English Only Please: A Foolish’s Stereotypes
Everybody loves romantic comedies, whether you’re a romantic, a hopeless romantic, heartbroken, in love, or settling in the neutral territory, romance with a touch of comedy just piques the interest of the masses. My literature professor would say, “We all know WHAT love is but knowing the HOW makes it unique and different.”
Initially, there are the main characters or would-be-lovers of the story: the perfect guy and the not-so-perfect girl or vice versas. In English Only Please, the guy gets the good things. He’s rich, smart, handsome, hot, muscles and all, and with one tiny flaw – he can’t move on with his ex-girlfriend. And the girl, she’s the average, hardworking, good daughter, a bucket of sense of humor, and of course, her flaw – she gives everything (I really mean everything). What makes them both the perfect main ingredient? They’re both foolish/TANGA. Foolish hearts, Tanga sa pag-ibig.
Then the masungit and cold guy hires the funny and average girl to be his tutor until they eventually get along. The funny girl gets dumped by her useless boyfriend and the masungit guy gets to comfort her. They then become friends, help each other move on and finally start liking one another. A perfect story until the guy randomly sees his ex-girlfriend in a coffee shop and the girl could see from the window. To cut the story short, the girl assumed, she gets broken hearted, the guy really liked the girl, he followed her to the province and sees each other and then naging sila. The end.
In totality, I really liked this film. I was never a fan of Filipino romantic-comedy films because they’re too cheesy and too cliché but EOP was my exception. And most rom-coms have the same ending: weddings. I really get to enjoy EOP because 1) Jennilyn Mercado is such a natural comedienne, 2) Derek Ramsay is an Adonis and 3) it’s a rom-com for crying out loud!
Jennilyn Mercado’s character Tere Madlansacay was the heart of the film. Her funny side comments and quirks and even her facial expressions are just so natural and convincing. Derek Ramsay as Julian Parker and his trying-hard-baluktot Tagalog was really annoying knowing that the actor is a fluent speaker of the language but adding those scenes gave the movie a different and era-appropriate plot. Add Tere’s chubby-not-fat bestfriend, her problems with finding a man, and her cute little daughter who seems to be more mature than her mom and sabotages her mother’s guy encounters by simply showing up.
The voice-over who speaks of Filipino words with its comical definitions is an absolute plus to the creation of the movie. And add the perfect character of Kean Cipriano who, for the second time (first was Bakit Di ka Crush ng Crush Mo), was the lousiest, cheating, gold-digging boyfriend of the main lady of the film. How annoyingly convincing his acting was! The award-giving bodies should give him credit for his acting.
The not-too-cheesy, won’t-turn-your-stomach-inside-out type of Filipino romantic comedy film has finally been created and just suited my taste. With just the right amount of sweetness and cheesiness, a pinch of tears, a pint of cuteness, and a bucket of funny; the movie that would definitely welcome those like me, who aren’t a fan of such gooeyness, into the cinema. If I would rate this movie, I’d give it an 8.5 (the 1.5 is for its clichéness).
… and that was how English Only Please bagged seven awards.