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15 May 2013

Wenn V. Deramas' "Bromance: My Brother's Romance" (Review): Stereotypes for Your Money!

Farce takes a stereotype and blows it out of proportion. In a way, farce is a deconstruction of a stereotype.  Figuratively speaking, the stereotype is blown into small bits to show the ludicrousness and illogicality of an accepted stereotype.  “Bromance,” on the other hand, does not come close to a farce. Five minutes after the movie began, I wanted to run away from the cinema and commit suicide.  Nothing about “Bromance: My Brother's Romance” hinted good entertainment. Certainly, I was not expecting “Bwakaw,” but I thought of giving the Star Cinema-Wenn Deramas Comedy Factory another try but I made a mistake.  This film was made to make money and the producers, writers, director and actors of this film just used outdated stereotypes of gay and heterosexual men to pull in the audience.

To begin with, Zanjoe Marudo’s acting is intolerable. His narration sounds as if it were being delivered by a student actor who does not know yet what nuances are. The movie begins with stereotypes and lazily sticks with them until the very end.  Thankfully, the movie tries to make a point but the point is halfheartedly delivered and does not really count. The one true hope of the film should be the successful gay brother but he ended up becoming a sugar daddy, loveless at the altar and relegated as a supporting character. Like in Philippine society, a successful gay man is still inferior compared to a poor straight man.

The only real gems of the film are the two gay assistants who delivered the best jokes.   The women in this film had it worse; they are inconsequential and one-dimensional.  Kris Aquino made a cameo and surprisingly gave one of the better performances and that is really depressing if Kris tops you in acting, isn’t it?

To sum it all, “Bromance” is a deplorable attempt at comedy of errors, even with its many cameo appearances from Star Cinema’s roster of box office stars.   This movie is like “Kimmy Dora” but with a big difference, and that is basic skills in acting. “Kimmy Dora” had Joyce Bernal as its director and the inimitable Eugene Domingo as its star. “Bromance” is just a waste of your money.  Wenn Deramas does not always create the most enlightened comedies but he certainly made funnier ones. “Bromance” is one of his worst comedies that will make you consider that perhaps “Sisterakas” might be his masterpiece.

If you want to watch stereotypes, go watch Mar S. Torres’ “Jack and Jill” starring Dolphy and Lolita Rodriguez. Considering “Jack and Jill” was made in 1954, it is still arguably more enlightened than “Bromance.”

UPDATE: June 9, 2013
As expected, "Bromance" is a box office hit., the second highest grossing film of 2013, so far.


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