Notes on You Changed My Life, directed by Cathy Garcia Molina, starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo.
1. The sound is Manila jeepney quality. Apparently the sound was recorded, edited and mixed on a karaoke machine.
2. The top-grossing Filipino movie of 2007 (outside the Metro filmfest): Star Cinema’s One More Chance directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and starring John Lloyd Cruz.
The top-grossing Filipino movie of 2008: Star Cinema’s A Very Special Love directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and starring John Lloyd Cruz.
The top-grossing Filipino movie of 2009 (by our indicator: full house on a Friday night): Star Cinema’s You Changed My Life directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and starring John Lloyd Cruz.
At least 50 percent of these movies consist of close-ups of John Lloyd Cruz.
3. Sarah Geronimo seems pleasant enough so we don’t understand why she’s made to wear Davy Crockett’s hat. At first it was sitting up and begging for peanuts. Later it looked like the raccoon had died.
4. Rayver Cruz is very white and has Angelina Jolie lips.
5. It’s a sequel so if you didn’t watch A Very Special Love you won’t be able to follow the plot. I’m kidding.
6. John’s character runs a publishing company called Flippage. One syllable less and I would’ve sued.
7. Somebody says “I love you” every 45 seconds. We get it, they love each other.
8. Wow, full coverage of a children’s party. In olden times men had to do battle for the love of a woman. Now they just have to do the statue dance.
9. Movie starring John Lloyd Cruz means paracetamol product placement means all his movies must show someone with a headache. Why don’t you just give tablets away at the entrance? No pizza this time, though.
10. Upon seeing the bridesmaid’s dress we were seized with an uncontrollable urge to eat sapin-sapin.
11. What might tear them apart: he can’t drive her to work and drive her home to Marikina every day because he’s running a company in Laguna. Honey, if you want to see your boyfriend every single day, you should date the unemployed.
12. Mandatory humiliation in final scene: Star Cinema’s winning formula.