ENGLISH ONLY, PLEASE (2014 MMFF Entry) | Movie review

Plot :
Julian (Derek) just came from a bad break up with a Filipina and wrote everything he's feeling in a letter, which he decided to translate into Filipino. That's when he crosses paths with Tere (Jennylyn), a Filipino teacher who will translate his letter and teach him to speak in Filipino.

As they go along with their lessons for 45 days, the two find themselves falling in love with each other. Will they realize it in time or will they make the same mistake again?

Cast :
Jennylyn Mercado as Tere Madlansacay
Derek Ramsay as Julian Parker
Isabel Oli
Tom Rodriguez
Kean Cipriano
Isabel Frial
Cai Cortex


My notes on English Only, Please

1. The movie had a very problematic setup. Derek Ramsay's character Julian gave a stern directive of EOP at the start which was never followed all-throughout. And why did he require EOP if he wanted to learn Filipino anyway?
2. I've never heard of a tutor that picked up students from the airport or served as a PA. Tere (Jennylyn Mercado) deserved that $1000 fee.
3. Julian's supposedly too sophisticated for street food so he suggested they eat a sandwich at Dunkin Donuts instead. Really? For the sake of sponsorship? Speaking of, Tere didn't even look like a Tanduay kind of girl. Oh, wait...
4. Who knew that Jennylyn and Derek would actually have great chemistry? All the kilig moments were well-earned.
5. Jennylyn had never been better. Similar to Kim Chiu, I think this is her niche. Unlike Kim though, her character here never felt cartoonish. She was just effortlessly funny.
6. There were really funny bits and dialogue (mostly seen in the trailer) but weirdly enough, it felt like a recycled Antoinette Jadaone rom-com. Or at least it was structured just like one. (Yes, I knew she co-wrote the screenplay.)
7. The real revelation here was Derek Ramsay. After a dozen or so movies, he finally showed that he could act given the right material. His performance was still hobbled by the pretending-to-speak-funny-Filipino act but he was charming to the very end.
8. Why was the movie overscored like a sitcom? Did we really need those cues with every punchline?
9. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you can never go wrong with Cai Cortez.
10. It was hard to laugh at a blooper reel with its audio completely out of sync.

Directed by Dan Villegas and produced by Quantum Films and Heaven's Best Entertainment.

Movie Rate : ★★★☆☆

Movie Review by : Jason Javier

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