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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.

Mar 26, 2016

Straight To The Heart Movie Review: Doesn't Know Where It Is Going

AFTER a film about lesbians, “Ned’s Project”, we then watched one about male homosexuals, “Straight to the Heart”. It starts out well, with fairly lovable characters. Carl Guevarra plays a buff but gay hairdresser who works in a salon owned by Vince de Jesus. He considers his co-workers there as his family: Ricci Chan, Kiko Matos and Gwen Zamora, his friend from childhood who’s a lesbian.

Carl goes into a coma after his abusive lover (Jace Flores) pushes him and he loses consciousness from a serious head injury. His friends take turns in looking after him while he is in the hospital. When he finally wakes up, he remembers all of them but he is no longer gay. All traces of effeminacy are suddenly gone. His friends do not know how to cope with his new found “straightness”.

And it seems writer-director Dave Fabros himself is also in the same quandary. Looks like he is at a loss as where he wants to take the story and later comes out with a rushed ending that is so unsatisfying and logic-defying as it negates everything that has gone before it. It’s as if he thinks a wedding scene will be the best way to give his movie a feel-good ending, so we see Carl marrying Gwen!!!! We really wish the script was better written so the whole thing didn’t end up as a one-joke movie.

Too bad because the acting here is mostly fine. Carl is obviously star material. He looks more of an “artista” than some of the stars given starring roles by the top networks these days. And he also acts quite well, so we don’t know why he is not really given a good break even on TV. Gwen is also refreshing as Carl’s tomboy friend, as she was in the other indie film where we saw her, “Apocalypse Child”, where she had very daring sex scenes with Sid Lucero to show she can now do mature roles.

Dave used to work with ABS-CBN and has also made lots of friends as a photographer so we see many stars doing cameo roles in his movie, including Rafael Rosell, Joem Bascon, Carmi Martin, Angel Aquino and Pinky Amador in an extended supporting role as the doctor of Carl who suddenly turns out to be a lesbo and tries to make a pass at Gwen. It was so sudden we really don’t know where that came from.