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A Very Special Love (2008)

Laida Magtalas is a modern-day Belle. "Miggy" is the youngest member of the Montenegro clan a well established family in the business world. She applies as an Editorial Assistant at Miggy's... See full summary »

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Raz de la Torre (story and screenplay) (as Raz Sobida Dela Torre)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lloyd Cruz ... Miggy Montenegro
Sarah Geronimo ... Laida Magtalas
Dante Rivero ... Luis Montenegro
Rowell Santiago ... Art Montenegro
Johnny Revilla ... Roger Montenegro
Bing Pimentel ... Alice Montenegro
Daphne Oseña-Paez Daphne Oseña-Paez ... Anya Montenegro
Al Tantay ... Tomas Magtalas
Irma Adlawan ... Baby Magtalas
Arno Morales Arno Morales ... Stephen Magtalas
Miles Ocampo ... Rose Magtalas
Andre Garcia ... Lio Magtalas (as Andrei Garcia)
Matet De Leon ... Zoila
Gio Alvarez ... Vincent
Joross Gamboa ... John Rae
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Laida Magtalas is a modern-day Belle. "Miggy" is the youngest member of the Montenegro clan a well established family in the business world. She applies as an Editorial Assistant at Miggy's newly launched men's magazine, "Bachelor". Laida revels working in such close proximity with the man of her dreams. Written by ledster

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Comedy | Romance

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Official Sites:

ABS-CBN | AVSL

Country:

Philippines

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Filipino | Tagalog | English

Release Date:

30 July 2008 (Philippines) See more »

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Opening Weekend:

PHP 58,448,223 (Philippines), 3 August 2008, Limited Release
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Almost at the end of the movie, the rain pours suddenly but visibly the sun is shining brightly and only the area of lead actors actually got wet. See more »

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A Surprisingly Special Love... Indeed
3 August 2008 | by charliekoonSee all my reviews

Every local film pitched with a romantic theme will never escape this harsh pre-judgment; it is a copycat, 'baduy' or trashy. As the saying goes, "Don't judge a book by its cover." But in reality, not all of us are critics, who have a lot of time in their hands to check out this "chick flick" to reassure the relevance of this adage.

A Very Special Love is a romantic comedy film produced by Star Cinema, directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and written by Raz dela Torre. The story is about a moody Editor-in-chief Miggy Montenegro who is in the verge of losing his staff as well as his men's magazine, Bachelor. Laida, a naïve young girl, applies as an Editorial Assistant hoping to be close with the man she dreams of every night. The plot is fairly identifiable to the movie The Devil Wears Prada wherein a recent college graduate gets a job as an assistant to a powerful magazine editor. But this time, it is a love story. Although originality in the story is not a strong quality nevertheless the basic necessities of a Romantic Comedy were all addressed.

Geronimo's performance in particular was quite a revelation. From her quirky antics, and humorous lines, to her on-screen charisma, the audience can't stop laughing and crying and giggling and laughing again, a metaphoric state just like the theme, Love. On the other note, Cruz's character was made complex and was wisely portrayed. He plays a not-so-likable character you will despise at first sight. But as the film thoroughly progress, you will sympathize with him and be captivated with his charisma. I don't want to elaborate any further as to how his character was layered as this might reveal the twists.

The probably advantage in having Star Cinema produce a film is the technical quality will not be compromised. Although I have qualms in certain dialogue scenes that were dubbed and its live recording needs to be improved. Too much musical scoring is what I loath in most mainstream local films. Moderation might ultimately be the cure.

Romantic comedy films are movies with light-hearted, humorous plot lines, centered on romantic ideals such as true love being able to surmount most obstacles. This is what this film offers. It is simple in definition, but hard to attain. It is a rare treat to watch a film in this genre and be able to say in the end, it was pleasing… and funny indeed.

rating: 3.5/5 stars


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