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An Honest Review Of 'The Day After Valentine's'

It’s not your typical Pinoy romance. In fact, it’s not much of a romance at all.

A broken girl tries to fix a broken boy. What could possibly go wrong?

The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

Kai (JC Santos) walks into a clothing store in search of arm socks. That's where he meets Lani (Bela Padilla), a store assistant. The shop is closed for the night but Lani allows Kai to buy what he needs. The two become fast friends. Kai opens up about a heartbreak. Lani helps him heal and forget. The two are inseparable. When Kai has to go home to Hawaii where his family lives, he invites Lani to join him.

The Short, Honest Plot

A broken girl tries to fix a broken boy. What could possibly go wrong?

The Main Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Bela Padilla as Lani

Bela was last seen in the movie Meet Me in St. Gallen with Carlo Aquino.

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JC Santos as Kai

JC was last seen in the movie Mr. & Mrs. Cruz with Ryza Cenon.

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Did You Know?

  1. The Day After Valentine's is one of eight feature films that are part of the second annual Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. This is the second movie of JC and Bela, a follow-up after the success of their first film, 100 Tula Para Kay Stella, which was part of last year's PPP.
  2. The movie was partly shot in Lanai, Hawaii. Viewers are treated to a tour of this Hawaiian island. Aside from palm trees and secluded beaches, we get to see and learn the story behind Sweetheart Rock, and the natural rock garden, Keahiakawelo.
  3. Check out its movie poster. Under the title, you will notice interesting characters. They're called Baybayin, a pre-Hispanic writing system in the Philippines. In the movie, Kai's ex-girlfriend and Lani both have an interest in Baybayin.

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What I Think:

I have to admit that I didn't watch the trailer before seeing the movie, so I actually had no idea what it was about. I thought it would be one of those cheating movies. You know how people say that mistresses celebrate Valentine's day after February 14 since that date is reserved for the wife or girlfriend? Of course, I soon found out that it's not one of those cheating movies.

The film is actually quite interesting because it kept me guessing until the end. It's not your typical Filipino romance. In fact, it's not much of a romance at all. Remember the movie Sid & Aya? The subtitle "Not A Love Story" is better suited to this movie. Nevertheless, The Day Before Valentine's is a film that most people would still be able to relate to.

Bela and JC were, as expected, convincing as Lani and Kai. There's no question that these two can act. They've proven it in 100 Tula Para Kay Stella and their other movies and they did not disappoint in this film. Chemistry-wise though, the story hardly allowed them to show viewers the spark we know they're capable of having.

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While I wouldn't consider the movie to be bad, there were some problematic parts for me. One is the sudden change in the intensity of how Lani and Kai felt about each other. It just seemed to me like it was all so sudden, no explanation or transition to explain the change after Hawaii. The other thing is the movie's title. In the end, it felt forced and something like a movie version of clickbait.  

What My Friend Thinks:

"I liked that the story is a bit novel and we are left wondering how it will all play out until the last scene. Hawaii as a backdrop was also a nice touch. I was looking for the JC-Bela chemistry I saw in 100 Tula Para Kay Stella but sadly, it wasn't as evident here. Overall, the movie is just okay." —Mina

I'd Recommend It To:

Anyone who can relate to being broken.

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