What if your second chance turned out to be an illusion?
Cathy Garcia-Molina presents a tale of second chances and acceptance through My Perfect You.
Gerald Anderson plays the role of Burn Toledo who faces a series of rejections in the first part of the film. Feeling lost and devastated, he decides to take a drive to nowhere and ends up in a car crash.
Things take their turn once we are introduced to Pia Wurtzbach’s character, Abi. Burn meets Abi right after the car crash and finds a possible new life in their own little world.
My Perfect You shows Gerald Anderson and Pia Wurtzbach, both facing different stages of their career.
Gerald Anderson has taken on various types of roles, from his dreamy roles in his romantic comedy films, to his most challenging character Budoy and finally, to the angst-filled Burn Toledo.
Pia Wurtzbach, on the other hand, takes on a more challenging character as she is tasked to carry on her quirky antics while at the same time giving more depth to her character.
It is notable that the movie made a great attempt to open the topic of mental health to the public without crossing any sensitive borders or over-romanticizing the issue.
The film treats the audience to a scenic view of a quiet remote island far from the reality life brings—parallel to the whole story My Perfect You gives.
Given that this is only Pia Wurtzbach’s second full-length movie, some of her scenes still felt forced or too scripted. However she persisted in finding a way to charm viewers despite the obvious struggle at some parts.
There was likewise an attempt to establish the relationship of Burn and Abi by showing a montage of their happy moments, yet at one point it felt too long and dragging.
My Perfect You tackles the many adversaries life has to offer, and how the power of optimism and love can counter just about anything.
Cathy Garcia-Molina has proved yet again that when it comes to local romantic comedies, her status remains superior. She gives us the usual formula in her films, all while offering something new to the table with a darker, yet heartfelt twist.
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