Movie Review: You Changed My Life (2009)

The tandem of Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz returns for the sequel to the very successful A Very Special Love, and I think Filipino Cinema has found its romantic-comedy franchise for the next couple of years.

You Changed My Life is a nice follow-up to an equally great romantic comedy and I'm not exaggerating when I say that this film is the best local release of the year so far. (*cough* When I Met U Love Me Again *cough*)The film builds on what made the first one enjoyable: good balance of romantic and comedic moments, good dynamics between the lead and supporting characters, plus a plausible contemporary story.

In the film, it happens shortly after Laida (Sarah Geronimo) and her boss Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) have become a couple officially. They start off smoothly, but things get a little dicey when Miggy gets assigned to lead their family's manufacturing business located in the outskirts of the city and Laida gets assigned to an account management where she goes out and meets clients. The obstacle the couple face is the lack of time they spend with each other due to their focus in their respective careers. It's not really earth-shattering by any stretch, but I think a lot of couples face that issue, thus making the story very familiar.

A few nitpicks: the story slips down to first gear when it laboriously focuses on the "lack of time" issue between Laida and Miggy, plus Laida's "crazy in love" shtick gets stretched to the hilt. But these hiccups are very small compared to the film's positives. Expect a great date movie that's locally made with You Changed My Life.

Rating: 3.5/5