YCML Movie Review

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  • edited 2:04AM
    alam nyo po kanina naisip ko... bakit yung commercial ng YCML wala yung mga reviews... from different people...
    usually kasi pagmaganda ang feedback sinasama nila yun...
    and surprisingly kanina yung isang commercial ng YCML may kasama ng reviews... 2 po ata yun
    isa po dun si Burch Francisco yung nagcomment..yipee
  • edited 2:04AM
    hi ashtin! just so love your kwentos! kakainggit ka coz you were able to watch ycml a lot of times already. im just glad that i was able to watch it already but im still wishing to be able to repeat the experience kahit for the 2nd time lang....

    kanina while watching asap (sorry if OT), i just kinda felt sadness just thinking that today might just be the last day we'll see the YCML lead pair together.....i don't know when i'll get over this...sana soon kse ang hirap...nalulungkot talaga ako.

    anyways, i pray for the best for both of them....

    congrats to YCML cast, and crew especially to john lloyd, sarah and direk cathy!
  • edited 2:04AM
    Wow... napanood na namin finally... the movie deserves to be another blockbuster hit. we are hoping na may part 3 ito... to complete the love story of Laida&Miggy, kailangan wedding na sa part 3, at maraming pwedeng maging possibilities sa story na sure ako na aabangan uli ng mga viewers... Congratz to Sarah and John Lloyd for this great movie!
  • edited March 2009
    wow....

    tnx po sa lahat ng nagshare...

    kainggit kayoooooo

    kelan kaya dito samin...tsk tsk...
  • edited 2:04AM
    Napanood ko na ung movie!!
    atlast!! natuloy din!!!
    [But i feel bad for the ppl hu didnt get seats in the theatre!!]
    [Alot of them sat on the floor or stood up near the entrance]

    OMG!!! where do i start?
    In the begining, wen Laida was intro-ing the past months,
    I jus found the pics so adorable!! especially the photobooth pics!!
    The pics on her table were so cuute!! And the pics on her NEW wall!!

    The wedding scene was my fave scene!! Not really, but it was one of them!!
    The Ending was my over the top fave part!! [mostly cuz of the Bloopers]

    IDK y? but I was so sad in the wedding scene!!
    also with the fountain part!! Where they bumped into each other!!
    "Goodmorning sir" parang depressing!! imagine,
    exBF mo, tatawaging mo na "Sir?" kasi nag break kayo
    So sad, cut me deep dawg!!
  • edited 2:04AM
    d best ang....

    power hug and kiss!!!

    breakdance nya!!!!

    ang bebe ko ringtone!!!

    naiyak ako nung scene nila ni rayver nung binigay ni rayver yung kamay nya..
  • edited 2:04AM
    ano na po kaya status ng YCML today....
    tom po sana nood uli ako with my highschool buds
    pero hindi matutuloy I really need to go to office tom...huhuhu
  • edited 2:04AM
    may question po pala ako...

    yung power kiss po ba is real???
    or nakaharang po yung fingers ni sarah sa lips ni lloydie?
  • edited 2:04AM
    Gandang gabi po!

    Konting kwento lang, nagsimba kami ng kapatid ko kaninang 7 dito sa chapel sa amin. Nung magstart na ung
    homily ni father Ursolino bigalng nabanggit nya na " minsan noong isang linggo,namalayan ko na lang sarili ko
    isang sinehan sa SM NORTH na manood ng SUPER HIT NA MOVIE na (huminto sya,tapos kinakabahan ako sabi ko sa kapatid ko baka YCML) biglang sabi nya" YOU CHANGED MY LIFE". Kung napanood nyo ung AVSL na unang movie nila JLC at Sarah malalaman mo kung gaano kasama ang ugali ni Miggy. (tapos ask nya ung mga tao ano nga name ni John lloyd dun,miggy ba? sagot naman ung mga tao Miggy po. Tapos tuloy ulit sya sa kwento, Sa pelikulang ito makikita mo kung paano BINAGO ni sarah(ano nga name ni sarah, Laida ba? oo naman ung mga tao. (Ako naman tawa ng tawa sa tabi). Tapos tinuloy nya, paano binago ng pagmamahal ni laida ung masamang ugali ni miggy. MAGANDANG PELIKULA MANOOD KAYO,its a DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE. Ask nya ulit sino hindi pa nakakapanood? (taas ung iba tao pero konti lang un, eh puno ung simbahan so ibig sabihin madami nakapanood dito sa lugar namin ng YCML) 20.jpg alt=':20sgClap:' ] Sabi nya manood kayo ung mga hindi pa na-iinlove ma-iinlaove kayo at kikiligin. MAGANDANG PELIKULA. GRABE sa promote si father,sabi ko tuloy sa kapatid ko si father oh nagpopromote. PALAKPAK TENGA KO NUNG NARINIG KO UNG MGA COMMENTS NYA.
    Proud to be a sarah fan kasi alam kong maganda ung movie at pinatunayan yan ng isang PARI. Kinonect kasi nya ung PAGBABAGO NI MIGGY DAHIL SA LOVE NI LAIDA sa GOSPEL (transfiguration) kaya nya nabanggit ung movie,galing no kasi ginamit sa HOMILY ng misa ung YCML.... 20.jpg alt=':20sgClap:' ]

    Sobrang PROUD ako Sa iyo BEBE Ko at sa bumubuo ng YCML.... MABUHAY KAYO.... 14.jpg
  • edited 2:04AM
    racs wrote on Mar 9 2009, 12:22 AM:
    Gandang gabi po!

    Konting kwento lang, nagsimba kami ng kapatid ko kaninang 7 dito sa chapel sa amin. Nung magstart na ung
    homily ni father Ursolino bigalng nabanggit nya na " minsan noong isang linggo,namalayan ko na lang sarili ko
    isang sinehan sa SM NORTH na manood ng SUPER HIT NA MOVIE na (huminto sya,tapos kinakabahan ako sabi ko sa kapatid ko baka YCML) biglang sabi nya" YOU CHANGED MY LIFE". Kung napanood nyo ung AVSL na unang movie nila JLC at Sarah malalaman mo kung gaano kasama ang ugali ni Miggy. (tapos ask nya ung mga tao ano nga name ni John lloyd dun,miggy ba? sagot naman ung mga tao Miggy po. Tapos tuloy ulit sya sa kwento, Sa pelikulang ito makikita mo kung paano BINAGO ni sarah(ano nga name ni sarah, Laida ba? oo naman ung mga tao. (Ako naman tawa ng tawa sa tabi). Tapos tinuloy nya, paano binago ng pagmamahal ni laida ung masamang ugali ni miggy. MAGANDANG PELIKULA MANOOD KAYO,its a DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE. Ask nya ulit sino hindi pa nakakapanood? (taas ung iba tao pero konti lang un, eh puno ung simbahan so ibig sabihin madami nakapanood dito sa lugar namin ng YCML) 20.jpg alt=':20sgClap:' ] Sabi nya manood kayo ung mga hindi pa na-iinlove ma-iinlaove kayo at kikiligin. MAGANDANG PELIKULA. GRABE sa promote si father,sabi ko tuloy sa kapatid ko si father oh nagpopromote. PALAKPAK TENGA KO NUNG NARINIG KO UNG MGA COMMENTS NYA.
    Proud to be a sarah fan kasi alam kong maganda ung movie at pinatunayan yan ng isang PARI. Kinonect kasi nya ung PAGBABAGO NI MIGGY DAHIL SA LOVE NI LAIDA sa GOSPEL (transfiguration) kaya nya nabanggit ung movie,galing no kasi ginamit sa HOMILY ng misa ung YCML.... 20.jpg alt=':20sgClap:' ]

    Sobrang PROUD ako Sa iyo BEBE Ko at sa bumubuo ng YCML.... MABUHAY KAYO.... 14.jpg

    Katuwa naman kwento mo...eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..sana lahat ng Priest katulad nya.......promote nila YCML..dahil dyan father bigyan kita ng POWER HUG!!
  • edited 2:04AM
    OMG!!!napanuod ko na sya last night!!15 kaming sumugod don sa regal village sguare sa sahara!!ahaha!!kasi yung mga pinsan ko na bata na hindi namn nakaka intindi masyado ng tagalog ehhh nagsipanuoran rin!!hindi sya punong puno pero almost puno na rin kase namn mag teten na ng gabi nagstart yung movie!!may mga lolo, lola, at ang daming bata!!

    Super ganda ng movie!!grabe wala akong masabi!!ang galing galing ni sarah umarte..napaka natural at ganun din namn si lloydie!!super duper nakakakilig yung story!!lahat ng scene favorite ko!! tongue.gif alt=':p' ]

    after nung movie..yung mga tao puro "bebe ko" ang mga sinasabi, yung iba namn kumakanta pa ng you changed my life..ang aadik!!at ang pinak a importante lahat kami lumabas ng naka ngiti 21.jpg
  • edited 2:04AM
    aaliyah wrote on Mar 9 2009, 12:42 AM:
    racs wrote on Mar 9 2009, 12:22 AM:
    Gandang gabi po!

    Konting kwento lang, nagsimba kami ng kapatid ko kaninang 7 dito sa chapel sa amin. Nung magstart na ung
    homily ni father Ursolino bigalng nabanggit nya na " minsan noong isang linggo,namalayan ko na lang sarili ko
    isang sinehan sa SM NORTH na manood ng SUPER HIT NA MOVIE na (huminto sya,tapos kinakabahan ako sabi ko sa kapatid ko baka YCML) biglang sabi nya" YOU CHANGED MY LIFE". Kung napanood nyo ung AVSL na unang movie nila JLC at Sarah malalaman mo kung gaano kasama ang ugali ni Miggy. (tapos ask nya ung mga tao ano nga name ni John lloyd dun,miggy ba? sagot naman ung mga tao Miggy po. Tapos tuloy ulit sya sa kwento, Sa pelikulang ito makikita mo kung paano BINAGO ni sarah(ano nga name ni sarah, Laida ba? oo naman ung mga tao. (Ako naman tawa ng tawa sa tabi). Tapos tinuloy nya, paano binago ng pagmamahal ni laida ung masamang ugali ni miggy. MAGANDANG PELIKULA MANOOD KAYO,its a DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE. Ask nya ulit sino hindi pa nakakapanood? (taas ung iba tao pero konti lang un, eh puno ung simbahan so ibig sabihin madami nakapanood dito sa lugar namin ng YCML) 20.jpg alt=':20sgClap:' ] Sabi nya manood kayo ung mga hindi pa na-iinlove ma-iinlaove kayo at kikiligin. MAGANDANG PELIKULA. GRABE sa promote si father,sabi ko tuloy sa kapatid ko si father oh nagpopromote. PALAKPAK TENGA KO NUNG NARINIG KO UNG MGA COMMENTS NYA.
    Proud to be a sarah fan kasi alam kong maganda ung movie at pinatunayan yan ng isang PARI. Kinonect kasi nya ung PAGBABAGO NI MIGGY DAHIL SA LOVE NI LAIDA sa GOSPEL (transfiguration) kaya nya nabanggit ung movie,galing no kasi ginamit sa HOMILY ng misa ung YCML.... 20.jpg alt=':20sgClap:' ]

    Sobrang PROUD ako Sa iyo BEBE Ko at sa bumubuo ng YCML.... MABUHAY KAYO.... 14.jpg

    Katuwa naman kwento mo...eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..sana lahat ng Priest katulad nya.......promote nila YCML..dahil dyan father bigyan kita ng POWER HUG!!


    waaaaah.
    nagpromote si father,, tnx for sharing
  • edited 2:04AM
    ,tnx po for sharin'!!!

    YCML showing na!!!

    yey! nuod po taung lhat!!!


    kung gusto nio po ng copy ng BEBE KO ringtone, you can check this link http://www.symbianize.com/showthread.php?t=102946
    yan po share ko lng..


    _more blessings for ms. sarah geronimo!!!_


    -keepsafe everyone-

    __gb__
  • edited March 2009
    ang saya-saya! nanood uli ako with my friends naman. kinikilig sila, first time nila kasing panoodin ang movie at syempre ako din kinikilig pa rin kahit pang-second time ko na. asual, may hang-over pa ko. hehe. wub2.gif alt=':x' ] wub2.gif alt=':x' ] wub2.gif alt=':x' ]
    natapos na kasi ang final exams kaninang 10am kaya ayon after nun, sugod na kami from school to SM Lipa.
    after naming manood ng movie, nagpunta kaming astroplus at oddyssey, wala pa rin yung You Changed My Life soundtrack, huhu. i want to have it na eh kaso wala pa rin nadating. why kaya? 33.gif
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    ciethea wrote on Mar 8 2009, 09:07 PM:
    I jus found the pics so adorable!! especially the photobooth pics!!
    The pics on her table were so cuute!! And the pics on her NEW wall!!

    makes you wish the DVD is out already so that you could screencap those pics and adore it longer on your pc, huh? laugh.gif
  • edited 2:04AM
    lyn06 wrote on Mar 9 2009, 06:31 AM:
    OMG!!!napanuod ko na sya last night!!15 kaming sumugod don sa regal village sguare sa sahara!!ahaha!!kasi yung mga pinsan ko na bata na hindi namn nakaka intindi masyado ng tagalog ehhh nagsipanuoran rin!!hindi sya punong puno pero almost puno na rin kase namn mag teten na ng gabi nagstart yung movie!!may mga lolo, lola, at ang daming bata!!

    Super ganda ng movie!!grabe wala akong masabi!!ang galing galing ni sarah umarte..napaka natural at ganun din namn si lloydie!!super duper nakakakilig yung story!!lahat ng scene favorite ko!! tongue.gif alt=':p' ]

    after nung movie..yung mga tao puro "bebe ko" ang mga sinasabi, yung iba namn kumakanta pa ng you changed my life..ang aadik!!at ang pinak a importante lahat kami lumabas ng naka ngiti 21.jpg

    buti ka pa lyn, napanood mo na.....ako sa Tues pa at yong 7PM ang kukunin ko.....may
    bisita pa kami dito sa bahay at Mon night pa ang alis nila.
  • edited 2:04AM
    You Changed My Life>>2nd Tuesday

    Now showing in these theaters

    1. Alabang Town Center Cinema 3 Muntinlupa
    2. Ali Mall Cineplex 3 Quezon City
    3. Ayala Center Cebu Cinema 3 Cebu City
    4. Blue Wave Cinema 4 Marikina
    5. Cash & Carry Cinema 2 Makati City
    6. Cinerama Cineword 1 Manila
    7. Eastwood Cinema 3 Quezon City
    8. Festival Cinema 1 Muntinlupa
    9. Festival Cinema 9 Muntinlupa
    10. Gateway Cineplex 3 Quezon City
    11. Gateway Cineplex 7 Quezon City
    12. Glorietta 4 Cinema 1 Makati City
    13. Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 Makati City
    14. Greenbelt Cinema 1 Makati City
    15. Greenhills Cinema 4 San Juan
    16. Market Market Cinema 1 Taguig
    17. Market Place Cinema 2 Mandaluyong City
    18. Metrotown C2000 - 4 Tarlac City
    19. Pedro Gil Cinema 2 Manila
    20. Power Plant Cinema 4 Makati City
    21. Robinsons Angeles Cinema 2 Angeles City
    22. Robinsons Bacolod Cinema 1 Bacolod City
    23. Robinsons Dasmariñas Cinema 4 Dasmariñas
    24. Robinsons Galleria Cinema 5 Pasig City
    25. Robinsons Iloilo Cinema 3 Iloilo City
    26. Robinsons Imus Cinema 5 Imus
    27. Robinsons Lipa Cinema 2 Lipa
    28. Robinsons Metro East Cinema 3 Pasig City
    29. Robinsons Metro East Cinema 7 Pasig City
    30. Robinsons Nova Cinema 8 Quezon City
    31. Robinsons Pioneer Cinema 3 Mandaluyong City
    32. Robinsons Sta. Rosa Cinema 5 Sta. Rosa
    33. Robinsons Starmills Cinema 2 San Fernando
    34. SM Cebu Cinema 7 Cebu City
    35. SM City Bacoor Cinema 4 Bacoor
    36. SM City Baguio Cinema 1 Baguio City
    37. SM City Baguio Cinema 2 Baguio City
    38. SM City Batangas Cinema 1 Batangas
    39. SM City Batangas Cinema 2 Batangas
    40. SM City Bicutan Cinema 2 Parañaque
    41. SM City Cagayan De Oro Cinema 1 Cagayan De Oro
    42. SM City Dasma Cinema 3 Dasmariñas
    43. SM City Davao Cinema 4 Matina
    44. SM City Fairview Cinema 2 Quezon City
    45. SM City Fairview Cinema 8 Quezon City
    46. SM City Lipa Cinema 3 Lipa City
    47. SM City Lipa Cinema 4 Lipa City
    48. SM City Lucena Cinema 3 Lucena
    49. SM City Lucena Cinema 4 Lucena
    50. SM City Manila 4 Manila
    51. SM City Manila 9 Manila
    52. SM City Marikina Cinema 1 Marikina
    53. SM City Marikina Cinema 3 Marikina
    54. SM City Marikina Cinema 4 Marikina
    55. SM City Marilao Cinema 1 Marilao
    56. SM City Marilao Cinema 3 Marilao
    57. SM City Molino Cinema 3 Bacoor
    58. SM City North Edsa Cinema 4 Quezon City
    59. SM City North Edsa Cinema 8 Quezon City
    60. SM City Pampanga Cinema 2 San Fernando
    61. SM City Pampanga Cinema 3 San Fernando
    62. SM Clark Cinema 5 Angeles City
    63. SM Iloilo Cinema 3 Manduriao
    64. SM Iloilo Cinema 4 Manduriao
    65. SM Mall of Asia Cinema 3 Pasay City
    66. SM Megamall Cinema 1 Mandaluyong City
    67. SM Megamall Cinema 9 Mandaluyong City
    68. SM Megamall Cinema 10 Mandaluyong City
    69. SM Muntinlupa Cinema 1 Muntinlupa
    70. SM Muntinlupa Cinema 4 Muntinlupa
    71. SM San Lazaro Cinema 4 Manila
    72. SM San Lazaro Cinema 6 Manila
    73. SM Southmall Cinema 4 Las Piñas City
    74. SM Sta. Mesa Cinema 3 Quezon City
    75. SM Sta. Rosa Cinema 4 Sta. Rosa
    76. SM Sucat Cinema 2 Parañaque
    77. SM Taytay Cinema 1 Tatay
    78. SM Taytay Cinema 3 Tatay
    79. SM Valenzuela Cinema 3 Valenzuela
    80. SM Valenzuela Cinema 4 Valenzuela
    81. Shangri-la Plaza Cinema 2 Mandaluyong City
    82. Sta Lucia East Cinema 1 Cainta
    83. Sta Lucia East Cinema 5 Cainta
    84. Sta Lucia East Cinema 6 Cainta
    85. The Podium Cinema 1 Mandaluyong City
    86. TriNoma Cinema 1 Quezon City
    87. TriNoma Cinema 2 Quezon City
    88. Waltermart Makati C2000 - 4 Makati City
    89. Waltermart North EDSA Cinema 1 Quezon City


    Total # of Cinemas-89 (Yesterday 89)
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    andie_z wrote on Mar 7 2009, 03:09 PM:
    Gummy bears, yum yum, I can eat gummy bears all day.
    Directed by Cathy Garcia-MolinaCast: John Lloyd Cruz, Sarah Geronimo, Rayver Cruz, Mikee Cojuangco


    To show that thin line between love and stupidity is what good romantic comedies are for. But isn’t falling in love subjecting one’s self to stupidity? This dual existence, just to reiterate, of love and stupidity mocks the self-assuring belief that we human beings are the most intelligent creatures here on earth, that we can decide things fairly with our brain, mind over matter, sanity over madness, passion over narrowmindedness, and seeing over blindness, without losing our grasp on the fleetingness of this world, this world that has inflicted us the pain that only experience can give. While A Very Special Love describes love as a cosmic illusion that is still worthy to pursue, You Changed My Life gets pulled by gravity, stays on ground, and personifies love in its irresistible giddiness and intoxicating sweetness. Definitely this is Star Cinema magic at work.

    It takes off from the excess sugar of the first one, picking every bit of sweetness from Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro’s romance, details that cross over the second to remind us of the kilig, the sun dance, the lines from Smokey Mountain’s “Kailan,” which was more cleverly used in the previous, the melting stares, the good-natured raillery, and the smiles of a summer night. The sequel, plot-wise, focuses more on Miggy’s renewed relationship with his family, gaining the trust of his father but still troubled by his brother’s strictness. After the publishing business, he is now assigned as the general manager of their industrial laundry - - common scenario except that it is based in Laguna. That distance, that seemingly unproblematic distance between the two lovers, provides the narrative with a lot of space to roam around, small things that realistically speaking are what makes up a relationship. It sounds like a hollow idea, a simple truth to answer with << there is love in distance! >> but in their world, their rigidly dimensional world which seems to share a reality similar to ours, everything is a matter of time for things to sink in, and for love to come back again.

    As it leans more on Miggy’s pressuring career decisions, now it is up to Laida to freshen things and alleviate the seriousness. Her youthfulness, though sometimes can easily be called dumb and cataractous, keeps us lighthearted; her carefreeness, which, again, puts her intelligent quotient way down, is acutely contagious. We can forgive her as long as she gets her man. Her character completes the main character of this sequel - - that while it is Miggy who provides the story its propelling events it is Laida who really touches us, her unrelenting wistfulness, her closed-mindedness, her kagagahan over Miggy who is handsome but stiff, wealthy but incomplete, romantic but paranoid. Aren’t we all attracted to the imperfect? Those damaged, awkward, and irresistibly attractive people? Oh why God created them.

    Carmi Raymundo has to speed up the story by conveniently showing a photo-montage in the beginning and the necessary A Very Special Love flashback near the end, which is just wise to pump us with strength to hit our seatmates after the kilig overdose. She also adds elements that range from humorous to ridiculous. Some like the be-be ko ringtone and the number of seconds to kiss turn out to be very effective because they are placed well in the narrative, not just mere quirks of their characters. Laida’s wig is by all means irritating and her clothes are inconsistently attention-grabbing. The blabby officemates are still there; one wonders why they are still employed. An additional character, Cristina (Mikee Cojuangco), Art’s ex-girlfiriend, is quite good. When Art tells Miggy “I don’t want you to be like me. I want you to be better than me,” we understand what better means, what better than him requires. Despite Cristina’s utter grace emphasized by her heavenly dimples, it is difficult not to notice her overdone makeup.

    Apparently this is not The Godfather. You need not have to see A Very Special Love to lead your way to You Changed My Life’s story. Strange how an unusual team-up, powered only by kilig, turns out to be the most effective pair in recent years; a complete story is barely necessary. Everything about John Lloyd Cruz is comely, his eyes, his gestures, his foolish dance moves, the priceless expression of jealousy on his face, dang, even his heavy eye bags become his asset. He knows his capabilities; he knows how to make good use of them. His maturity reflects on the character he plays; being the worst person to love multiplies the charm. Sarah Geronimo, on the other hand, is made to fit into the role of Laida Magtalas. She can make a green mango taste so sweet, sometimes even to the point of overdoing it. But there can never be anyone to play it better than her; her mix of fun, irritating mannerisms, and lightheadedness is simply delightful. Together, Cruz and Geronimo signify love at present - - or in present tense? - - changing, developing, faulting, building, their love that can never be done, just what true love is.


    There is some hint of infinite glorifying in this review, especially when the author decides to end it in choosing a scene that exemplifies his bias on characters that think, people who allow time to overcome them, that when Laida speaks to Miggy in the end, realizing things, and tells him that they have their own separate world, own separate lives, own separate things to do singlehandedly, that they are not one, a thought difficult for couples to accept, and as Miggy mocks their previous ending with another kiss, now on the lips but unseen to us, we don’t have to see it anyway, the cliché mystery of it makes it all cloying yet pleasurable, the self-consciousness drowns with luscious remembrance, the formula still works, and yes, oh how sweet it is to be loved by someone, to be in love with someone and nobody else.

    I've read reviews from numerous writers, since you don't serve an employer's interest, like they do, I believe in my heart of hearts, that yours is the best I've read.
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    andie_z wrote on Mar 7 2009, 03&#58;09 PM:
    Gummy bears, yum yum, I can eat gummy bears all day.
    Directed by Cathy Garcia-MolinaCast: John Lloyd Cruz, Sarah Geronimo, Rayver Cruz, Mikee Cojuangco


    To show that thin line between love and stupidity is what good romantic comedies are for. But isn’t falling in love subjecting one’s self to stupidity? This dual existence, just to reiterate, of love and stupidity mocks the self-assuring belief that we human beings are the most intelligent creatures here on earth, that we can decide things fairly with our brain, mind over matter, sanity over madness, passion over narrowmindedness, and seeing over blindness, without losing our grasp on the fleetingness of this world, this world that has inflicted us the pain that only experience can give. While A Very Special Love describes love as a cosmic illusion that is still worthy to pursue, You Changed My Life gets pulled by gravity, stays on ground, and personifies love in its irresistible giddiness and intoxicating sweetness. Definitely this is Star Cinema magic at work.

    It takes off from the excess sugar of the first one, picking every bit of sweetness from Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro’s romance, details that cross over the second to remind us of the kilig, the sun dance, the lines from Smokey Mountain’s “Kailan,” which was more cleverly used in the previous, the melting stares, the good-natured raillery, and the smiles of a summer night. The sequel, plot-wise, focuses more on Miggy’s renewed relationship with his family, gaining the trust of his father but still troubled by his brother’s strictness. After the publishing business, he is now assigned as the general manager of their industrial laundry - - common scenario except that it is based in Laguna. That distance, that seemingly unproblematic distance between the two lovers, provides the narrative with a lot of space to roam around, small things that realistically speaking are what makes up a relationship. It sounds like a hollow idea, a simple truth to answer with << there is love in distance! >> but in their world, their rigidly dimensional world which seems to share a reality similar to ours, everything is a matter of time for things to sink in, and for love to come back again.

    As it leans more on Miggy’s pressuring career decisions, now it is up to Laida to freshen things and alleviate the seriousness. Her youthfulness, though sometimes can easily be called dumb and cataractous, keeps us lighthearted; her carefreeness, which, again, puts her intelligent quotient way down, is acutely contagious. We can forgive her as long as she gets her man. Her character completes the main character of this sequel - - that while it is Miggy who provides the story its propelling events it is Laida who really touches us, her unrelenting wistfulness, her closed-mindedness, her kagagahan over Miggy who is handsome but stiff, wealthy but incomplete, romantic but paranoid. Aren’t we all attracted to the imperfect? Those damaged, awkward, and irresistibly attractive people? Oh why God created them.

    Carmi Raymundo has to speed up the story by conveniently showing a photo-montage in the beginning and the necessary A Very Special Love flashback near the end, which is just wise to pump us with strength to hit our seatmates after the kilig overdose. She also adds elements that range from humorous to ridiculous. Some like the be-be ko ringtone and the number of seconds to kiss turn out to be very effective because they are placed well in the narrative, not just mere quirks of their characters. Laida’s wig is by all means irritating and her clothes are inconsistently attention-grabbing. The blabby officemates are still there; one wonders why they are still employed. An additional character, Cristina (Mikee Cojuangco), Art’s ex-girlfiriend, is quite good. When Art tells Miggy “I don’t want you to be like me. I want you to be better than me,” we understand what better means, what better than him requires. Despite Cristina’s utter grace emphasized by her heavenly dimples, it is difficult not to notice her overdone makeup.

    Apparently this is not The Godfather. You need not have to see A Very Special Love to lead your way to You Changed My Life’s story. Strange how an unusual team-up, powered only by kilig, turns out to be the most effective pair in recent years; a complete story is barely necessary. Everything about John Lloyd Cruz is comely, his eyes, his gestures, his foolish dance moves, the priceless expression of jealousy on his face, dang, even his heavy eye bags become his asset. He knows his capabilities; he knows how to make good use of them. His maturity reflects on the character he plays; being the worst person to love multiplies the charm. Sarah Geronimo, on the other hand, is made to fit into the role of Laida Magtalas. She can make a green mango taste so sweet, sometimes even to the point of overdoing it. But there can never be anyone to play it better than her; her mix of fun, irritating mannerisms, and lightheadedness is simply delightful. Together, Cruz and Geronimo signify love at present - - or in present tense? - - changing, developing, faulting, building, their love that can never be done, just what true love is.


    There is some hint of infinite glorifying in this review, especially when the author decides to end it in choosing a scene that exemplifies his bias on characters that think, people who allow time to overcome them, that when Laida speaks to Miggy in the end, realizing things, and tells him that they have their own separate world, own separate lives, own separate things to do singlehandedly, that they are not one, a thought difficult for couples to accept, and as Miggy mocks their previous ending with another kiss, now on the lips but unseen to us, we don’t have to see it anyway, the cliché mystery of it makes it all cloying yet pleasurable, the self-consciousness drowns with luscious remembrance, the formula still works, and yes, oh how sweet it is to be loved by someone, to be in love with someone and nobody else.

    I've read reviews from numerous writers, since you don't serve an employer's interest, like they do, I believe in my heart of hearts, that yours is the best I've read.
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    Guys, I don't know who to report this, but somebody already uploaded YCML on YouTube - though it's a crappy version. Hopefully, Star Cinema can know bout this and delete the vids.
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