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Desperadas (2007)

This Filipino story centers around four beautiful half-sisters each with a different lifestyle and unresolved issues on family, relationships, and personal hang-ups. Each sister is ... See full summary »


Joel Lamangan (as Joel C. Lamangan)


Roy Iglesias (story and screenplay)
2 wins. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruffa Gutierrez ... Isabella
Rufa Mae Quinto ... Patricia
Iza Calzado ... Stephanie
Marian Rivera ... Courtney
Wendell Ramos ... Dave
Jay-R ... Vito
TJ Trinidad ... Richard
Luis Alandy ... Mandy
Ryan Eigenmann ... James
Will Devaughn ... Patrick
Nova Villa ... Margot
Gina Alajar ... Patrick's Mother
Tirso Cruz III ... Patrick's Father
Sophia Baars ... Alexis (as Sophia Maria Baars)
Paul Vincent Magbojos Paul Vincent Magbojos ... Peter


This Filipino story centers around four beautiful half-sisters each with a different lifestyle and unresolved issues on family, relationships, and personal hang-ups. Each sister is searching for answers on love and life. The sisters face a variety of challenges as they struggle and cope with life's trial and adversities in this charming comic drama from the Philippines.

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All they need is love.


Comedy | Romance


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Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

25 December 2007 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperadas: All They Need Is Love See more »

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Annabelle Rama was initially hired to play the mother. She was replaced with Nova Villa. See more »


Followed by Desperadas 2 (2008) See more »


Performed by Jay-R
Written and Produced by Jay-R and Jimmy Muna
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Comedy with wit and four desperate half-sisters
5 January 2008 | by strange_antithesisSee all my reviews

When you talk of comedic movies in our country, you think of slapstick comedy, bumbling cops, Vic Sotto, Andrew E., comic hero spoofs, and of course, Dolphy. This formula has worked for years and the masses can't seem to get enough of this. This in mind, when the Metro Manila Film Festival comes, you will undoubtedly, find one or any of the mentioned to be an entry.

Desperadas is a great departure from that set-up. The story of four half-sisters struggling with their relationships may not sound inviting as it somewhat resembles Desperate Housewives, but this worked really well under the direction of Joel Lamangan.

I watched this movie with my cousin (when it finally came out) and neither of us were surprised when we saw that the seats weren't packed. I guess a lot of people didn't think this was any good. But, I mean, the writer was Roy C. Iglesias. Do they not know who that person was?

Anyway, as the story went, it was about four rich half-sisters and their problems between themselves and their romantic relationships. All with great careers save one; Patricia, the eldest, was the writer, Stephanie was a lawyer, Isabella was um... I'm not sure if she had any career as she's most seen partying most of the time, and the youngest, Courtney, was a swimsuit designer. Each actress portrayed their roles almost effortlessly; a special mention to Ruffa Gutierrez on this part. Even though Marian Rivera was a newcomer, she held her own, giving an astounding performance as Courtney.

Each sister had their own love woes: Patricia's husband felt inferior to his wife, Stephanie's marriage had no 'spark' in it anymore, Isabella was a single mom who doesn't want to get married, and Courtney's soon-to-be hubby suddenly converted into a Born Again Christian, which didn't suit well with her lifestyle.

All the actors performed really well here. Jay-R was a good actor (to my surprise) and so was Will Devaughn (so I guess he won't just be a model now, won't he?).

Despite the great acting, it's the script that i enjoyed most in the film. This was witty. This was fresh. This had a maid who knew the lines of Emily Dickinson, Gone with the Wind, and Parokya ni Edgar! I'm glad they didn't turn her into an Inday clone (search Inday's blog so you could have an idea).

I gave this movie an 8 for its (sort of) originality, approach in humor, cast, great direction, and decent acting. Please watch this film!

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