My Big Love

My Big LoveOkay, so Filipino film makers finally broke the mold and went with a fat leading man. NOT. The leading man was fat, yes, but only in the first half of the movie. OF COURSE he had to be skinny somewhere in the middle.

Before I get too ahead of myself, let’s recap, shall we?

“My Big Love” is a movie about Macky, an overweight pastry chef-slash-baker who absolutely adores socialite columnist Niña. He lives in the same building as she and secretly sends her flowers and assorted pastries. He hesitantly agrees to meet up with her on a date, which turns out to be a disaster. Hearbroken, Macky resolves to lose weight after being prodded and encouraged by Niña’s personal trainer Aira. What happens during and after the course of their training sessions make up for a rather entertaining comedic movie.

I applaud the decision to go with an unconventional leading man – someone who doesn’t exactly fit the mold of one’s ideal man. This opens up the story to address people’s biases and prejudices. The only problem is that the movie was still very formulaic, or organized, if you will. You could say it follows the same step-by-step concept of Aira’s weight-loss program. You KNOW that the guy will fall for the other girl and that they WILL have problems. It’s just a matter of waiting for it to happen, which leads us to the other problem of this movie.

There is a glaring lack of substance in the acting of many of the characters. Only Toni Gonzaga, who plays personal trainer Aira, actually showed an impressive range of emotions more evident than in her previous movie with Sam Milby (“You Are the One”). Kristine Hermosa is just another pretty face and quite possibly one of the few actresses who learned nothing from ABS-CBN’s rigorous acting training. Sam Milby acted better in his fat suit than when he literally shed all that weight off. Eye candy he was, definitely.

I agree with what most people are saying: that Aira’s five-step program for weight loss can be adapted into any aspect of one’s life. This actually isn’t surprising since the movie also addressed this, particularly in that last scene. *ahemiknowthatplaceahem*

All in all, this was a pretty good movie. I can’t really say it’s worth paying to see it on the big screen, but it was definitely entertaining.

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