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Sunday, August 6, 2017
Movie No. 38 (2017): EX WITH BENEFITS
Ex With Benefits (2015)
Director: Gino Santos
Cast: Derek Ramsay, Coleen Garcia, Tirso Cruz III, Carmi Martin
In Tagalog, with no English subtitles
Sunday afternoon on ABS-CBN (Channel 2), June 18, 2017.
Ex-lovers in college, by some uninspired and cliched circumstance, meet again. The boy is now a doctor; the girl a medical representative. No, they don't become lovers again (yet), but ex with benefits, for old times sake. Interesting. The characters demand maturity. The actors simply try to look mature, but fail. The narrative of the romance demands maturity, too. I almost believed it was. But, going deeper, I found nothing except a showcase of contrivances and almost-fantasies.