By Claudine Regino
Next to the newly released Can We Still Be Friends?, some of these movies are on their way to becoming total pop culture classics at least when the millennial spirit is concerned. Each of these flicks was released within the last four years and centers on equal romanticized and equal realisric characters who go through real-life affairs. No wonder how they've tickled the hubot bone in us—a round of applause, too, on the young directors and writers and supportive film outfits who have all gone ahead and put these out!
1. I’m Drunk, I Love You (2017). From the crazy things one would do for love such as going on spontaneous trips and being a certified Martir Nievera, to the littlest things like awkward silences and ugly crying, Maja Salvador (Carson) and Paulo Avelino (Dio) portrayed so well a situation of love that people can easily relate to. Although unrequited love is not anymore new, Director JP Habac’s treatment of the film highlights authenticity by keeping dialogues and scenes simple, but realistic— characteristics millennials look for in every story. Unbelievable happy endings are old school. It’s time to keep it real!
2. Sakaling Hindi Makarating (2017). One essential life lesson we learned from Sakaling Hindi Makarating is the value of self-discovery. When things we were once so sure about fall apart, a little push, or maybe a series of adventures, is all that’s needed to help build ourselves again. Cielo, played by Alessandra de Rossi, did just that and dared to find her mysterious letter-sender across different places, only to find herself finally being able to let go of her reservations and developing newfound love for herself. Self-discovery, spontaneous trips, and self-love—this movie’s definitely got the perfect millennial starter pack.
3. Baka Bukas (2016) In her first film as lead actress, Jasmine Curtis-Smith played the role of Alex, a lesbian secretly in love with her girl best friend. A busy young professional with numerous jobs as writer, director, production designer, photographer, and social media manager, Alex also had to deal with her feelings for Jess (Louise delos Reyes), who was completely shocked about her best friend’s sexual preference. As the two tried to explore themselves and their relationship, the movie depicted the experiences of gays and lesbians in hopes of breaking stigmas against the LGBT community.
4. Dear Other Self (2017). Dear Other Self captured one of the millennials’ most loved activity and #goals: to go on exciting adventures by travelling to different places. But it has always been a dream hindered by financial constraints and busy schedules. In Becky’s (Jodi Sta. Maria) case, her obligation to provide for her family was the primary reason that held her back. She was then constantly bothered with two what if's: What if she continued being the responsible daughter in her stable but boring job? What if she chose herself and lived her dreams as a travel blogger in Bangkok? We bet a lot of millennials could relate to this conflict between family and ambition.
5. Hugot lines in rant posts and patama tweets seem to be a thing on social media nowadays especially for the broken-hearted. All these seem too familiar for Tintin (Arci Muñoz) whose make-up-tutorial-turned-wasak video became viral on the internet upon discovering that her partner is involved in an ongoing relationship. Later on, she'd meet also broken-hearted Jake (Gerald Anderson) who recently got rejected after proposing to his girlfriend. After spending time together trying to set each other up to other people, the two eventually fell in love. This movie seemed to cater to all millenials out there who'd hide their true feelings in the guise of an “I love you…CHAR!”
6. How to be Yours(2016). Adulting has got to be the most exciting, but also scariest thing one would have to face in the real world. You get to have the freedom to do things you like and also make decisions that will affect your life forever. For Anj (Bea Alonzo) and Nino (Gerald Anderson), a choice between love or career became the largest test of their relationship. All-out Nino devoted his time and efforts to the girl of his dreams Anj, who, on the other hand, found it hard to balance her constant achievements in work with “babe time.” The film then left its audiences reflecting about their priorities and commitments, may it be in love or work. How about you, choice A ka ba o choice B?
7. Starting Over Again (2014). For the longest time, couple fights in romantic comedies are mostly caused by other people trying to ruin the loving relationship between a guy and a girl. However, the story of Ginny (Toni Gonzaga) and Marco (Piolo Pascual) proved to us that it’s also possible for people in the relationship to fall out of love, no matter how romantic it might have began. Starting Over Again was all about trying to win back a love that was lost and accepting decisions and resolutions, no matter how painful they may be. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, prepare yourself for a fiercer Toni Gonzaga—she’s no Maria Clara here!
8. Bride for Rent (2014). It was your typical feel-good rom-com portraying two types of millennials: the implusive, entitled, and carefree; and its total opposite, the wais, madiskarte, and goal-oriented. These personalities are embedded in the love story between two people from different backgrounds having different motivations— Rocco (Xian Lim), a rich playboy who needed to commit himself in a relationship to inherit his grandmother’s wealth and pay off his debts, and Rocky (Kim Chiu), a queen raketera who accepted Rocco’s deal to be his pretend-wife in order to support her poor family. More than Rocco’s difficulty in believing in long-lasting relationships, the blockbuster film also talked about the value of making good life choices and showed the youth’s soft spot for family, behind their rebellious and indifferent façade.
9. That Thing Called Tadhana (2015). A lot of tourists have gone mountain hiking to Sagada thanks to an unforgettable scene of Mace (Angelica Panganiban) and Anthony (JM de Guzman) in That Thing Called Tadhana showcasing the breathtaking and romantic view of the Mountain Province. Deemed “the ultimate hugot film of 2015,” this Antoinette Jadaone movie takes us to a trip of moving on and finding new love—probably with the right person at the right place, but definitely at a wrong time. Jadaone let go of flowery dialogues and went for more realistic conversations, thus making every scene very relatable and close to the hearts of young audiences. Be ready to get all giddy as Mace and Anthony develop unspoken but shared feelings for each other, and be frustrated as you try to figure out what happened to the arrow and the heart that pierced through him.
10. Love me Tomorrow (2016). How different is a millennial to that of a gen X woman when it comes to love? Gino M. Santos’ Love me Tomorrow answered the question by showing the relationship of JC (Piolo Pascual) to youthful and outgoing Janine (Coleen Garcia) and to the more mature, but romantic Cristy (Dawn Zulueta). At a time when we claim that all kinds of love should be celebrated, up to what extent would acceptance be extended to people who, despite a significant age difference, find themselves stuck in a love connection? The three characters showed us the intricacies and spectacle of love.
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