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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.

Jan 6, 2016

My Bebe Love: A Very Commercial Movie In That It Has So Many Commercials

IT’S COMMON knowledge that “My Bebe Love” is originally meant to be a project for the reunion of Vic Sotto and Ai Ai de las Alas in a Metro filmfest entry. But even before they were able to start shooting, the phenomenon that is AlDub came into the picture and they just have to include the hit loveteam of Alden Richards and Yaya Dub aka Maine Mendoza into the cast.

In fairness to writers Bibeth Orteza and Joey Reyes (Joey also directs the movie), “My Bebe Love” does not merely capitalize on the hit love team. The movie still belongs mainly to Vic and Ai Ai as a pair of would be over-the-hill lovers who start on the wrong foot and AlDub gives them major support in a Romeo and Juliet-like love story.

Vic is Vito and Ai Ai is Cora, both heads of rival companies that manage events. Vic nearly runs over Ai Ai who naturally got mad when she falls into an “imburnal” and Vic won’t even apologize. To make matters worse, they fight for a single venue of differents events they handle and Vic wins again.

Things get more complicated when Vic’s daughter, Maine as Anna, and Ai Ai’s nephew, Alden as Dondi, meet by chance and get attracted to each other. But we all know all’s well that ends well in this kind of material as this, after all, is a feel good romantic comedy. The important thing is that it will please, first and foremost, the millions of fans of Alden and Maine who belong to the so-called AlDub Nation.

And they won’t be disappointed because Joey Reyes made sure that the movie has its quota of “kilig” scenes showing the young lovers going out on a date, holding hands, whispering sweet nothings to each other on the phone. Alden’s nice boy next door image and matinee idol clean cut presence ooze all over the screen. His fans certainly won’t complain.

Maine proves to have such a charming screen presence and she’s a natural actress who doesn’t have to resort to pa-cute scenes for the viewer to like her. But of course, giving her the best supporting actress award is another story. But hey, it’s not her fault, bashers! Maybe all the filmfest jurors are fans who secretly belong to AlDub nation. Maybe they also appreciate the fact that she’s no longer always dressed like a Yaya here as she is in “Eat Bulaga”. They make sure she looks like a fashionista on the big screen, always garbed in sleek outfits that are no longer recycled or worn before by someone else.

The on screen romance of Alden and Yaya Dub in their first movie is truly very pure and chaste. When they’re about to kiss, an animated heart suddenly springs between their lips to cover the screen. It might appear so “bitin” to their fans but, hey, this is just their first movie, okay?

Maybe in their next film project where they can go solo as a love team, their fans can expect more. In the meantime, you can still follow them in “Eat Bulaga’s” daily Kalyeserye which continues to attract viewers whose interests have not waned, as some killjoy wags envious of their enormous success have erroneously predicted.

“My Bebe Love” is surely a very commercial movie in more ways than one. It’s full of so many commercials and all the stars get to promote the major brands that they’re endorsing, from McDonald’s to Coke to Tide, PLDT Home, TalknText, Solmux, etc. etc. For these casual plugs alone, we’re sure the movie already made a killing even without their box office revenues yet.

We’re sure this is a kind of given that goes with the project and Joey Reyes cannot do anything about it, so he just tried his best to unabashedly accommodate and incorporate all these products into the movie. Of course, even if his hands are tied, we’re sure he’ll somehow agree that the audience still deserves something better for a Christmas holiday movie.