QCINEMA REVIEW: Jerald and Valeen bring kilig in The Write Moment

In The Write Moment, a heartbroken writer (played by Jerald Napoles) tries to get back with his ex-girlfriend (played by Valeen Montenegro) through his romantic comedy hugot script. He fails and instead finds himself magically living-out the scenes he has written. He is forced to follow everything verbatim—or else face being stuck in an existential loop of scenes that repeat over and over again.


What if you can write your way to your happy ending? Or can you?

Director Dominic Lim teases with the idea but crushes our hearts with the impossibility of it in The Write Moment, a romantic fantasy top-billed by Jerald Napoles and Valeen Montenegro.

Dave (Jerald Napoles) is a professional wedding videographer who writes movie scripts on the side.

One day, his girlfriend Joyce (Valeen Montenegro) breaks up with him with no clear reason, driving him dysfunctional with grief.

Still in denial over their breakup, he crafts a movie script depicting an imagined happy ending for them.

He gets the shock of his life when he suddenly finds himself living out the scenes.

Thrilled by the prospect of changing how their story will end, he plows through the script until things start taking a strange turn.

THE GOOD.

Chockfull of cheeky humor and fresh hugot lines, The Write Moment is a wildly entertaining trip to the dark side of love.

Anyone who has suffered romantic rejection wil be able to relate to this rom-com movie.

With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Dave is prepared to live the existential loop he found himself in, to love the girl who broke his heart over and over again until he gets it right; to wear his heart on his sleeve without guilt and shame.

This may be the age in Philippine cinema that gives the plain-looking guy-cute girl combo (the anti-thesis of the silly girl-serious pogi guy combination) the limelight.

Jerald Napoles is by turns hilarious and poignant, giving voice to so many men suffered Dave’s fate.

Valeen Montenegro is a vision, her presence alone lights up the screen. Her easygoing manner makes her easy to love and hard to forget indeed.

The film revels in its wild and surreal moments but truly shines in the silences, the afternoon snuggle in a distant memory, the sunset after a hike, ambient music in the background. The bittersweet memory of a wild love that only lives in the pages of memory.

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Despite its heavy subject matter, we are thankfully spared from unnecessary melodrama that comes with heartbreak.

The extent of Dave’s misery is magnified instead by his grim silence amid the riot caused the spunky supporting characters surrounding him.

THE BAD.

There is very little to dislike about The Write Moment. Serious film viewers might scoff at this for just being another hugot film.

However, just like it’s subject matter, it is what it is, an existential take on love and life.

THE WORTHY.

The Write Moment is sort-of a rite of passage to heartbreak and self-discovery.

It teaches us that life is simply how we live it and that sometimes there is no rhyme and reason for the things that happen. People love because they do and leave simply because they do.

Obscenity aside, this is something that will be easily enjoyed by mainstream moviegoers. Although it may have to go through serious censorship. To do so, however, would greatly diminish its flavor and intensity.

Your guts will seriously hurt from laughing and so will your heart—well, only a little.

Ed's Note: The "PEP Review" section carries the views of individual reviewers, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the PEP editorial staff.



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