1. Precy (Eugene Domingo)
The Character: The ageing godmother of the bride.
All she wants is: ROMANCE. Underneath this lawyer’s imposing demeanor and impeccable intellect, her ultimate dream is simple: to love and be loved.
Her soul goes inside the body of: Medelyn
2. Medelyn (Tuesday Vargas)
The Character: The harassed yaya of the bratty ringbearer.
All she wants is: WEALTH. She wants to help her family in the province. But with debts to pay and no diploma to boot, she is left with no choice but to endure her snooty employers and their misbehaving kid.
Her soul goes inside the body of: Bien
3. Bien (Jaime Fabregas)
The Character: The affluent but ill grandfather of the groom.
All he wants is: YOUTH. With his deteriorating health and non-existent sex life, he craves for a second shot at life.
His soul goes inside the body of: Toffee
4. Toffee (John Lapus)
The Character: The flamboyant make-up artist (a.k.a. image stylist).
All he wants is: BEAUTY. And with beauty comes boys… lots and lots of boys!
His soul goes inside the body of: Stefanie
5. Stefanie (Angelica Panganiban)
The Character: The gorgeous and soft-spoken bride who has been saving herself for her long-time beau Harold (Tom Rodriguez).
All she wants is: the marriage of her dreams.
Her soul goes inside the body of: Precy
When these five dissimilar characters swap bodies, they bring with them five times the mayhem and laughter. Here are the top five reasons that made Here Comes the Bride a deliciously entertaining comedy.
REASON NO. 5: The Humor
Here Comes the Bride is filled with sexy banter and snappy punch lines. There is a negligible share of comedic excess and repetitive jokes but they were, as I said, negligible. But when the jokes work, they work and you can’t help but laugh hard.
REASON NO. 4: The Moral of the Story
Ninang Precy wants romance and finds a determined suitor asking her to elope with him. Yaya Medelyn wants wealth and finds oodles of money for her taking. Lolo Bien wants youth and finds himself making love to a girl half his age. Toffee wants beauty and finds a good-looking groom who will finally make her feel like a woman. Although they are aware of the soul-swapping incident, these four characters keep mum about what happened. They’d rather play along than revert to their original selves. It’s only Princess who wants her old life back. This conflict, though underdeveloped, added a surprising amount of depth to the story.
REASON NO. 3: Writer/Director Chris Martinez
For the uninformed, Chris Martinez penned critically-lauded comedies such as Bikini Open, Bridal Shower, and the sleeper hit Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kyeme. In 2008, he made his directorial debut in 100 (starring Mylene Dizon, Eugene Domingo, and Tessie Tomas) which swept awards in Cinemalaya and made rounds in international filmfests in Pusan and Marrakech. Here Comes the Bride marks Direk Chris’ bid as a mainstream director. This film may not be his best work, but its charm and novelty isn’t easy to dismiss.
REASON NO. 2: The Cast
This film is the first Star Cinema-produced comedy in three years that is not topbilled by either Ai Ai de las Alas or Vhong Navarro. Star Cinema decided to gamble with lesser known, yet equally talented, comedians instead. The five-some are asked to walk in each other’s shoes. It’s delightful to watch these comedians wear each other’s personas especially in the deliriously funny final role-reversal sequence. Moreover, how often do you see John all butch and manly? He even made love to Cai Cortez in this film. While Tuesday finally gets the break she deserves. From a mistreated nanny, she transforms into a self-righteous and outspoken lawyer with ease.
REASON NO. 1: Angelica Panganiban
Although Angelica is technically a part of the cast, I’m singling her out as the top reason why I enjoyed Here Comes the Bride. Her wacky antics and over-the-top performance as a babaeng bakla is a spectacle you shouldn’t miss. I’ve never seen such an effective sexy comedienne since Rufa Mae Quinto played the endowed dimwit in Booba and Boobita Rose.
Here are my five favorite lines from the movie.
• There’s a gay man inside my body.
• Babae, sino ngayon ang bakla?
• Achieve na achieve!
• Lord, thank you for this face, this body… this pechay.
• Apir, apir, apir! Hindi na uso yan! Wisik wisik na lang. Masdan mo ang beauty ko, tataas ang kilay mo.
Admit it, you sang that last one to yourself. Here Comes the Bride delivers the gags and laughs five times over.
*published in PEP