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An Honest Review Of 'Can't Help Falling In Love' By A Pinoy Rom-Com Fan

The KathNiel magic is back and better than ever!
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The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

Gab dela Cuesta (Kathryn Bernardo) is a girl who seems to have everything—a booming career with a promotion on the way, a family that adores her, and a long-time boyfriend who just proposed marriage. Everything was perfect, until she discovered that she's actually already hitched—with a legit marriage certificate.  The husband turns out to be Dos Gonzales (Daniel Padilla), a good-looking entrepreneur-slash-travel-influencer. Gab seeks Dos out to convince him to help her get an annulment ASAP.

The Short, Honest Plot

Can't Help Falling In Love is a funny and kilig rom-com about perfect plans falling apart due to unexpected twists.

The Main Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Kathryn Bernardo as Gab dela Cuesta

The reigning teen queen, who turned 21 in March, was last seen as Mia in the box office hit Barcelona: A Love Untold.

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Daniel Padilla as Dos Gonzales

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The actor and recording artist, who is turning 22 this month, played the role of Ely, the love interest of Kathryn's Mia in Barcelona: A Love Untold.

Matteo Guidicelli as Jason Aguinaldo, Gab's boyfriend

The former kart racer turned actor was last seen as Gian Carlo de Luca in the LizQuen teleserye Dolce Amore and as Joey in Cinema One's Single/Single.

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Cherry Pie Picache as Gab's Mom

The veteran actress was last seen playing Angel Locsin's mom in the movie The Third Party. She was also memorable as Tita Jack in JaDine's 2015 teleserye On The Wings of Love.

Janus Del Prado

The former child actor who is a staple in many TV and film projects was last seen on the long-running teleserye FPJ's Ang Probinsyano and in the action-comedy Extra Service earlier this year.

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Kristel Fulgar

The former child star who now shines as a singer and actress was last seen in Wansapanataym: Holly & Mau with Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona.

Did You Know?

1. This movie marks the sixth year of the KathNiel love team and this film is just the start! Kath and DJ are also set to make their way back to primetime TV via La Luna Sangre, the third installment of ABS-CBN fantaseryes Lobo and Imortal.

2. Some scenes from the movie were shot in picturesque locations around Cebu. You will see beautiful places like Bukilat Cave, Moalboal beach, Oslob, and Osmeña Peak.

3. There are some surprise cameo appearances from celebrities like Piolo Pascual, Ejay Falcon, and even Kath's own mom, Min Bernardo, so pay attention!

4. This is the third time that Kathryn and Daniel have worked on a film directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar. The first time they worked together was for 24/7 in Love in 2012, and the second was for the 2015 movie Crazy Beautiful You.

5. The movie hit cinemas on Black Saturday and raked in an amazing P33 million on its first day, surpassing Barcelona's first day earnings by a good P10 million.

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What I Think:

Full disclosure: I'm a sucker for Pinoy rom-coms. If a trailer catches my interest, you can expect me to be in the cinema on the first day of screening. Can't Help Falling In Love was no exception.

As expected, KathNiel did not disappoint acting-wise. I love that they do comedy so fluidly. Not every love team is gifted with the ability to click with the audience comedy-wise so this is something special that Daniel and Kathryn have.

There weren't a lot of dramatic scenes (unlike in their last movie Barcelona: A Love Untold) but the few ones they had were done well. I'm probably not a good gauge of whether a movie will make you cry because I cry so easily. But this film did make me tear up in some parts.

There's no question that Kathryn and Daniel have ~*magic*~. I mean, this is already their eighth movie together and it looks like it's going to be another hit. But this film is extra special because:

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1. They tackle more mature material. It's great to see how much Kathryn and Daniel have grown, not just as actors, but as individuals.

 2. Daniel is really proving to be one of the best and most versatile actors of his generation.

3. Kath is even more beautiful than she normally is. Her skin is glowing! Being in her 20s really suits her.

4. Their chemistry, while still electric, feels extra intimate and comfortable which helps give an extra layer of magic.

The plot was really interesting, too, but it does pose some questions early on—questions that will be answered eventually. I also thought, however, that there were a few twists to the story that were unnecessary, and one key transition toward the end that felt a little lacking.

But overall, I found the movie to be funny, fast-paced, and full of kilig.

I would recommend it to:

Anyone looking for a light-hearted, feel-good rom-com. If you're having a bad or blah week and just want to laugh or feel kilig, then this one's for you.

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Anyone who is even remotely attracted to Daniel Padilla. The guy has real talent for both drama and comedy, and he is just SO easy on the eyes.

Anyone who feels like their lives have been decided for them by other people, whether it's by a significant other, a family member, a friend, or even just a life circumstance. May this movie help give you the courage to see things as they truly are and the guts to do something about it.

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