MMFF 2015 Movie Review: All You Need is Pag-Ibig


If you’re looking for a movie that both kids and adults will enjoy this holiday season, I highly recommend that you watch “All You Need is Pag-Ibig”. The star-studded cast of this movie will remind you the different types of love, which doesn’t only revolve in the romantic love.

Powerful Cast of 'All You Need Is Pag-Ibig'

Powerful Cast of ‘All You Need Is Pag-Ibig’

Under the direction of Hugot Queen Antoinette Jadaone and screenplay by Yoshke Dimen (You’re My Boss), I can say that the characters of the movie perfectly depicts the present struggles of modern pinoys experience and all the elements you’re looking for in a feel-good mainstream film is here.

LOVE (Kris Aquino) is a well-known TV host who is known for giving practical love advises to her televiewers. While being interviewed by Boy Abunda, she breaks down and escaped to Coron in order to think and reassess her life. While in there, she meets a guy who is having a difficulty keeping up with a long distance relationship set-up for years. The two meet one night because of a funny circumstance and had a meaningful conversation.

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim (KimXi) in 'All You Need is Pag-Ibig'

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim (KimXi) in ‘All You Need is Pag-Ibig’

Kim Chiu portrays a different character here compared to her previous romcoms where she is often close to perfect. Here, she plays the role of Anya, a high school Valedictorian and is ‘most likely to succeed’ among her peers who ended up not finishing her college mostly because of pride. She is a raketera by doing networking business and tutorial on the side. Xian Lim is Dino, a chick magnet who is still in love with Anya despite her imperfections. The two went to Coron for the high school reunion. For me, he uttered the my favorite hugot line from the movie.

Pokwang is Teacher Corina, a woman in her late 30’s who is still hoping for a second chance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married. She takes good care of her nephews and nieces. She’s also the teacher of Bimby Aquino-Yap’s character, who is secretly in love with his tutor Ate Anya (Kim Chiu). He is the son of single-mother Mel.

Jodi Sta. Maria and Ian Veneracion (JODIAN) in 'All You Need Is Pag-Ibig'

Jodi Sta. Maria and Ian Veneracion (JODIAN) in ‘All You Need Is Pag-Ibig’

If you’re a fan of Ian Veneracion and Jodi Sta. Maria’s loveteam in Pangako Sa’yo, you’re in for a good treat as their tandem delivers the most kilig parts. Mel (played by Jodi Sta. Maria) has a crush on her Boss Eric (Ian Veneracion), who is mending a broken heart. Their part has a strong build-up of kilig and will remind the viewers (especially the yuppies) about office crushes and romances. There’s a twist though.

My favorite is the part of Jaime and Loisa played by veteran actors Ronaldo Valdez and Nova Villa. It reminds me so much of my beloved Lolo and Lola. Heck, they even look alike!

The script was well-written knowing the complexities on assuring every story will have equal exposure. All the characters were lovable (even Kris Aquino is so cute here) although I think there are other Kapamilya child stars who could’ve portrayed the roles more. The Coron, Palawan scenes were mesmerizing. Editing was flawless and the soundtrack is good! The female leads were able to show their strong and weak points while their male counterparts were yummy. Ano raw?! Hahaha!

'Yung ganito na ang abs mo, pero.... hindi ka pa rin mahal. #AkinKaNaLang

‘Yung ganito na ang abs mo, pero…. hindi ka pa rin mahal. #AkinKaNaLang

All in all, this is a heartwarming movie that surely the audience can relate to – whether on the family, romantic love, career and friendship part. Catch All You Need Is Pag-Ibig in cinemas near you! Bring the whole family and leave the cinema houses with faith, hope and love <3

PS: I want another feel-good movie for JODIAN preferably a love triangle with Sir Chief (Richard Yap) and a sexy-comedy for Xian and Kim shot in an East Asian country. Go? Go!

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