‘To Love Some Buddy’ review: It’s harmless to fall in love with your best friend

Jason Paul Laxamana’s To Love Some Buddy posits that it’s harmless to be in love with your best friend.

To Love Some Buddy revolves around best friends, Faith (Maja Salvador) and Julius (Zanjoe Marudo), who chose to give in to love and live with the consequences of choosing to cross the line and risk their friendship. As best friends they are inseparable because they both share the same dreams, same songs genre, and same perceptions in life. They agree with each other and know how to never leave each other’s side. Faith was always the one who runs to Julius every time she has a boy problem even when Julius is busy with other stuff. Since they’re so close, they are inevitably asked by other people if they’re just best friends or more than that. Julius is always the one who frustratingly explains to others that they are just friends—and that’s it. Until one night, he starts seeing Faith in a different way and tries to convince her to start dating. Faith agrees and they decide to become more than just best friends with the hope that their decision will make their bond much stronger.

The movie is for those who took the risk to find answers to the what-ifs beyond the friend-zone. It’s a journey that crosses the line in an enjoyable way. It’s very relatable and somehow very crazy because one can always entertain the thought of romantic love towards a best friend—that it’s possible to try to tell the truth that you are in love. Yes, it’s weird to be in love with a best friend, but it’s all about taking it to the next level while enjoying the relationship. The story tackles everything that usually happens when you are in a kind of relationship that begins wit friendship—the hopes, the flaws, the mistakes. Because what’s more nakakakilig is that when two persons start out as friends and end up being lovers. This movie just makes one laugh out loud, cry out loud, and love out loud.

Director Jason Paul Laxamana gave his best hugot movie yet with a fresh team-up of two of the biggest stars. Maja and Zanjoe really have the chemistry. Also, the romantic connection between them is surprising. They exude more of the friendship feels rather than the typical cheesy feels. The two have long expressed their fervor to work with each other and this indeed is a good material that made that possible.


4 out of 5 stars

Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana. Starring Maja Salvador, Zanjoe Marudo, Donny Pangilinan. Produced by Black Sheep under ABS-CBN Films.

WATCH: Maja Salvador, Paulo Avelino get drunk in love in ‘I’m Drunk, I Love You’

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The official full trailer of “I’m Drunk, I Love You” is finally here! This trailer is a slightly different version from the one that was played in the theaters during the recent Metro Manila Film Festival. This longer version includes more footage and new scenes such as that near-kiss from lead stars Maja Salvador and Paulo Avelino.

“I’m Drunk, I Love You” is directed by JP Habac with a screenplay co-written with Giancarlo Abrahan. The film explores the story of two college best friends who go on one last road trip to settle how they really feel for each other.

It also stars Dominic Roco, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Jim Paredes and Irma Adlawan.

“I’m Drunk, I Love You” is produced by TBA (Tuko Films, Buchi Boy Entertainment, Artikulo Uno Productions). It opens in theaters on February 15, 2017.

Maja Salvador, Paulo Avelino reunite in ‘I’m Drunk, I Love You’

Fans of Maja Salvador and Paulo Avelino were treated to a big surprise with the exclusive first-look of the pair’s much-anticipated upcoming film “I’m Drunk, I Love You.” The two-minute behind-the-scenes teaser video was presented during Salvador’s concert held last week.

It has been more than a year since Avelino and Salvador worked together for an on-screen project. This time, the two reunite in an unlikely love story.

Helmed by JP Habac in his feature-length directorial debut with a screenplay co-written with Giancarlo Abrahan, the film explores the story of two college best friends who go on one last road trip where they settle how they really feel for each other. But unlike most romantic-comedies, the director is quick to point out that this is not your typical love story.

“We have been overexposed with love stories that have convenient happy endings, filled with hope. [But] not all love stories have the ‘meet-cutes’, ‘that pleasant surprises’ [that] await every turn,” Habac shares.

He also added that love, while wondrous, is almost always accompanied by misery. It’s this kind of complex story that Habac feels a lot of people, the youth in particular, who would find the film relatable. His lead stars completely agree.

“When I read the script, I knew I immediately wanted to be part of this. [The story] kasi it’s something new. Lahat ng tao, lahat ng girls, for sure makaka-relate sila dito. Dahil [at some point] I’m sure na experience nila yung na-experience ng character ko,” Salvador says of her role as Carson, a young woman who have been pining for her best friend played by Avelino.

Aside from the film’s intriguing storyline, Salvador and Avelino are excited to share to their followers the different dynamics presented by their characters’ relationship.

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“It’s totally different from our previous project,” Avelino pointed out. “It’s not just a love story, [it’s also about] the companionship of friends.”

“But the chemistry is definitely there,” he shares with a smile. “The kilig moments [are] still going to be there.”

The film is still currently in production, but as early as now, both actors promise their followers a slew of surprises in the next coming months.

Opening on February 15, 2017, “I’m Drunk, I Love You” is produced by TBA (Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Entertainment, Artikulo Uno Productions), the same team behind the critically acclaimed film “Heneral Luna”.