Comedienne EugeneDomingo has her own brand of humor. She can be hilarious withoutgoing slapstick and without the benefit of a funny face. She's thatrare comedy star who's able to elicit laughter simply by changing her voice inflection or by easily shifting her facial expression.
Bb. Joyce Bernal'sKimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme ismeant to be Eugene's launching as a comedy star. With the help of big stars in supportingroles and a slew of talents doing cameo roles, the movieis expected to be her big break, perhaps the way Tanging Ina did for Ai-Ai de las Alas.
Ugeis talented, no doubt. Her academic training in theater at theUniversity of the Philippines gave her that characteristic wit andfunny sarcasm at times. Her star shines faintly but steadily. RegineVelasquez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Marvin Agustin, Vhong Navarro, AizaSeguerra, Piolo Pascual, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, MarkBautista, and Sam Milby (among others) are there to lure people to the box office.
Kimmy Dora is simple story of siblingrivalry gone awry. Uge plays the roles of twin sisters Kimmy Go DongHae, the hardworking dragon lady CEO of Go Dong Hei Group ofCompanies; and Dora, the sweet sibling who, despite beingdimwitted, has captured the affections of their father, Don Luisito GoDong Hae (Ariel Ureta) and snagged the love of Johnson (DingdongDantes), the hunky company executive who has been rejecting Kimmy'samorous attentions.
One day, Don Luisito suffers a heart attack. Fearing that he might not survive, he draws up a will leaving most of the family's estate to Dora who he feels cannot make it on herown, unlike Kimmy. Saddened by her father's decision, Kimmy consults Harrison (Baron Geisler), the sneaky company lawyer, who triesto convince her she's not getting her fair share of the familywealth. A badly timed phone call to Harris causes a series of twisted, hilarious events.
The first half of the movie drags onlike an overly illustrated children's book. But hold on, it getsbetter halfway.
On the whole, Uge is that funny factorin the movie. The situations are hilarious only because Uge executesthem well. She made very effective character shifts, making sure thateven in scenes where Kimmy is pretending to be Dora, and vice versa,she does not lose the identity of her dysfunctional characters.
Theother characters are interesting, too. There's Kimmy's overworked andunappreciated assistant cum punching bag Gertrude (Miriam Quiambao)who cries at the slightest show of kindness, and Barry (ZanjoeMarudo), the muscular farmer who is able to tame the domineering nature of Kimmy.
Kimmy Dora may be star-studded but it takes more to make it a really good movie. It offers entertainment, plain andsimple. As the head of a company, Kimmy power-dresses anddoes power trips. She scares the employees a la Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in TheDevil Wears Prada and fires anemployee for wearing the same dress as hers. In board meetings, theytalk in sweeping generalities to get investors from every corner of the planet,as if there were noongoing financial crisis in the real world.
But then, the whole point of the movie is to show off Eugene in the role we've neverseen her before. And for the sake of a good laugh, it works.
I understand the need for shallow plots, imaginary worlds, and slapstick humor but I also feel that even fanciful comedies should at least try tomove within the limits of the real world. Just because it is makebelieve does not mean it is full-on fantasy.
That's why I do not understand why aSpecial Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit—an elite tactical unit inthe police force specializing in high risk operations such as hightension hostage crises, counter terrorism missions, and serving highrisk arrest warrants—were dispatched to settle a unarmed cat fightbetween disgruntled sisters, even if they happen to be daughters of abusiness tycoon. In that roof top scene, a team of snipers, completewith high-precision rifles, surround Kimmy and Dora in an open-fireposition, which is weird because snipers normally hide to bring downtheir highly dangerous targets efficiently.
The story behind Dora's mental retardation was hilariously executed; I actually snorted while laughing. But when you reallythink about it, you ask yourself if it is even medically possible for twins to be born days apart.
So it goes down to the fact that youwill watch Kimmy Dora to laugh and not really to pick upanything new. So laugh, cry, and do not think so much. Just enjoy it.Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme, producedby Spring Films, hits theaters on September 2. It israted PG-13 by the Movie and Television Review and ClassificationBoard.
Trailer courtesy of Spring Films