An Honest Review Of 'Us Again'

RK and Jane's chemistry was ~palpable~.
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The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

In the course of her pursuit of becoming a doctor, Marge (Jane Oineza) meets her best friend and roommate, Anne (Sarah Edwards). Everything is going well with their set-up until Marge meets Mike (RK Bagatsing), Anne's boyfriend. It turns out that it's not the first time Marge encounters Mike: He's actually been her long-time crush after sharing a ~connection~ with him a few years back.

Marge and Mike become fast friends, and soon Mike finds himself deeply attracted to Marge, who never really stopped pining for him since the day she first saw him. One night, their flirting leads to sex and things become a lot more complicated.

The Short, Honest Plot

A guy and a girl let their feelings get in the way of friendships, relationships, and life goals. Yikes!

The Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Jane Oineza as Marge

Jane was last seen in the Cinema One Originals' film Tayo Muna Habang Hind Pa Tayo with JC Santos.

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RK Bagatsing as Mike

RK was last seen in the Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino movie Cuddle Weather with Sue Ramirez.

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Sarah Edwards as Anne

Sarah is a newbie actress but gamers will probably know her because she is a Mobile Legends influencer. She is also a model and was a contestant of TV5's Philippines' Next Top Model in 2017.

 

Jin Macapagal as Paolo

Jin was the winner of BidaMan, a talent search segment of ABS-CBN's It's Showtime.

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Did You Know?

1. Jane started out as a child star. She got her first acting stint at age four for the teleserye Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan, which starred Claudine Barretto. She was also a regular cast member of Goin' Bulilit for three years and was one of the leads of Kung Fu Kids, a popular fantasy series that premiered in 2008.

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2. RK has been acting in movies and TV shows since 2012, but his breakthrough role was as Arnaldo Ardiente Torillo in the hit teleserye Wildflower starring Maja Salvador.

3. This isn't the first time RK and Jane worked on a project together. They were both part of the afternoon soap Araw Gabi starring JM De Guzman and Barbie Imperial.

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4. This movie has a catchy theme song called "Maibalik" by JBK, a vocal trio made up of Joshua Bulot, Bryan del Rosario, and Kim Lawrenz Ordonio. The group made headlines when they joined the British talent search The X-Factor in 2017 and made it as far as the semifinals.

What I Think:

I was really curious about this movie when I first saw the trailer. The storyline was simple enough, and even if the third party plot has been done so many times in Pinoy movies, I wanted to see how it would play out for this film. Plus, I was interested to see Jane Oineza and RK Bagatsing on the big screen!

The film started out great. It showed the lead characters in present-time and was able to establish that they had a painful past and that was why Marge was trying to avoid Mike. It also took us to the past—how Marge and Mike first met, how they reconnected, and the moments that led to their falling out.

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After that, things started to get really complicated. The story just went to places I didn't think was necessary. Sure, there were surprising twists to the movie but I felt like those elements were more distracting than enriching to the narrative. I felt like the movie was written by multiple writers who each had their own agenda and put each of their parts together to make one film.

There were too many loose ends and pieces of the puzzle that just did not come together for this movie. It's a shame, really, because the premise was already interesting to start with and the lead actors did their job well.

Jane was authentic and believable as Marge. Jane really acts from the heart and if you've seen her play other roles before, you will know that she is like a chameleon. She can be a convincing kontrabida in one project and a moving protagonist in another.

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RK, on the other hand, has a magnetism in his real-life personality that he is able to use to make every portrayal compelling. He did not disappoint in Us Again. I wish though that his character was better developed.

RK and Jane together make sense. The chemistry was palpable. I would definitely go see them again if ever they make another film together.

I'd Recommend It To:

Fans of RK and Jane, and anyone who's curious to see a fresh pairing.

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