Every newly-married couple going through an infuriating adjustment period can relate to Juan Happy Love Story, a new (un)romantic comedy on GMA-7’s Telebabad block.
The 45-minute pilot episode that aired Monday night barely covered the full premise of the story but we are teased by the bad romance brewing between Happy (Heart Evangelista), a girl who has high ideals about love and marriage, and Juan (Dennis Trillo), a commitment-phobe playboy schooled in bacchanalia by his self-styled macho man of a grandfather.
What happens when Ms. Right meets Mr. Wrong?
Why does something so bad feel so right? And how did something sour turn sweet and sour again? Wait, what?
The series opens showing a married Juan and Happy clearly not in happy-ever-after because of Juan’s infidelity. We are then taken back several years earlier when they first lay eyes on each other in a wedding: Happy as a dutiful bridesmaid and Juan as the unreliable best man who loses the wedding rings in a bachelor party.
Sparks did not immediately fly between them—at least not for Juan who remained busy gallivanting all over town.
Happy, on the other hand, immediately took a liking to Juan but was tactful enough not to show it.
Their paths would cross again when Happy gets herself in trouble for refusing to pay an exorbitant taxi fare. How would their romance unfold? And how on earth did they get themselves into such a mess years later?
I’m excited for the next episode already.
Juan Happy Love Story, which airs weeknights at 9:15 pm after Once Again on GMA, is directed by LA Madridejos.
GMA pushes the envelope on romantic comedies with Juan Happy Love Story by embracing the natural sexuality that comes with relationships—or non-relationships.
Dennis and Heart, who last starred separately in melodramas Beautiful Strangers and My Faithful Husband, titillates as the future couple doomed to a bad romance.
This new series promises to be an entertaining romp into the darker side of love and hopefully answer the questions bugging every couple caught in a love and hate relationship.
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