Movie Review: Ang Cute ng Ina Mo

Ai-ai De las Alas and director Wenn V. Deramas reunite and try to replicate the success of Ang Tanging Ina. The story mainly revolves around Georgia and her madcap attempts to get her family back together afer being separated 20 years before. Her Filipino-Australian daughter Christine, played by Anne Curtis, who thinks her mom abandoned her and her dad, comes home to the Philippines to dash any hopes of a family reunion. Riot and romance ensues when she tags her nanny along to live with her Mom and Val, Georgia's adopted son.

No doubt the movie does have its funny moments. It thrives in satire and and exaggeration of certain situations. It also pokes fun at homosexuals in a light and relatively acceptable manner. Ai-ai is in her element whenever she makes nasty comebacks to Christine's nanny, played by Eugene Domingo.

I can't help but compare the movie to other recent Asian comedies that reached the Philippines, particularly Shaolin Soccer and Kung-Fu Hustle. They share a certain inclination for contrived comic episodes.

The movie may be 2007's first local hit. Ang Cute ng Ina Mo is what Philippine box offices needs right now-- a taut comedy that appeals to a wide range of people, but is it what Philippine cinema needs?

Rating: 3/5

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