My Househusband, Ikaw Na! directed by well respected Jose Javier Reyes banks on the onscreen chemistry of reel and real-life couple Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo. I think the Metro Manila Film Festival is not complete without a Dramedy that will capture our emotions to real life situations. I attended their Premiere Night courtesy of direk Joey and I find the movie very interesting, among other entries in this year’s Film festival. Seriously, I had a good time watching it.
Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, Eugene Domingo, Agot Isidro, Francine Prieto, Rocco Nacino, Derrick Monasterio, Renz valerio, Lui Villaruz, Bobby Andrews, Dante Rivero, Lexi Fernandez, Boots Anson Roa, Ellen Adarna, Miriam Quiambao
Written & Directed: Jose Javier Reyes, Screenplay also by Mel Del Rosario
Produced by: OctoArts
Plot: In “My Househusband: Ikaw Na!”, Eugene Domingo plays Aida, a mistress who happens to be Rod (Ryan Agoncillo) and Mia’s (JudyAnn Santos) neighbor. With Mia always away, Rod and Aida develop a friendship that even has the Mrs. Jealous at one point. When Rod lost his Job., Mia again started to work as a part time insurance policy agent and the conflicts within their families started when Mia and Rod are being beaten by their pride, strategies and how to solve their financial constraints.
For starters, Im a sucker of Joey reyes Films. (I don’t know If I told him about this during our previous meetings and presscon but yep, I am). From here comes the Bride (1989) to May Minamahal to 9 Mornings to Kasal, Kasalo and even his TV works (bud brothers) to mention a few, I have been living with Philippine Entertainment admiring his Projects.
The last one I did a review of his work is The Wedding Tayo Wedding Hindi topbilled Toni gonzaga and Eugene Domingo opposite Zanjoe Marudo and Wendell Ramos respectively. He is a genius in terms of Drama and comedy. He is predictable in a sense that you will expect a genuine, ‘can relate’ and stellar story telling on the big screen that sometimes I even told him on twitter, “Istorya ko ata yan..” That is how remarkable a Jose Javier Reyes for me.
In this film, I like how he explained the situation and presented a possible scenarios and upcoming trials. Direk Joey delivers without fail. Judyann Santos, I would say mastered the art of combined Drama and Comedy. Ryan Agoncillo also delivering a very convincing role. their tandem as reel and real life couples gave the audience a relief that they can pull the roles better. And they did.
Though I guessed the trailer made by OctoArts gave away too much of the plot. I even feel that the highlights were all laid out there, so as a moviegoer, you simply wait for the scenes to happen and await the conclusion. But surprisingly, the plot gave more funny scenes that the trailer cant laid in a few minutes. Which is pretty interesting. Eugene Domingo, on the other hand will snatch the Best Supporting Actress without blinking an eye. I cannot imagine this film with Uge. She is a best supporting Actress both to Ryan and Juday. I keep admiring her. She is always good as her last performance. I must say the story appeals to me as more of comedy than romance. I also cant help but notice Juday’s wardrobe. Pretty as her outfits may be, the greens, whites, and some sexy corporate look. I love it.
For Rocco Nacino, Miriam Quiambao and Francine Prieto, they were like a phrase. the movie can stand without them. Rocco’s exposure are always not his. He is always a sider. Agot Isidro’s role is convincing. I think her acting is just fine.
The movie tells a story of a good neighborhood, reminds me of our community. How judgemental and at the same time friendly people on our everyday lives. The movie also teaches us to recall the power of lying and not telling the truth.
My favorite scenes are:
1. Eugene Domingo in the hospital.
2. Judyann Santos and Eugene Domingo met, Judyann’s reaction is very natural.
3. Ryan Agoncillo hiding in the house from someone knocking outside.
4. Confrontation scene between Judyann and Ryan about Pride.
5. Ryan Agoncillo and Eugene Domingo scene sharing problems.
I will give the film 4 out of 5 stars. We should always have this kind of film every filmfest. Its a feel good movie and learning with more than expectation. I recommend this to everyone.
Movie is graded B by Cinema Evaluation Board. Opens December 25!