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Thursday, March 10, 2011

In a Perfect World, "Senior Year" is a Hit: Movie Review for "Senior Year"

In a perfect world, Jerrold Tarog’s “Senior Year” deserves to get even a quarter of the budget of GMA Films’ “My Valentine Girls” or Star Cinema’s “Ang Tanging Ina Last Na ‘To.”  But this is the Philippines and so it means that anything substantial, even if it is borderline elitist, would have to settle being in the gutter while scum and garbage are in the forefront being deified, emulated and repackaged into glamour, and gasp, with Kris Aquino not far behind.  One of the saddest things that I have witnessed so far this year is watching “Senior Year” with perhaps less than a dozen people in the theater.  Where are the Filipino moviegoers who complain about the lack of good Filipino films in theaters?  Do they know that “Senior Year” is being shown? Maybe no because there’s a long queue of people eager to see Anne Curtis in “Who’s That Girl?” and a man-eating shark in “Shark Attack.”

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