By Laurianne Batinga
Chalk Campus Correspondent
Since premiering in cinemas last February 15, JP Habac's indie rom-com I'm Drunk, I Love You starring Maja Salvador, Paulo Avelino, Dominic Roco, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith have generated quite a buzz—from its gorgeous ensemble cast to the "I'm in love with my best friend" feels, and the demand for more screenings in theaters nationwide, there's been much to talk about IDILY.
The film revolves around the friendships and not-so-romantic relationships of its main characters: Maja's “bestfriend lang” Carson, Paulo's clueless cutie Dio, Dominic's staple GBF Jason Ty, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith's "Woman of Now" Pathy (yes, with an extra H), set in a spontaneous two-day trip to La Union before Carson and Dio's college graduation. There, after a drunken night on the beach, Carson confesses her feelings for Dio after seven—seven!—years. While it's an old story that's been re-told endlessly, the team behind I'm Drunk, I Love You made it with such flair that it was, in every way, dissenting of the overused “kaibigan mo lang ako” plot and felt like a genuine story that you, your kapitbahay, and anyone who has ever been in love can commune with. It was well worth the trip to the cinemas.
If that didn't convince you enough for you to book that Uber ride to the nearest mall, read on. Be warned, though, because the next paragraphs will contain spoilers (unless you’re that kind of movie-goer, then, by all means, please enjoy reading).
I'm Drunk, I'm Love You is unconventional and real, too real, taking an average narrative and turning it into an experience of unrequited love. The tale starts just a few days before #CarDio's two-day trip to the beach until the day after—and is a contrast to the usual childhood-to-adulthood-may-forever storyline. Despite the deliberate focus on the relationship's penultimate moment, somehow, you don't miss out on anything and immediately make sense of the bond that these friends have (many thanks to Carson and Jason's amusing drinking game where the former easily sums up her one-sided love affair with Dio with a year by year account of her struggles.)
It’s a breather from fairytale stories and happily-ever-after endings. It’s completely relatable, no matter your Facebook relationship status right now. Between Dio's self-doubt and thirst for success, Carson’s inability to say "no" to the one person she loves, and Jason’s seemingly skeptic perspective on love, I’m Drunk, I Love You hits all the right notes and tugs at the most sensitive heartstrings. At one point, it tugged at our heartstrings so much that it broke and needed replacement (“'Di mo naman kasalanan 'di mo ako mahal." Aray ko!)
Our main takeaway here is reality (or "time check," as Jason Ty would indiscreetly say) and how it can be such a b*tch—and this is what the film will remind you of: That love doesn’t come as easily as you think it would or that, sometimes, it doesn't come at all. Carson invested seven years of her life to Dio, only to move on from it two days after finally saying it out loud. But, really, if the movie didn’t stop after that heartbreaking confession scene, why should you?
This film will also remind you to believe in love no matter and in spite of the circumstance. Jason Ty, the resident cynic, deserved his own "time check" line when he found "love" unexpectedly in the form of an open relationship. Jason's character was #shookt with his confession of love (to someone he just met, mind you) so much that he was equally shocked to learn he was even capable of doing it. It's a wake-up call to fellow doubters that love does come. Let’s face it, the affairs of the heart are nothing if not unpredictable. Revel in the surprise.
But the consequential reminder IDILY will give you is of friendships, a different manifestation of love, but one that is largely ignored and scoffed at as "not as intimate." Carson and Dio showed us how powerful friendships can be with that final scene where Carson finally realizes she’s okay and when Dio starts going back to the best friend he always was to Carson. Both of them were hurt in the process (albeit one more so than the other), but both also realized that it wasn’t worth losing the friendship they have.
Our girl Carson was no doubt the most relatable. In the end, when Carson, after a moment of realization, starts laughing, you'll feel a sense of relief that mimics her character’s because you feel for her and you feel her. Because all of us have a bit of Carson inside. It’s that Carson inside of us, someone able to love so unconditionally, without any expectations, that makes part of this movie relatable—because despite the constant reality checks, it's telling you that you shouldn't stop hoping for love. You get hurt, but you’ll get back up eventually.
A movie this good turns you illiterate. It was the perfect mix of journal-esque writing and profound prose that has sent this aspiring self-deprecating writer into an abyss of low self-esteem. It was created for the loved, the loving, the skeptic, and the waiting.
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Banner photograph from Instagram.com/idilymovie