Repetitive Filipino Movies, Why Do We Still Watch Them?

Why are we still watching these kinds of Filipino films?
Posted on: Thursday, January 8, 2015

It’s 2015 and the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival has just recently concluded. Vice Ganda’s sequel movie dominated the box office… as expected.

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Aren’t the Pinoy audience getting tired of these kinds of Filipino movies? I’m not saying Vice Ganda’s movies are bad, they’re just kinda… repetitive (Oh, did I forget to mention Shake, Rattle and Roll?)

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Vice Ganda’s films are all about making fun of his sexuality – and the viewers dig them because they find them funny and entertaining. *Sigh*

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Before Vice Ganda, there were Bossing Vic Sotto and Ai Ai de las Alas whose movies (again, their repetitive plot-wise) were major blockbuster hits for years.

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Bossing’s “Okay Ka, Fairy Ko” movie in 2004 made 3 sequels and 3 spin-offs. They would’ve continued making more if not for Vice Ganda stepping into the game.

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Ai Ai’s “Ang Tanging Ina” spawned 3 sequels – the last one merging with Enteng Kabisote. Ai Ai and Bossing’s combined powers proved successful as it topped the list of highest earning MMFF films for 2011.

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Aren’t we tired of watching these kinda of movies? Probably no. The Filipino viewers find them entertaining. However, these films are lackluster when it comes to their plot.

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Maybe they made it that way because the audience might find it hard to understand if the plot is too complicated like Erik Matti’s “On the Job”.

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“On the Job” was praised by film critics local and international alike because it tells a complicated yet good story that fits its genre (which is thriller, by the way). Unfortunately, it didn’t do well in the box office. It only earned P13 million domestically.

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I’m not saying there aren’t any good mainstream Filipino films anymore – 2014 MMFF had “English Only, Please”, “Kubot” and “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo” to name a few.

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It’s just sad that these good films are overshadowed by less stellar ones on the box office. Good thing mainstream filmmakers are still making good-quality films despite not earning that much.



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