Your Basic Filipino Telenovela/Movie Plot (with spoilers from The Breakup Playlist)

Yesterday, July 1, was the first cinema appearance of the new local movie The Breakup Playlist starring Piolo Pascual and Sarah Geronimo, directed by Antonette Jadaone and Dan Villegas.

Personally, I hate watching any Filipino films in general for two reasons: 1.) it’s either you have a common plot, or a predictable plot, or 2.) because it always ends up with a happy ending.

[**SPOILER ALERT**]

Not like I’m arguing how everyone wants to rejoice with happy couples (or the assumption of such) at the end of each P200+ movie ticket. But somehow, it breaks my heart how I was hoping the movie would end without them getting back together, and that’s not even because I’m bitter. It’s mainly because of why I hate Filipino films reason #2. I don’t mind at all if they became friends again in the end, but the fact that they got back together made me go “meh.”

TBH, I wanted to watch The Breakup Playlist so I can grab unto “hugot lines.” But I probably expected too much because the trailer already showed the whole story except for the part where they get back together. During the “Pares” scene, I already knew they were gonna end up there after their breakup, and that just makes me sad. And to think, the whole story and its ending is actually already predictable based on all the other films and telenovelas we have. I dunno.

Mas naakpetuhan pa ako nung nag-apologize si Trixie sa parents niyang binigo niya.

Probably the Filipino culture is just so into happy endings and are probably the reason why people get impossible expectations with their lives.

Are we really in the time where we just live our lives through these scripted happy stories because that’s the only place we can?

Your Filipino plots contain one or a combination of the following:

1. Inapi dahil mahirap, biglang yayaman at gaganti (ending: ‘yung kaaway either mapapatawad, mamatay, o mababaliw)

2. Gaganti sa kaaway, mai-inlove at mababalewala dahil “hindi siya ganung klaseng tao talaga.”

3. dalawang lalakeng nag-aagawan sa isang babae or vice versa. (ending: magkaka-kanya-kanyang partner silang lahat, ‘pag hindi, malamang may malubhang sakit at mamamatay yun o di kaya mag-aabroad)

4. “Coincidence” na laging may palatandaan (e.g. necklace) para makilala yung anak na hindi sinasadyang “mapamigay.” Palaging mayaman ang tunay na pamilya, at yung aampon ay yung saktong may-kaya o mahirap.

5. May sekswal o prostitusyong kasama lagi sa bidang hindi gusto yung trabahong yun, o hindi nag-eengage in anything sexual. Tapos isasalba ng kung sino mang mayamang bachelor.

6. May kabit na nagfi-feeling asawa. Ipapamigay, babawiin. (ending: laging magkakabalikan sa unang pamilya)

7. May traydor sa loob ng kumpanya ng bida na sisira sa business.

8. Lahat ng bagay nabibili ng pera (e.g. DNA test results, love life, kaligayahan) – though this is possibly true in real life.

Marami pa at tinatamad na ako.

After watching the The Breakup Playlist, I realized again the very reason why I can’t like any Filipino romance film. Kung itatanong niyo ko kung maganda ba, oo, maganda naman, pampalipas oras, konting pampakilig at konting pagnilay-nilay sa buhay. Yun na.

I don't intend to depreciate Filipino Film or bash any scriptwriters, authors, actors or directors. I'm just saying my opinions. It's just kinda sad how everyone seem to enjoy every local film there is when in fact, parang same-same lang naman lahat, iba-iba lang ng umaarte.
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