PEP REVIEW: Boy Pick-Up the Movie

(From left) Dennis Trillo, Ogie Alcasid, and Solenn Heussaff topbill Boy Pick-Up the Movie.


Produced by Regal Films and GMA Films, Boy Pick-Up: The Movie is the big-screen adaptation of the popular skit in Bubble Gang called Boy Pick-Up.

It stars Ogie Alcasid, Solenn Heussaff, Dennis Trillo, Eri Neeman, Sarah Lahbati, Sam Pinto, and Michael V., under the direction of Dominic Zapata.

In the Bubble Gang skit, Boy Pick-Up (Ogie Alcasid) is portrayed to be the man with the best pick-up lines, even though many of his lines are not funny and do not make sense. What makes Boy Pick-Up's lines work is massive hype, fueled by a certain Boy Back-Up (portrayed by Eri Neeman) and an all-too-willing crowd.

Moviegoers might be curious to see how the producers will turn a hype-filled skit into a full-length movie. As promised, the story does show the life of Boy Pick-Up outside the pick-up wars.

During the underground battles, two contenders try to outwit each other by presenting the best pick-up line to Neneng B (played by Sam Pinto). The winner is determined by the crowd, which always chooses Boy Pick-Up as the champion.

Despite his fame in the Pikapista wars, Boy Pick-Up still has to deal with financial problems, foremost of which is his inability to pay rent to his landlady (played by Diego).

To earn money, he applies as a pastry chef in Heaven’s Bakeshop, which is owned by Angel (Solenn Heussaff).

One of the problems of Boy Pick-Up: The Movie is that its storytelling has a tendency to be predictable. Some characters are introduced in the first 30 minutes, to be soon forgotten once another plot point comes along.

Sarah Lahbati's character isn’t fully developed, which is why it might be difficult to determine the motivations for her actions. It was implied that she fell in love with Boy Pick-Up, but if it was so, why did she disappear during the first part of the film and come out only before the movie ended?

People might be looking forward to the pick-up lines but some of them have already been given on the show, so they elicit only mild chuckles. Without Boy Back-Up, Boy Pick-up's lines are devoid of impact.

There are some jokes that might rub people the wrong way. A street peddler gets abducted mysteriously, and his dead body was shown later on. The lead character beats up his gay landlord, who was trying to molest him. All these are played up for laughs.

What saves this movie is the total commitment of its cast to the film's weirdness.

With 25 years of experience in the field of comedy, Ogie Alcasid proves that he is a reliable performer. His bullcap wearing, bearded hip-hop looking character can endear himself to viewers with just a single BOOM!

Solenn sheds her glamorous image just to nail her role. The model-actress is game enough to smear a “fish cake” in her mouth and face, an act that was well applauded during the movie’s premiere night. Her enthusiasm and willingness to look ridiculous did not go unnoticed.

Main villain Dennis Trillo undergoes a transformation, and he makes it believable. The actor’s versatility is seen as he transforms from being a preppy-looking nerd to an angst-filled “emo” character.

Several celebrities who have cameo roles also shine, including Derek Ramsay, Ian Batherson, Sef Cadayona, Victor Aliwalas, Tim Yap, Dingdong Dantes, Pepe Smith, and Lilia Cuntapay as Boy Pick-Up's mother.

Boy Pick-Up: The Movie is being screened in cinemas nationwide.

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