No Other Woman


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By Jon Verzosa

 

“No Other Woman”, in its fourth week in the theatres harvested almost 300 million pesos making it the most money-making movie in Philippine cinema of all time.

 

“No Other Woman” stars the divisive actress Christine Reyes, sexy man Derek Ramsey and megaton star and endorser, Anne Curtis.  It is directed by television director Ruel S. Bayani.

 

“No Other Woman” has the two prototypes of a woman; the wife and the mistress. Also, they are the both serious and modern women even with their bizarre difference.  They are divided by the citation of each as the archetypal, matured and forthright housewife and the blithe, happy-go-lucky and glamorous mistress.  Their only universal ground is the love of one furniture businessman who is supposed to be happily married but still took a mistress who get his boner happy or perhaps, as the movie suggests, patch his own psyche with this immorality as he searches for the equilibrium of his very unbalanced character.

The plot is effortless and did not provoke to be diverse compared to Thy Neighbor’s Wife, a movie of the same theme but whose subplots are more cavernous and well-thought of, however that may also be the beauty of it because instead of telling a story, it retold stories of 80s and 90s films, modernized it a bit like a good ole dirty gossip that has to be revived.  One more thing, this movie is so polished and its stars are all bankable.

 

Ram (Derek Ramsay) a magnetic, dyed-in-the-wool furniture salesman husband driven by his dream to prove himself to the world. To Ram, being a good husband that can offer the best life to his family is a lifelong goal. He is fixated with the idea of living out of the shadows of his father-in-law and away from the likeness of his estranged father.  Anne Curtis is Kara, a young, beautiful and cheery socialite who can and will get whatever she wants. She is a big flirt and has continuously been emotionally-detached to love. To Kara, life is all fun and in love, no strings attached. But deep inside, she has been yearning not just to be wanted and admired but likewise longed-for and justly loved.  The handsome perfect wife Charmaine played by the chameleon Cristine Reyes is shrewd as she is prim and proper.  Charmaine is fretful with image and takes her role as an ideal wife to heart. To Charmaine, she will let nothing and no one ruin her perfect marriage.  The story itself is an embodiment of a exactness that is happening in everyone of us in this generation of fast-everything, both in technology and love per se, although, in my own opinion, Pinoy culture in marriage has always been the possibility of a ‘third party’ thus this movie became so relatable. I think the formula of current issues about temptation, fidelity, devotion and love is one good reason why people spent money to see this movie. Pinoys are suckers for love and its dirty laundry.  This exists in the gossip domain of every household and offices being a very maintrigang country.  Of course, its three stars have a good following and bringing three of the country’s most in-demand stars will not only create money but will also has a breed of cult following most especially that its writers made sure that it is campy as it is triumphant in terms of character development.  Yes, I will agree that this movie was well-acted, particularly by Curtis and Reyes.  Ramsey is scratching in the surface of goodness but his samey facial expressions and overacted delivery of Ram’s character can be a bit jarring.

 

Below are the six reasons why “No Other Woman” captured the Pinoy oddity or in Tagalog, bakit pinatok ng masa ang pelikulang ito?

 

1.       Anne Curtis.  Period.

2.      Derek Ramsey’s butt became a massive oral tradition to early patrons.  Everyone who hasn’t seen the movie must absolutely see Derek Ramsey’s ass.

3.      The movie is so gay that one-liners have become a classic monolithic entertainment on social networks and television shows.  It had the irresistible formulation of being remembered for a very long time.  Well, campiness always does.  Look at Temptation Island?

For example:

”Ang mundo ay isang malaking Quiapo, maraming snatcher. Maaagawan ka, kaya lumaban ka!”

“I-pack-up mo na ang Lucy Torres mo, at ilabas mo na ang Gretchen Barretto mo! Ako ng bahala sa red stilettos mo”

Cristine to Anne:“Alam mo, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach pero sa gandang mo yan siguro marami kang alam na shortcut . . .”

 

4.       It may be a movie but the quintessential teleserye formula was a clever additive.  I almost melted like a candle in discomfiture when that horrible song, Now That Your Gone came up and was played ( and sang by the audience too) completely like a music video.

5.      Pinoys’ pastime of carnal tittle-tattle is such a sell-out to the tsismis realm and this movie satiates the grapevine culture because it is dirty, dangerous and controversial.

6.      Christine Reyes’ character Charmaine, depicts the modern, millenium wife.  It is the most powerful of all characters in the movie because she showed competitiveness and ran out in the boundaries of the typical meek housewife.  It is very interesting and Reyes’ work was genius to a pulp.  She is an inspiration to insecure wives who will fight not only to keep her marriage but to keep her intact in the midst of moral crisis.

 

“No Other Woman” is Grade A by the Cinema Evaluation Board.

 

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