Always a bridesmaid, never the bride. No. I’m not talking about 27 Dresses, but rather about 2002’s romantic comedy Got 2 Believe starring Claudine Baretto and the late Rico Yan. Out of all the mush that was churned out of Pinoy cinema in the noughties, I find this one the most palatable. The story is quite typical: two people who resent each other end up falling in love, but Olivia Lamasan crafted the film in such a way that something as horribly stale as that plot became something fresh and hilariously entertaining.
So many real-life couples have tried to translate their off-screen love affair on celluloid, but failed miserably. In this case, the on-screen chemistry was so undeniable that it would almost be a sin not to feel fuzzy inside when both Yan and Baretto are in the same scene. This, backed by a talented supporting cast plus playful (almost surreal) visuals, sets this film apart from all those love-song inspired chick flicks that clutter the DBD piles in Quiapo today. Jansen Musico