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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 5, 2012

The Absurd And Obnoxious Type Of Humor Of 'Boy Pick Up' Is Not For Conservative Viewers

THE OUTRAGEOUS and absurd type of humor shown in “Boy Pick Up” is not for all audiences. Today’s younger crowd can appreciate it more. Comedies today are so different from comedy films of old, not at all hesitant to resort to gross and obnoxious ways of making people laugh that will surely strike older viewers as absolutely non-sensical, fatuous and preposterous. But even in Hollywood, the rumor of todays comedians and comedy filmmakers like Jonah Hill and Judd Apatow can be offensive to more conservative viewers, like “Superbad”, “The Sitter”, and even “The Hangover” series.

“Boy Pick Up” is just a short segment in GMA-7’s gag show, “Bubble Gang”. Someone utters a pick up line then Ogie Alcasid as Boy Pick Up gives an answer. A lot of times, the answer is illogical, non sequitur, but his back up boy, Erie Neeman, would still shout and praise him as if he gave a supremely witty answer. It’ll be definitely ludicrous to older viewers but younger viewers seem to have made a connection with it, making it a big hit. So it’s no wonder they now made a full length movie out of it.

If you’re looking for intelligent, high brow, uplifting humor, then this movie is definitely not for you. It’s sheer ridiculousness might even insult you. But when we watched it at the premiere night, Director Dominic Zapata has given the on screen proceedings a certain kind of energy that somehow makes it quite watchable. We were not totally bored, even if there were some parts you’d wish would be quicker in pacing.

Boy Pickup is given a very thin back story. He is the champion in the Battle of Pick Up Lines and remains undefeated, until he falls in love with Solenn Heussaff and suddenly becomes normal, thereby losing his mojo in creating winning pick up lines. He lost to Bagwis (Dennis Trillo), a guy whose bride (Sarah Lahbati) left him on their wedding day because of Boy Pick Up. Eventually, Boy regains his lost pick up acumen and defeats Bagwis in their rematch, but Bagwis regains his girlfriend.

Ogie (who turns to play dual roles), Solenn and Dennis all attack their respective roles with gusto and without blinking at all. They are supported by so many stars who appear in cameo roles: Derek Ramsay as a bus conductor, Gina Alajar as a nun, Luis Alandy as a cigarette vendor, Boy Abunda and Dr. Vicki Belo as themselves, Ian Batherson, Kristoffer Martin and Joyce Ching in a supermarket scene, Bong Revilla as a pick up battle contestant, Dingdong Dantes, Director Joey Reyes and the Ogie’s co-stars in “Bubble Gang” led by Michael V as the energetic pick up battle emcee. If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world comedy, then you’ll enjoy “Boy Pick Up”.