Return of the movie love teams


CRUZ AND GERONIMO. Reunite in “It Takes A Man and A Woman.”

Time was when love teams ruled over the local movie scene—Guy and Pip, Vi and Bot, Gabby and Sharon, Maricel and William, Snooky and Albert—you know the drill. For some years now, however, movie tandems have been eclipsed in popularity by the film production slump and the teleserye craze, or they’ve held sway mainly on TV.

So, it’s instructive to note that some sort of revival could be in the offing, starting with the recent Kathryn Bernardo-Daniel Padilla starrer, “Must Be…Love,” which clicked with young viewers earlier this month.

The rom-com’s good showing at the tills had encouraged the emergence or revival of other movie love teams, whose own showcase starrers are about to affirm their stellar players’ hold on viewers.

At the end of the month, the popular love team of John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo costar once again in “It Takes A Man and A Woman.” This “third and last” outing is deemed to be a rite of passage of sorts for their rom-com pairing, because the “eternally cute” Sarah finally aims to turn in a more “adult” portrayal in it. Now that the popular actress-singer is chronologically “turning silver,” it really is about time for her to opt for a more adult characterization.

Trouble is, she can’t completely let go of her “signature” big-screen image, so finding the right mix of “then” and “now” could be cause for some concern.

As for John Lloyd, he has no problem playing it older and wiser, as evidenced by his “serious” TV-film roles. But, the success of his latest film can’t be claimed exclusively by his love team with Sarah, because he’s become the screen consort of choice of other popular female stars, like Bea Alonzo and Angelica Panganiban.

So, unlike other, more “exclusive” love teams, Sarah has to “share” John Lloyd with those leading ladies. —But, that’s still a better deal than not having a hit love team at all, especially since Sarah’s other pairing with Gerald Anderson has gone kaput.

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  • maysayako

    diyoskopo! tigilan na sana ang mga love team ek-ek! ka-cheapan! mag-focus sila sa screenplay nang hindi pare-pareho na lang ang plot, twist at kuwento ng movie! ang mga movie sa pinas napaka-predictable, kahit sa trailer pa lang, alam mo na ang takbo ng kuwento!

  • akobatalagaito

    Ows, only in Pinas? Hollywood produced a lot of successful romcoms with great stars in them. You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Bridget Jones Diary, While You Were Sleeping, It’s Complicated, Notting Hill, Something’s Gotta Give, among the so many. In case you don’t know since you do not like love team ek-ek, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton starred in these. Even the great Woody Allen loves romcoms. Indeed, it is one genre most difficult for an actor to portray. All these great actors and actresses portrayed the roles so well that we just got carried away. Never mind that we knew they would end happily ever after. People watch such movies not just for the story but for love of the craft, the art. Get down your ivory tower and appreciate that indeed love makes the world go round and if these actors/directors didn’t love what they were going it would be difficult to convince moviegoers that they are in character…. and because they are great in their craft, these romcoms were hits.

    • akobatalagaito

      I meant love what they were doing, instead of going. Sorry for the error.

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