I should have reviewed this sooner, but while you still can, do try to catch the film musical, I Do Bi Doo Bi Doo, which features the songs of Apo Hiking Society. I don’t intend to do a glowing review, hype it, and set your expectations too high (as I do have a few misgivings about the plot and casting) but as a feel-good movie, it works.
Two families—one, extremely rich; the other, lower middle class—are marrying off their teenage kids, who are expecting a baby. As they do so, the songs of Apo expertly weave themselves into the storyline: some are contextually obvious; most are a pleasant surprise in their wit and fresh interpretation.
Eugene Domingo can do no wrong, and whenever she’s onscreen, it has become easy for her to eclipse her co-actors thanks to her comedic timing and nuances (whenever she tries)—but in this film, Ogie Alcasid, who plays her husband; and Frenchie Dy and Sweet Plantado, who play her bestfriends, hold their own. In fact, it is her chemistry with the said actors that mark some of the memorable scenes in the movie, most notably, what is becoming to be known as one of the best bed scenes in contemporary Pinoy cinema. (Or as Bandera put it: Boobs ni Eugene nagmumura, bukol ni Ogie pinalakpakan)
The lead stars—Sam Concepcion (though I wish he had more grit, and I’m not talking about his awkward bronzer/dark foundation) and newcomer Tippy Dos Santos—are charming and adorable, and the audience could easily root for either or both. Neil Coleta, playing the groom’s best friend, almost steals the show but smartly holds back by underplaying his… exuberance.
My primary misgiving is with Gary Valenciano, who seemed lost in his role as the rich father of the bride: he switches personalities so often and quickly, from dominant to non-dominant; from aloof to cheesily romantic, that I wondered if he was in fact, playing twins.
The Blue Jeans vignette didn’t fit into the narrative; I thought its social commentary is for a different movie altogether. (It is however, one of my favorite APO songs.)
There are potholes in the plot but you see this movie for the music. No explicit premarital sex education here—that’s the parents’ job—but there is a lot of fun.