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An Honest Review Of 'My Ex And Whys' By 2 Girls Who Love Rom-Coms

'Pangit ba ako?' answered.
PHOTO: My Ex And Whys/Star Cinema

The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

Cali Ferrer (Liza Soberano) is a young blogger who's been hung up on her ex-boyfriend Gio Martinez (Enrique Gil) for cheating on her two years ago. With all her pent up anger and frustration from her failed relationship, Cali fuels her creativity by leading a hugot-filled blog called The Bakit List. But then, Gio finds out about Cali's blog, which prompts him to create his own blog, The Dahil List, to respond to her posts. Their exchanges catch the attention of, well, everyone online, which suddenly makes them internet famousthus becoming a "social media love team." Cali and Gio's unresolved past makes for some interesting turns with their new and very public tandem.

The Short, Honest Plot

Does Mr. Stick-To-One really exist? My Ex And Whys is a rom-com about bloggers, cheaters, and the power of online haters (hi, mga bashers!). Add a dash of bitter exes, several comedic one-liners, and some drama—but don't forget the happy ending! 

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The Main Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Liza Soberano as Cali Ferrer

The 19-year-old stunner starred as an Italian princess in her primetime soap opera, Dolce Amore, which ran from February to August 2016.

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Enrique Gil as Gio Martinez

The 24-year-old hunk starred alongside Liza in Dolce Amore as her Pinoy love interest, Tenten.

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Ara Mina

The former sexy star has been playing guest roles for GMA, TV5, and ABS-CBN for the past years, but this film marked her return to Star Cinema after 18 years.

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Cai Cortez

The comedienne has had supporting roles in a slew of TV and film projects, most recently reprising her role in the 2016 sequel of Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank.

Ryan Bang

The 25-year-old Korean TV personality has been doing guest roles in a number of ABS-CBN shows, ever since joining Pinoy Big Brother in 2010.

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Jeffrey Tam

Apart from being a comedic actor for TV and film, he is also a mutli-award winning magician.

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Karen Reyes

The 20-year-old actress, who started out in showbiz in 2012 as a Pinoy Big Brother housemate, recently left the girl group GirlTrends.

Joross Gamboa

The 34-year-old actor recently moved networks from ABS-CBN to GMA in 2016.

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Dominic Roque

The 26-year-old hunk recently starred in the Erik Matti thriller Seklusyon for the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Did You Know?

1. My Ex and Whys earned P31.5 million on opening day, the highest opening day earnings for a LizQuen film.

2. My Ex And Whys is the third movie to star the Liza-Enrique tandem. It follows Just The Way You Are (June 2015) and Everyday I Love You (October 2015).

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3. My Ex And Whys is the first LizQuen feature film to be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. She previously directed the love team in their first television series, the romantic drama Forevermore.

4. Filming began in Manila and Tagaytay in September 2016. In November, the duo flew to South Korea to shoot key scenes for the movie.

5. The film's theme song, "You," was originally sung by Basil Valdez. The cover by Jona served as the official film version. 

6. Liza’s famous "Pangit ba ako?" scene took eight hours to shoot! 

7. After 18 years, Ara Mina returned to Star Cinema to portray Liza's mom. She previously played Bong Revilla's leading lady in Alyas Pogi: Ang Pagbabalik.

8. Keep your eyes peeled for a famous face—Sandara Park makes a cameo!

I've never watched a local rom-com before this film. Here's what I think.  Andie

I love rom-coms; the trashier, the better. There's nothing better than putting on a "true love wins" film on a Friday night—bonus points if you have snacks or ice cream. Having never seen a local rom-com before (I know, I've been missing out, please don’t kill me), I didn't know what to expect.

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At the start of the movie I was totally on Liza's sideher character’s Bakit List tweets are EVERYTHING. But as the movie went on, I started rooting for Enrique's character. Yes, I admit to feeling kilig. Despite the cheesiness of certain lines, the totally relatable hate from online bashers (having Twitter fights is SO millennial), and the noticeable CGI effects (I'm looking at you, falling yellow leaves), I really enjoyed the film. The chemistry between Liza and Enrique made it easy to cheer them on—despite constant interruptions from Ryan Bang!

I'll definitely keep an open mind and watch more local rom-coms in the future–got any to recommend? *wink*

Here are some of the thoughts I had during the screening:

On Cali:

"Where can I get those glasses?"

"Did you quit your call center job BEFORE you became a full-time blogger? What about your two-week notice?"

"Is that 'just woke up' blush natural or from a product? I NEED IT."

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(On her "Pangit ba ako?" scene): "OMG this is so sad, I need tissue." "Why are you still so pretty? Haven't you heard of ‘ugly cry'?"

"She totally nailed those blogger poses."

On Gio:

"Long 'surfer dude' hair does not suit you."

"Whenever you say 'baby girl,' I cannot take you seriously."

"NEVER leave your computer on with your siblings aroundespecially if you're on social media!"

"Why are you always cleaning your house?"

"Always leave early to beat airport traffic, c'mon."

I've watched a lot of local rom-coms. Here's what I think. – Jacinda

Rom-coms are my absolute favorite kinds of movies so I'd like to think I know a thing or two about this genreespecially when we're talking about local romantic comedies. My Ex and Whys has the tried and tested formula of what a Pinoy rom-com is: a beautiful love team + snarky friends + family drama + a trip abroad + BAD WIGS. But apart from the formulaic approach to this film, what I appreciated the most about it was how it delved into a world that has rarely been covered: being social media famous. Having LizQuen both play bloggers introduces to its audience how much fabrication is done for a single post, and that most of what we see online are x-deals or paid shots.

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Although My Ex and Whys will never take a spot in my list of top local rom-coms (the no. 1 spot in my heart goes to Kung Ako Na Lang Sana, starring Sharon Cuneta and Aga Muhlach), I'd like to give props to the team for keeping up with the trends and not sticking with the ever-gasgas storyline of 'a rich city guy falling in love with a barrio lass.'

While I am no fan of one love team (I'd like to see actors as individuals and not as a package), I do believe that Liza and Enrique as individual actors, even with their bad wigs, gave their most mature performances to date. And as a love team, these two have a chemistry that cannot be faked.

We'd recommend it to:

Anyone who wants a good time and is up for real kilig moments. Also, if you're into hugot one-liners, this film is for you 'cause they're thrown all throughout the film. My Ex and Whys is no cinematic art film nor does it strive to be. It's comfortable, safe, and warm, perfect for a Friday night staying in.  Jacinda

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Hopeless romantics, and those who believe in second chances. Granted, not all cheaters deserve it (and the film will give you plenty of examples), but if you trust in love, then maybe one day you'll find Mr. Right. It's a perfect film if you want to have a good cry, but still expect a happy ending. — Andie


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