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Praybeyt Benjamin (2011)

A gay man tries to prove himself by joining the military.

Director:

Wenn V. Deramas

Writers:

Wenn V. Deramas (story), Keiko Aquino (screenplay) (as Keiko A. Aquino) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vice Ganda ... Benjamin 'Benjie' Santos VIII
Eddie Garcia ... Gen. Bino Santos
Derek Ramsay ... Brandon
Jimmy Santos ... Benjamin 'Ben' Santos VII
Vandolph ... Buhawi
DJ Durano ... Dondi
Kean Cipriano ... Emerson
Dennis Padilla ... Benjie's Uncle
Nikki Valdez ... Lucresia
Carlos Agassi ... Bully 1
Bodie Cruz ... Bully 3
Malou de Guzman ... Lillibeth Santos
Rubi Rubi ... Captain Tenille
Ricky Rivero ... Big Boy
Tutti Caringal ... Bully 2
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Storyline

Benjamin "Benjie" Santos VIII is a gay who wants to prove his worth to his grandfather, help spare his aging father from military drafting, and save the country from terrorists. He keeps his sexuality from the trainees and superiors and makes friends with the other misfits of the team. They went into rigorous training to change from being weaklings to perfectly capable soldiers. Their hard work pays off and gets acknowledged by their trainers. Another team of trainees stages Benjie so as to expose his sexuality, and immediately gets him kicked out of the team. His misfit friends walks away with him, but incidentally arrives at the terrorists' camp. They go back to give the intel to their superiors, but they were ignored. They took matters into their own hands and came out victorious. Written by settesb

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Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

26 October 2011 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin See more »

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Opening Weekend:

PHP 29,000,000 (Philippines), 26 October 2011
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Spoofs The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995) See more »

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Dadalhin
Performed by Regine Velasquez
Composed by Tats Faustino
Published by Viva Music Publishing, Inc.
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Good Comedy Movie
29 September 2012 | by sim-richmondSee all my reviews

First of all, I would like to congratulate Star Cinema/ABS-CBN Film Productions and Viva Films for having Praybeyt Benjamin as one of the highest grossing Filipino film of all time.

The movie was quite hilarious and the storyline of having a gay soldier is a good idea, though not anymore unique. Nevertheless, what made it different from any other films with gay soldiers is that they mixed genres. They added a touch of science fiction (SciFi) and drama (Family Rivalry). And, thankfully, the romance they have put was only for the sake of comedy, and not being focused on the romance alone because if they did, it would appear mainstream which the Filipino taste is already burn of.

The camera rolling techniques that have been used was on average, and the CGIs appeared to be similar to that of old Filipino films (which I have to admit devastated me).

Heavy screen portrayal got no place in this kind of movie because it does not showcase heavy drama. However, I believe that some of the actors underacted making some scenes awkward and unnatural.

Overall, it reached 7/10.


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