in the Philippines, their families meet and the push-pull of forces between warring parents becomes an impediment to their “love story” from blossoming further.
To describe it in a sentence: Weird ang entirety of the movie. For some reason, may skewed sense of reason and morality kung saan naka-angkla ang kuwento. And that makes it unrelatable and unbelievable. Mapapatanong ka na lang kung bakit ang isang babaeng pumayag na sumama sa isang complete stranger, kahit may ibinigay naman sa kanyang enough budget to stay in a hotel ay magre-require ng wedding before getting intimate with a guy she met just a few days ago. It was ludicrous, nonsensical even.
For a viewer, may certain discomfort in discovering na hindi totoong tao ang mga character kung saan umiikot ang kuwento. Yung tipong mapapa- “Anong pakialam ko?” ka na lang dahil di naman sila buo to begin with. Wendy’s profession as a makeup artist and Sean’s as a photographer didn’t add to the wholeness of the characters or contribute to our understanding of their ways of thinking. Once mo lang nakita si Wendy in her field of work. And Sam, never. You just hear that he is because there were a few lines talking about this but you never really get to know Sean.
The Prenup has a faulty screenplay and weak direction or a combination of both, such that the movie failed to transform the characters into real, relatable people on screen. Instead, the movie complacently fitting the characters into tried (tired?) and tested molds that “work.” This made the story uninteresting and boring even as it has a barrage of conflicts, which really just made the whole wedding engagement chaotic. Even though the main characters are smack in the middle of a web of dispute, the viewer won’t really feel any solid and believable (acceptable?) conflict. Kaya sa mata ng manunuod, nag-aaway sila for the sake of fighting. Walang rason, pero kung wala noon, walang pelikula.
Malaking kasayangan ng galing at natural charm ni Mercado. Sayang kasi ang nipis ng pagkakahulma ng mga karakter sa pelikula. It wasn’t tackled delicately, instead, the movie whipped out a caricature–no trace of being “human.” There came a point when she got too loud that you do not really understand why she is that way.
Sam Milby is forgettable. He just played another Am-boy stereotype, without any character progression whatsoever. In fact, you might even ask why a highly-Westernized guy would agree to a girl almost “coercing” him into a life-long commitment. It’s basically a problematic foundation that the whole point of the movie seemed to collapse sa simula pa lang.
‘Di sila nag-succeed in suspending the viewer’s disbelief dahil they made it into a sitcom all through out. Almost naging “schtick” ang marami sa mga eksena than actual “struggles” between two lovers. Actually, you don’t really feel na ang problema ay nasa dalawang main characters. Everything that made the plot convoluted was caused by an outsider.
In the end, hindi mo mage-gets kung ano’ng gustong ipahatid na bago ng pelikula. Sobrang dami naman na talagang movie ang tumalakay sa ganitong klase ng differences between couples and their families. Sana nga lang they spent extra time to refine the story and not make it contrived. We suggest watching other movies like Kasal Kasali Kasalo and May Minamahal instead. ♦