Movie Review: Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat (2008)

Comedy films lorded it over the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival and the big winner in the box office is Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat (The Only Mom for You All). To date, the film has grossed over PhP 100 million, making it one of the most successful Philippine films of 2008.

The movie is the sequel to Ang Tangning Ina (The Only Mom) where comedienne Ai-Ai De las Alas reprises her role as Ina Montecillo, the hard-working mother of twelve who gets in to different odd jobs to support her family. Also back is the funny Eugene Domingo as Rowena, the best friend who manages to get herself entangled with Ina in funny and wacky situations.

The film is about the continuing story Ina and how she accepts different odd jobs (from being a stunt double, a waitress, a college student, and business owner) to get the money needed for their family's daily living. Her new adventure brings her to a new arena-- the political scene as she becomes the president of the Philippines by a twist of fate. The film's humor centers on her national policies that seem to defy logic and her interaction with Rowena.

Ina does have her funny moments, but her gags become tiring, especially the ones that involve her mangled quotations and sayings. The "warm and fuzzy" moments involve her desire to get her children's respect as decent, yet unqualified, president of the country.

I expected a lot from Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat because of the hype and box office performance, but after watching the film, I was reminded that it was a film festival picture intended to rake in the tills. Comedy is there, albeit shallow and tiring.

Rating: 2/5