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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.

May 11, 2018

My 2 Mommies Movie Review: A Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy That Warms Your Heart And Tickles Your Funny Bones At The Same Time

CONGRATULATIONS to Eric Quizon for his splendid direction of “My 2 Mommies”, a laugh-out-loud comedy that also has touching moments that will make you teary eyed. At last, Paolo Ballesteros finally gets to make another good movie after his award-winning “Die Beautiful”. He should really be more choosy in making his film projects. If it’s just money-trip, we don’t think it will help his career to flourish even more.

“My 2 Mommies” benefits a lot from the fine screenplay with its lovable characters written by Joey Reyes. Paolo is hilarious as Manu, a gay man who once had an affair with his friend, Solenn Heussaff as Monique. He didn’t know they had a son and it’s a big surprise when Solenn returns from abroad and introduces their child to him.

At first, they’re all excited and happy but it’s unavoidable that clashes would occur because they have different different orientations on how to rear a child. Solenn is very controlling and doesn’t even allow the boy to eat too much ice cream. Paolo is easy going and let’s the kid does what he wants, including watching all those steamy local soaps on TV about a cheating closet gay husband.

Solenn is horrified when she finds out about this and tries to restrain the boy from visiting his biological dad again. But the boy has gotten attached to Paulo and escapes from his mom, leading to bigger conflicts and confrontations.

Paulo is such a natural even in delivering his casual punchlines. But he also shines in the dramatic scenes, particularly in that scene where he finally admits to Maricel that all the rumors about him being gay are true and Maricel just asks him: “Masaya ka ba? Yun lang naman ang mahalaga sa’kin.” His final scene with Solenn where they say sorry to each other is another gem.

Solenn manages to complement Paolo’s performance. As usual, she’s so effortlessly sexy on the big screen and she can also deliver in the acting department. The boy who plays their smart and precocious son is Marcus Cabais, winner in a mall contest for kids, and he is exceptionally good. A lot of funny but tender moments are elicited by his father and son scenes with Paolo who tries his best to be manly and not act like a swishy gay in front of his son.

Joem Bascon gives excellent support as Pao’s undertanding live in lover and Maricel Soriano also steals some scenes without batting an eyelash. We’ve truly missed her pakuwela scenes and hilarious presence so it’s nice to see her again on the big screen even if it’s just a special participation as Pao’s aunt who has trouble accepting that he is gay. We’re glad that in her next movie with Regal, she will play a more demanding full length role.