My Thoughts, Exactly. Jessica Zafra Reviews ONE MORE TRY.

Jan 6, 2013 by

For an unsuspecting soul, ONE MORE TRY might appear to be a film to reckon with in the Philippine Cinema. Until the unsuspecting soul realizes something about it because the unsuspecting soul accidentally stumbles upon some reading materials online. Jessica Zafra gives us some wonderful points on this movie.

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The main problem with One More Try is not that it’s an unauthorized remake of the Chinese movie In Love We Trust, but that the filmmakers took the trouble to rip off the entire storyline, only to turn it into the same shrill muddle-headed adultery melodrama Star Cinema has been churning out for years.

In the first place, how hard is it to acknowledge the source in the credits? Would it kill them to say, “Based on the film…” or “Adapted from…”? Surely the most successful studio in the country isn’t so stingy as to wriggle out of paying for the rights, or so stupid as to assume that no one in the Philippines has ever heard of the Chinese movie. (There is this wondrous invention called the Internet. Look it up.) What happened to basic respect among filmmakers – has it vanished along with basic respect for the audience?

And then the jury of the Metro Manila Film Festival gives the Best Screenplay and Best Picture awards to One More Try, which tells us everything we need to know about the festival’s standards. (Speaking of standards, why do we bother to review the festival entries when most of them are rubbish? Because they’re not supposed to be rubbish! Contrary to what you’ve been led to believe, “entertainment” and “commercial appeal” are not synonyms for “garbage”. There are good commercial movies, and there are bad commercial movies. The bad outnumber the good because the studios think the viewers are idiots.)

In the second place, isn’t in-vitro fertilization (IVF) the last resort for couples who can’t get pregnant? Doesn’t it stand to reason that a couple desperate for a child would have a better chance of having a baby through IVF than through natural conception?

But that would render the movie pointless. In One More Try, the ex-lovers Grace (Angel Locsin) and Edward (Dingdong Dantes) have a child with severe aplastic anemia necessitating a bone marrow transplant. As neither parent is a match for the transplant, the doctors urge them to have another child who can be the bone marrow donor (The movie does not go into the rights of the child conceived as an organ factory). Of course there are complications: the father is married to another woman, Jacq (Angelica Panganiban), and the mother has a boyfriend, Tristan (Zanjoe Marudo). The obstetrician (Carmina Villaroel) says the ex-lovers can try IVF, but if that doesn’t work they should just have sex. In fact the only purpose of the blabbermouth obstetrician character is to urge the exes to get it on. Why the cheerleading? Because if the exes don’t have sex, there is no movie.

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