An Honest Review Of '#Jowable'

It's definitely a must-watch with your girl friends!
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The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

Elsa (Kim Molina) is a certified NBSB (No Boyfriend Since Birth) whose only wish since she was a kid is to fall in love and be loved in return. Her desire consumes her completely. She isn't even comforted by the well-meaning people around her who watch out for her and tell her that maybe it's a good thing that she's not in a relationship yet.

She resents the fact that everyone seems to have someone except her and takes her bitterness out on everyone—her mother, her friends, even complete strangers! But her life quickly turns upside down when she meets a guy one sad, rainy night.

The Short, Honest Plot

It's a movie about a girl totally *OBSESSED* with having a boyfriend!

The Main Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Kim Molina as Elsa

Kim Molina was last seen onscreen in the iWant movie MOMOL Nights with Kit Thompson. She is also a regular cast member in Kadenang Ginto and The General's Daughter.

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Cai Cortez as Karissa

Cai Cortez was a part of the 2018 Metro Manila Film Fest (MMFF) entry, The Girl in the Orange Dress, starring Jericho Rosales and Jessy Mendiola. She was also in the GMA-7 teleserye TODA One I Love with Kylie Padilla and Ruru Madrid.

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Chad Kinis as Facundo/Facky

Chad Kinis was a part of the comedy film S.O.N.S. (Sons of Nanay Sabel), starring Ai-Ai de las Alas.

 

Kakai Bautista as Elsa's mother, Liberty

Kakai Bautista was last seen in the blockbuster film Hello, Love, Goodbye with Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards.

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Jerald Napoles as Bumbay

Jerald Napoles was last seen on the big screen in the MMFF movie Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles, starring Vic Sotto, Coco Martin, and Maine Mendoza. He was also a part of the GMA-7 teleserye Love You Two, starring Jennylyn Mercado and Gabby Concepcion.

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Candy Pangilinan as Sister

Candy Pangilinan was last seen in the GMA-7 show Dragon Lady with Janine Gutierrez. She was also a part of the comedy film Abay Babes in 2018.

Did You Know?

1. Kim Molina and her love interest in the movie, Jerald Napoles, are a couple in real life! They met while working on the musical, Rak of Aegis. Kim admits to having been attracted to Jerald from the onset because he looked like a bad boy, but they had both just come from failed relationships and weren't ready to get into another one so soon. They became the best of friends before eventually becoming a couple. Kim and Jerald just celebrated their fifth anniversary in July.

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2. For Kim, the most challenging scene she had to take on for #Jowable was her intimate scene with Jerald. It was awkward for her: "Feeling ko nag-hire kami ng tao para panoorin kami."

3. #Jowable is directed by Darryl Yap, who started as a theater actor and writer before eventually getting into directing. This movie is his first mainstream film. Prior to this, he had directed indie films and a lot of six-minute short films that became viral on social media. One of his most successful short films was called #Jowable, which became a social media video series before it was turned into a book and movie.

4. This movie wasn't the first time Direk Darryl worked with Kim. She also starred in one of his six-minute films—a viral series called KPL where Kim plays an office girl who blows up at her boss. To date, the video has been viewed 1.8 million times on YouTube.

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5. The original Elsa in the #Jowable short film series is theater actress Jobelyn Manuel, who is part of the cast of the movie as one of Elsa's barkada.

What I Think:

I was curious about this movie having seen good reviews about it on my feed. The trailer was interesting enough and definitely had shock value, especially for people not used to vulgar language.

The movie starts out really well. I appreciated the backstory-telling and how it creatively transitioned to present day. Scene after scene, #Jowable delivered LOL moments. While watching it, I felt like I was just watching friends banter.

Most of the characters were really relatable. Watching it, I saw aspects of my own friends in Elsa, Karissa, Facky, and Nuna. The film also had some touching moments—not enough to make me cry but moving nevertheless. It also communicated valuable lessons and wisdom, which was quite surprising, given that I was expecting just humor from start to finish.

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I was wondering while watching if it was even possible for anyone to be THAT obsessed with having a significant other. But I guess it could happen. I do wish women nowadays are more comfortable not being in a relationship. There is, after all, a lot one can learn and experience while being single!

Kim Molina is a talented actress, comedian, and singer. I've seen her play Aileen in Rak of Aegis and Savannah in Kadenang Ginto so I wasn't surprised that she could pull off a lead role in a film. She's also highly likable and I think that's an important factor because her Elsa character can get whiney and annoying. Any other actress might not have been able to pull it off as well as she did.

Her support cast was also excellent! Cai Cortez, Chad Kinis, and Jobelyn Manuel were perfect for the roles that they played and complemented Kim really well. I also appreciated the performances of Kakai Bautista as Elsa's mother and Candy Pangilinan as Elsa's nun friend.

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The movie's not perfect though. There were some scenes I felt they could have done without and one particular dragging scene that almost ruined the experience for me because it was too long and overdramatized. It's a good thing the ending was pretty good.

I also wish they played with Jerald Napoles' character more and gave him more minutes in the movie. The guy is such a talented comedian but I felt like the movie would have been better if his character had a backstory and more interaction with Elsa.

This movie has so much potential. It started out well and ended well, but definitely has room for improvement. But it's not bad as a first film for director Darryl Yap.

I'd Recommend It To:

Single women who, at some point, have wished they were in a relationship will be able to relate to this movie. It's also a really fun movie to watch with girl friends!

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