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BFF: Best Friends Forever (I) (2009)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Cuneta ...
Ai-Ai de las Alas ...
Frances (as AiAi delas Alas)
John Estrada ...
Tim / TJ
Chokoleit ...
Joy Viado ...
Empress Schuck ...
Miles Ocampo ...
Nash Aguas ...
Carl Camo ...
Gina Pareño ...
DJ Durano ...
Dang Cruz ...
Enchong Dee ...
AJ Perez ...
Carlos Morales ...


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Chuwariwap (Best Friends Forever)
Performed by Sharon Cuneta and Ai-Ai de las Alas
Music and Lyrics by Norman Caraan
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18 May 2009 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

Running mainly on the much hyped first -- and, who knows, maybe only -- cinematic tandem of Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Comedy Queen Ai-Ai de las Alas, "BFF" (subtitled "Best Friends Forever" as if fearing its target audience wouldn't know what the heck the tri-lettered acronym stands for) affords no glint of optimism to what could be a barrage of films created less for their narratives than a chance to pit two local film legends and/or tabloid fodder with one another. Essentially a female counterpart of the Dolphy-Vic Sotto-starred "Dobol Trobol", Wenn Deramas' put-down to slapstick cinema has not, save for a few chuckle-inducing skits, a single hilarious moment, though more frustratingly glaring is its corny comedic scenes punctuating every overly manipulative tearjerker with the imprecise rhythm of a trying-hard drummer.

A coincidence-laden plot sees Honey (Cuneta) as a wife to Tim (John Estrada) and a mother to three kids, but getting so dedicated to her latter role leads to neglect both to her weight and her husband's emotional needs, a chance seen by Tim to fool around with the comparatively slimmer and radiant but otherwise none-too-lovable Frances (de las Alas), a single mother trying to raise her daughter who's getting a little too chummy with her for comfort. Compounding an operatic plot is that Frances is actually Honey's dance instructor whom she met at a gym and have regular chat sessions with, resulting to their blossoming (best-)friendship.

Of course, such a confounding issue would be too much for Deramas, whose stock in trade appears to be fast-forwarded chaotic scenes and copiously borrowed dialogs from Tagalog classics, that any attempt at properly addressing what could -- SHOULD -- have been the main issue of infidelity is wasted inordinately on hackneyed gags and comatose family-drama filler that only serves to pad a film that lacks balls well enough to resort to a lame deus ex machina in the end. After all, it's simply the on screen team-up of the leads the viewers paid to see (plus the cameo in the end); why give them something else?

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