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When Love Begins... (2008)

Ben (Aga Muhlach) an environmental lawyer and serial dater meets Michelle (Anne Curtis), a daughter of a successful real estate developer. Their casual relationship turns problematic when ... See full summary »

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Jose Javier Reyes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aga Muhlach ... Ben Caballero
Anne Curtis ... Michelle 'Mitch' Valmonte
Christopher De Leon
Ronaldo Valdez
Boots Anson-Roa
Desiree Del Valle
Dimples Romana
Mandy Ochoa Mandy Ochoa
Angel Jacob
Rafael Rosell
AJ Dee
Jon Avila Jon Avila
Madeleine Nicolas ... (as Mads Nicolas)
Alma Lerma Alma Lerma
Jennifer Lee
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Ben (Aga Muhlach) an environmental lawyer and serial dater meets Michelle (Anne Curtis), a daughter of a successful real estate developer. Their casual relationship turns problematic when they are on different pages on their exclusivity. Things get even worse when his environmental group fights Michelle's dad's important real estate project. When Love Begins, a Filipino film from Star Cinema.

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Drama | Romance

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Aga Muhlach's hair goes from long to short and back to long in a lot of scenes. See more »

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Michelle 'Mitch' Valmonte: It's not enough that you accept me for what I am. You also have to accept me for what I'm not.
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V. disappointing...
30 April 2008 | by jemps918See all my reviews

Considering all the hype put into this brazen launching vehicle for Anne Curtis, When Love Begins was painful to watch from start to finish.

Environmental rights lawyer Ben Caballero (Aga Muhlach) and spoiled real estate scion Michelle 'Mitch' Valmonte (Anne Curtis) meet in Boracay and fall in love. Despite their age difference and lack of things in common, they somehow sustain their MU (mutual understanding). When principles and disparate values and loyalties get in their way, both must make a decision to stay together or stand by their beliefs.

Disappointing, really, considering the experience of writer/director Jose Javier Reyes (Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo) and the leads Curtis and Muhlach. Everything just felt forced: the unnatural dialogue, the wooden delivery, the poor editing...the lack of chemistry between Curtis and Muhlach just added fuel to the fire.

Even the shockingly amateurish use of the formula was glaringly obvious and self-absorbed; despite the well-intended trendily eco-friendly subplot of the movie, the characters become tiresome mouthpieces for the message that it can come across as insincere because the audience's disbelief is not sustained. The supporting cast only serves to jar the moments instead of build up the scenes.

No witty lines, no memorable scenes...utterly, sadly forgettable.


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Country:

Philippines

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Filipino | Tagalog

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30 April 2008 (Philippines) See more »

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$2,045,900
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