There’s a tremendous amount of cheese in our theaters this past decade and even today. Month after month, the bighead studios keep on churning out love stories one after the other in hopes of scoring big bucks. Majority of these films are flimsy excuses to exploit the latest love team to the masses—they’re dumb, they’re hilarious, and they totally transform the masses into a shitload of hot gooey mess. But then, you get a rare gem like One More Chance, which turned even the most cynical hipster into a puddle of mush on the floor.
John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo both give their best performances to date as Popoy and Basha, a twentysomething couple getting ready to be married only to realize that maybe they’re not meant for each other. Popoy grows miserable and a mustache while Basha cuts her hair and gets a new job. Months later, Popoy emerges with a new girlfriend (Maja Salvador) while Basha wallows like a jealous bitch. Will they get back together before the end credits roll while the theme song plays on the background? Duh, it’s a Pinoy film.
Still, One More Chance is a lot better than other cheesy films of late. Popoy and Basha are two of the strongest characters in recent cinema and they still exist out there in the form of your sister and her boyfriend, your cousin, or maybe you. It brought out the concept of “the three-month rule,” and a whole barrage of quotable lines like “She loved me at my worst. You had me at my best. And you chose to break my heart.” Trust me, even Tumblr loves One More Chance. Shinji Manlangit