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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.

Aug 4, 2013

Instant Mommy Movie Review: Eugene Domingo Redeems Herself After The Disastrous 'Tuhog'

WE DIDN’T enjoy Eugene Domingo’s portrayal of a surly bus conductress who’s “galit sa mundo” in “Tuhog” (and we have also seen better works of Director Veronica Velasco), but she certainly redeems herself as Bechayda in “Instant Mommy”. Bechayda is a wardrobe assistant having a long distance love affair with the Japanese boyfriend she met in Boracay, Kaoru (Yuki Matsuzaki), who tells her he’s undergoing divorce from his Japanese wife.

Although she’s the only woman in their family, it’s Bechayda who single-handedly works hard to support her dad (Rico Puno) and brother (Nicco Manalo.) With the financial help sent by Kaoru now that she’s pregnant, she dreams of getting a bigger house and having a better life. But she has a miscarriage. To help keep Kaoru, she fakes her pregnancy and this leads to some complications.

Debuting writer-director Leo Abaya does a superb job in letting us in on the secrets of shooting TV commercials, where tricks of deception are de rigeur to sell various products, just like the way Bechayda is deceiving Kaoru, who turns out to have a bigger surprise for her.

Uge’s fine performance helps sustain our interest in the movie, but Abaya doesn’t seem to know what kind of a better ending he’ll cook up with for the movie. There’s an entire sequence where Betchayda’s deception is uncovered but it turns out to be a dream sequence. The final ending they choose is simply unsatisfactory and lacks impact. It turns out that Kaoru is a heel and has no intentions of really separating from his Japanese wife. What a cop out after portraying him all throughout as an endearing character.