Director: Wenn Deramas
Producer: Star Cinema and Viva Films
Distribution: Star Cinema and Viva Films
Date of premiere: October 10, 2012
Surprisingly, Wenn Deramas's new movie is tolerable. Unlike his previous films--Praybeyt Benjamin and Moron 5 and the Crying Lady--that are annoying and truly awful, This Guy's In Love With You Mare feels okay. Watching this won't make you lose brain cells.
This movie's story is pretty common: Lester (Vice Ganda) gets depressed after Mike (Luis Manzano), his boyfriend of three years, leaves him for Gemma (Toni Gonzaga). In hopes of getting his macho stud back, he pretends to be a guy to court Gemma, so she would break up with Mike.
What makes this movie okay is the abundance of smart jokes. There are many sight gags and hidden jokes in many scenes that are played with no hard effort. This is unlike the delivery of the jokes in Praybeyt and Moron 5, where jokes are stale but they go on and on.
A few of these smart gags are: someone rolling down the stairs behind the main characters in a bar scene, Vice Ganda's photo wall, and Buboy Garrovillo's new hair. I forgot the rest.
What makes this material soar is the presence of Vice Ganda, whose unique delivery of lines can make any dead joke damn hilarious. Still, you'd wish that he learns when he's already over-acting.
Also, Vice's best scenes happen in the first half, when he's on a revenge streak. When he calms down and the movie gets dramatic, the film gets boring.
The other lead characters, on the other hand, deliver shaky performances. Toni Gonzaga portrays her character to be smart, but then she fails to see Lester's true intent. Luis Manzano plays his character dumb at times, and smart at times, it gets confusing what is right. In fairness, this may not be the two actors' fault, but the director's.
Other actors in this movie, meanwhile, are forgettable. Only Tessie Tomas makes a mark, but only because she puts on a rough Visayan accent that's hardly believable.
All in all, This Guy's In Love With U Mare! is just okay. See it for Vice Ganda, whose the star of this film, after all.
RATING: 2.5 stars out of 5
SUMMARY: Better than the truly awful Praybeyt Benjamin and Moron 5 and the Crying Lady. Is Wenn Deramas getting better? I doubt it, but it's fun to see him try.