GMA Public Affairs presents new rom-com ‘Owe My Life,’ premiering Feb 15

Kapuso Premier Drama actress Lovi Poe and sought-after Kapuso leading man Benjamin Alves are paired anew in the latest romantic-comedy TV series from GMA Public Affairs. In “Owe My Love,” money cannot buy love but what if romance blooms out of a business deal?

Expect an unexpected love story that will come across two strangers from colliding worlds in the latest offering from the team behind the highly-successful primetime hits, “Naku, Boss Ko!,” “Inday Will Always Love You,” “TODA One I Love,” and “One of the Baes.”

Lovi Poe plays Pacencia “Sensen” Guipit while Benjamin Alves plays Dr. Miguel “Migs” Alcancia. Their characters meet in the crazy world of debt, near-death situations, and much love to family.

According to their character descriptions: “Sensen (Lovi) is a nursing school undergrad, who quits her studies and takes on several jobs to keep her family’s finances afloat. Selfless almost to a fault, she is driven by her positive attitude that with hard work, she will someday reap her much-deserved rewards. Always on the go because opportunities are not to be wasted, she has little time for herself much less for romance.”

On the other hand: “Doc Migs is a heart surgeon at Centimos Medical Hospital. He is also a financial adviser on a online show called “Alcancia ng Bayan.” Migs grew up in a broken family and was raised mostly by his beloved Lolo Badong (Leo Martinez) who taught him the value of hard work and saving money. But now that Lolo Badong suffers from middle-stage dementia, Migs is desperate to delay the effects of the disease and of forever losing his only family.

Fate and a series of unfortunate events – from paying off her father’s gambling losses to shouldering her youngest sibling’s hospital bills – lead Sensen to become financially indebted to Migs. So they forge a deal where Sensen pays off her loan by working as Lolo Badong’s caregiver because for some inexplicable reason, Sensen’s presence delays the symptoms of Lolo Badong’s dementia. It’s not as simple as it seems however because Lolo Badong is convinced that Sensen and Migs are married. To keep his grandfather happy, Migs asks Sensen to keep up the pretense while she works off her debt.”

Prepare to witness how real romance could unfold amidst their pretend marriage! Will their money issues keep them together or will debt tear them apart?

Featured in the series is an incredible roster of supporting cast: Comedy Concert Queen Ai-Ai Delas Alas is Vida Morales, Sensen’s boss-cum-second mother; WinWyn Marquez is Trixie Gibs, the clingy ex-girlfriend of Migs; and Ms. Jackie Lou Blanco is Divina, Migs’ greedy stepmother.

Veteran comedians are more than ready to share their antics with Nova Villa as Mema Eps, Ruby Rodriguez as Nanay Coring, Pekto Nacua as Tatay Oryo, Buboy Villar as Gwaps, and Kiray Celis as Evs.

Also in the cast are Ryan Eigenmann as Doc Coops, Jelai Andres as Jenny Rose Guipit, Jon Gutierrez as Eddie Ganondin, Jason Francisco as Richard Purr, Divine Tetay as Juna, Terry Gian as Judith, and Mahal as Mini Divi.

“Owe My Love” is undert the helm of directors Rember Gelera and Ray Gibraltar, with Volta Delos Santos as the headwriter, based on the original concept from Joseph Conrad Rubio. The production team of GMA Public Affairs is led by Program Managers Rubio and Karen Lumbo, with Executive Producer Lowell Alojado. 

Starting February 15, weekdays nights will be filled with fun and love with “Owe My Love” airing at 9:35 PM on GMA Telebabad.

Catch ‘Owe My Love’ weeknights at 9:35 p.m., beginning February 15 on GMA Telebabad. For viewers abroad, they can catch “Owe My Love” via GMA Pinoy TV.

‘Yesterday’ review: A world without The Beatles

As a charming offbeat romcom that highlights the music of The Beatles, ‘Yesterday’ is easy to let into your heart.

As a Beatles fan myself, I’m inclined to say that any film that features their music is automatically worthy of the admission price. The band rightfully deserves their pedestal in rock n’ roll history – not only because of their cross-generational appeal, but also because of their seminal work that continues to be the musical influence of several artists to date. In many ways, John, Paul, George and Ringo shaped the music industry and its booming celebrity culture. Who knows, maybe without them, Ed Sheeran might be off singing metal tunes instead.

In the alternate reality created by Yesterday – where Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) finds himself as the only person who remembers their songs after a freak accident – nothing much has really changed in the music landscape. Ed Sheeran still has the same hits like “Shape of You” and Coldplay is still best known for their song “Fix You.” To think that The Beatles are way beyond influential, the erasure of their legacy will surely affect the world in more ways than one can imagine. But no, like their song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” la la la la life (apparently) goes on.

Ticket to fame. Himesh Patel plays an accidental superstar in ‘Yesterday.’

Truth is, the film dodges the thought-provoking questions brought by its plot. It’s more committed in delivering its fun and sentimental themes, rather than serving a cause and effect commentary in pop culture history. Well, that’s fine by me. I mainly came here for the sing along, plus it’s not like the film is a dystopian sci-fi anyway – leave it to Black Mirror in figuring out the nitty gritty repercussions of a Beatles-less world. Yesterday turns out to be half the film it’s premise promises to be, but that should not deter you from enjoying it.

And so in his eureka moment – where the camera accelerates to his face with such excitement – struggling musician Jack suddenly realizes the opportunity to build a career for himself. He quickly lists down all the Beatles’ songs to his best recollection and passes them as his own in a local radio shack. Next thing he knows, a captivated Ed Sheeran shows in his doorstep to invite him as his opening act. He also catches the eye of a label executive Debra Hammer (Kate McKinnon) who offers him the “poisoned chalice of fame,” as she would call it. He signs a record contract and boom, instant superstardom follows. Cue in the fans – from adolescent girls to grown up men – who scream his name in adulation. 

Ed Sheeran challenges Jack to a song-writing duel in ‘Yesterday.’

With his stack of ready made hits, Jack is going places. But the question of morality begs as he’s basically a fraud: how long can he “carry that weight?” Yesterday serves as a peek into the life of stardom – the costs of fame and wishful thinking. A sudden chill goes through my body when Jack performs “Help!” with such punkish intensity. I realize that the Beatles has always written this song as a subconscious cry for help.

Yesterday works best as a hilarious piece of entertainment, bolstered by a perpetually confused yet charismatic and musically talented Himesh Patel in his movie debut. All of his performances here are impressively done live and he interprets these classic songs with much sincerity and soul. He shows good comic timing too in the fun sequences like Jack struggling to remember the lyrics for “Eleanor Rigby” and the occasional Google searches as he realizes that the music of The Beatles is not the only thing that’s vanished from the face of the earth.

Himesh Patel performs “Help!” to a sea of adulating fans.

The film also pokes fun in the ails of music industry, best embodied by McKinnon’s obnoxious and opportunistic character. She delivers her ruthless lines with perfect deadpan humor. Sheeran, on the other hand, plays a fictionalized, semi-egotistical version of himself who mines a good laugh from his suggestion to ruin the lyrics of “Hey Jude” to “Hey Dude.”

Yesterday is ultimately a high concept romantic comedy at heart. As Jack rises to fame, he must weigh in the things that really matter to him. That includes his best friend/road manager/ardent cheerleader Ellie (played by the bubbly and ever-radiant Lily James), the girl who believes in him way back when he’s still unpopular. Writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, About Time) easily spins the story into a feel good movie filled with profound messages on the different forms of love and success. The only thing that’s unconvincing here is Lily James being stuck on the friend zone – I mean, really?  Otherwise, Patel and James have a palpable chemistry to keep the love angle going despite the minor plot lapses.

Lily James and Himesh Patel sings “I Want to Hold Your Hand.

Yesterday is a musical fantasy that’s not bothered by the silly nature of its phenomenon. Yet it proves to be largely fun not just because of the goodwill of its soundtrack but also due to the sympathetic rags to riches story that Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) capably directs. Binding its viewers with the universal healing power of music, it makes a touching case about preserving art and that’s something always worth singing about. Oh, I believe in Yesterday.

4 out of 5 stars
Directed by Danny Boyle, ‘Yesterday’ stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, Joel Fry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Alexander Arnold, Sophai Di Martino, Harry Michell, Lamorne Morris and Robert Carlyle. 116 minutes. PG-13.

‘My Letters to Happy’ review: Exquisitely handles a touchy subject

‘My Letters to Happy’ tells a relevant and heartwarming story of lovers trying to overcome their personal flaws outside the relationship.

If you think that My Letters to Happy is just another local love story, brace yourself because it’s not. The romcom theme in it is actually just a facade to a much deeper subject matter. The film mostly veers towards self-discovery in the face of depression and other mental health issues. It poses a question that some people might have asked at their lowest points, “When all is lost and everything just seems hopeless, how do you find the strength to carry on?” It’s a sensitive topic that some directors would not dare mix with romcom elements, as a poor and an offensive execution will surely be met with a heavy backlash. Thankfully, director Pertee Briñas knows how to handle the touchy subject with exquisite sympathy.

My Letters to Happy centers around Albert (TJ Trinidad), a brilliant and passionate man who suddenly loses his drive for work after a series of unfortunate events. His luck changes when he meets Happy (Glaiza De Castro), a random girl that he has been chatting online. Little did he know, meeting her will unexpectedly change his life forever.

The film wonderfully depicts how mental illness affects a person and the people around him/her. The illness is shockingly revealed in the middle part of the film and it throws almost every audience on the edge of their seats after realizing that Happy’s sudden bursts of happiness are all momentary. This part of the story truly changes the phase for the whole film. It’s a bit heavy in emotions yet it’s positively infused with hope to make us realize that love, after all, consists of equal parts of joy and pain.

Glaiza and TJ’s chemistry is relatable, sweet and delightful. Glaiza’s portrayal of her character is really amazing as she’s on the top of her game.  She’s convincing in every spectrum – you can feel her struggles emotionally and physically. TJ on the other hand, fits the role well enough to make us believe that he is a ruthless corporate boss who gradually becomes vulnerable and open to changes in his lifestyle dynamic, including the possibility of loving someone.

Director Pertee Briñas does a remarkable job in telling a powerful story with such awareness towards the sensitive topics of mental health. Despite its cinematography lapses (the distracting camera angles moves a lot), the film does not stop at shallow entertainment brought by a roller coaster ride of emotions. It gives a heartwarming lesson all while juggling an engaging love story.

In effect, My Letters to Happy serves as an uplifting letter to anyone who feels lost and aimlessly wandering for their mark in the world. It also reminds each of us that all struggles eventually come to an end. The film is indeed an honest reflection of our lives. It is daring, unique, and deserving to be seen.

4 out of 5 stars
Directed by Pertee Briñas, ‘My Letters to Happy’ stars Glaiza De Castro, TJ Trinidad, and Alyssa Valdez. 100 minutes. PG-13.

‘Between Maybes’ review: Julia Barretto, Gerald Anderson delight in well-written romcom

In Between Maybes, award-winning writer-director Jason Paul Laxamana takes us to a beautiful getaway with Julia Barretto and Gerald Anderson’s amazing act and chemistry.

Louie Puyat (Gerald Anderson) has been living a solitary life in Saga, Japan until his silence is broken by the arrival of Hazel Ilagan (Julia Barretto), a washed up actress struggling to find redemption in her career. They develop a functional relationship where Louie checks on Hazel during her vacation, while Louie, whose in need of a human connection, finds much joy in her company. Amidst the isolation, these two lost souls find solace in each other – but unbeknownst to them, this brief encounter will change their lives forever.

The trailers piqued a comment on the film’s casting choice – the noticeable age gap between the leads feels like an unexpected pair. But as the film goes on, it defies our preconceived notions as Julia and Gerald pull off fun and excitement: a well-established and convincing chemistry. Shockingly, their tandem gives so much realizations that will hardly cross your mind. Julia shines as she steps up in her acting skills. She masterfully balances joy and despair, showing what a real-life celebrity would look like on and off screen. She was born for the role of Hazel Ilagan. Indeed, her performance made everything look beautiful and sincere.

Julia Barretto in ‘Between Maybes.’

There’s so much to admire in Between Maybes. With its compelling plot and well written screenplay, the film perfectly portrays how a brief getaway can matter to someone as a form of healing. It is a touching exploration of two souls who found each other at the right time. The strength of the film lies in the character development of Hazel and Louie. Hazel starts off as an entitled teenager whose ambitious stage mom pushes her showbiz career to mask her incompetence in academics. Louie, on the other hand, while being polite and quite formal in his demeanor due to being accustomed to the Japanese culture, has his own share of dark past too — secrets that haunt him and would rather not talk about. Though they seem to be the opposite of each other, their relationship eventually evolves into a romantic one, which proves that familiarity breeds contempt. It helps the viewers reflect their attitude towards other people through the peaceful experience of the main characters in Japan.

Gerald Anderson in ‘Between Maybes.’

Between Maybes leaves a sweet taste yet packs a mouthful of emotions to your stomach. With its breathtaking and vivid cinematography set in Saga, Japan, it feels like a treat to witness these characters find comfort in each other during the low points of their lives in a place far from home. It’s a life story that teaches responsibility and loving yourself above anyone else. Hazel’s arc is very relatable – don’t we all sometimes want to get away from the noise of our regular lives and go back to it once we have finally cleared our minds? The film takes us to their pain yet with every mistake and hardship comes the choice to cherish love and learning. The film gives a significant impact to many aspects in one’s life, career, family included. Laxamana’s adept direction and the cast’s reliable acting makes everything a delight to watch. For its somber and dramatic moments, these are further amplified by a good musical arrangement that includes “Mahalaga” by Trisha Denise and Acel’s cover of Rico Blanco’s “Your Universe”. This film surely gives viewers a new hope to never give up on the local industry.

And with its sincerity and bittersweet themes in play, Between Maybes feels like one of Jason Paul Laxamana’s special works, if not the best. It showcases his skill as a storyteller with the help of a balanced and well-written script. Without a doubt, he has continually shown improvement in his craft. Plus, we get to experience the beauty of Japan through this film. I daresay this is yet the best romantic comedy film he has made.

5 out of 5 stars
Directed and written by Jason Paul Laxamana ‘Between Maybes’ stars Gerald Anderson and Julia Barretto.

‘Stranded’ review: Silver lining in hopeless situations

Ice Idanan’s ‘Stranded’ shows how a chance encounter can change your life perspective.

In Stranded, a go-getter delivery boy Spencer (Arjo Atayde) and a workaholic pretty girl Julia (Jessy Mendiola) find themselves stranded inside an office building due to a heavy typhoon. With no one else to keep them company but themselves, the two soon break their pretenses for each other and turn the place into an unlikely safe haven for spontaneous conversations about life and aspirations. With this unexpected intimate setup, attraction is bound to happen between the two.

For a tale of self-realization, Stranded does not only deal with the usual themes of coping from heartbreaks, but rather the more casual and intricate aspects of life. It pushes you beyond your comfort zone by challenging your current ideals of happiness and settling down. By having the characters share each other’s experiences, they come into a realization of what they’re missing out in life. The film has a lot of insights to say for a generation that’s been bogged by the quarter-life crisis, ranging from sound suggestions like breaking away from corporate slavery to the seemingly-irrational ones like pursuing a romantic relationship with a stranger that you just met. It’s an easy-going film that evolves into something personal and pragmatic.

Arjo Atayde and Jessy Mendiola in ‘Stranded’

Atayde and Mendiola spur ‘kilig’ chemistry. Both act natural and cute together, without the need of going over the top to sell the romance situation. Atayde shows his proficiency as an actor by slowly becoming a household name in multiple genres (be it action, drama or comedy) both in big and small screens. His pickup line delivery is believable, making his character a good source of comic relief. Mendiola, on the other hand, continues to break away from her sexy roles, as she starts to cement her spot as one of this generation’s sought-after rom-com leading ladies. She acts with composure and assurance despite having the film’s weight mainly rest upon her shoulders.

While Stranded has its own unique endearing qualities, there are some shortcomings that are needed to be addressed here. At times, the film suffers from its slow pacing and lack of effective background music to enhance the emotions portrayed on screen. It needs more time to breathe in setting the tone and mood, whether it’s cheerful or melancholic, or hopeful or heartbreaking. With a run time of only 89 minutes it feels like it needed more visual and emotional tenderness for it to build up its third act more genuinely. The second half, in particular, feels hasty and we could not feel any connection with its outcome. Thankfully, the viewers would not feel too overwhelmed and drowned by the unnecessarily excessive emotions thrown in its final moments. Still, the film makes you pay more attention to its deeper and more substantial lessons.

Writer-director Ice Idanan creatively subverts our expectations for the rom-com genre by not only giving the standard kilig beats. Stranded works its charm as a romantic comedy film but its story gives us something that we could apply to ourselves. It’s a fun and refreshing feel-good film for the summer season.

3 out of 5 stars
Directed by Ice Idanan and written by Easy Ferrer and Jeps Gallon, ‘Stranded’ stars Arjo Atayde, Jessy Mendiola, Gretchen Ho, Miggy Marty, and Mich Liggayu. 89 minutes.

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ review: Half-hearted satirical romcom

Isn’t It Romantic embraces too much of its satirical elements that it becomes the very thing that it’s trying to avoid.

Presented as a satirical take to romcoms, Isn’t It Romantic is supposed to mock the conventions of its genre as meta as it can. In its center is a cynical architect Natalie (Rebel Wilson) who accidentally slams her head against a subway pillar, thereby causing her consciousness to drift into an alternate ‘romcom-functioning’ New York. The said dream sequence is almost worth the whole film’s length so needless to say, boundless tropes will be ticked off. Magazine spread locations? Check. An absurd meet cute? Check. A “CW hot” leading man who uses the word “beguiling” as an endearing description? An omnipresent gay sidekick who gives sound love advices? And finally, a modest and sweet officemate who’s on the verge of being friendzoned? Triple check to those.

And before we forget, like most romcoms, this film needs to be wholesome at a PG-13 level. Hence, expletives are continuously bleeped by the sound of a passing truck and all sexual acts are given the ‘fade-out’ treatment. Cue in the opening intro to Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles,” our protagonist Natalie is perfectly strapped to her journey to ‘happily ever after.’

L-R: Liam Hemsworth (Blake), Rebel Wilson (Natalie) and Adam DeVine (Josh) in ‘Isn’t It Romantic’

This won’t be the first time where director Straus-Schulson skewers the tired tropes of a certain genre – he first did it in horror back in 2015’s The Final Girls. Isn’t It Romantic, however, is busy on pointing out everything that it’s not trying to be, that it consequently falls into the trap of becoming a standard romcom itself. The plot sags with reinforced cliches and the emotional depth feels like it’s stuck on a surface-level. Hence, comes the disappointment that it’s clearly not as clever as it thinks it is. To be fair, I’m not expecting for a groundbreaking work after seeing the trailer – the film, yet could have sustained its gimmick by opting for a more subversive path, say in a Deadpool kind of way.

As the film commits the crime of becoming the exact thing that it’s supposed to make fun of, the rest of the proceedings becomes painfully predictable. By now, it should not be a surprise if it all boils down to a last-minute dash to the altar and an unabashed yet exuberant musical number. It’s a shame because the script does not shape up to the potential of its protagonist – romcoms rarely have a plus-sized woman for its lead. Wilson charges on the role with reliable comic presence particularly when it comes to her deadpan irony and her penchant for physical comedy. She also has an amazing rapport with fellow Pitch Perfect alum Adam DeVine who’s at his most charming self. Elsewhere, it never hurts to see Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra taking a jab at improv comedy.

L-R: DeVine, Wilson and Priyanka Chopra (Isabella) in ‘Isn’t It Romantic’

As a romcom deconstruction piece, Isn’t It Romantic mostly parodies the obvious tropes that viewers are already accustomed to decades ago. To its credit, the film does not completely stop at self-awareness. It challenges the regressive thinking and toxic fantasies associated with traditional romcoms by dishing out messages on self-worth, regardless how lacking the film’s buildup is.

As a full-fledged romcom – which is actually what it is – the film is quite harmless yet forgettable. It tries to be above several classics by overtly referencing them throughout (Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, 13 Going on 30), but in reality, the margin is not really wide enough.

2.5 out of 5 stars
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson and written by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox and Katie Silberman, ‘Isn’t It Romantic‘ stars Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin and Brandon Scott Jones. Run time: 89 minutes.

‘Little Italy’ review: More like cheesecake than pizza

The clichéd poster of Donald Petrie’s ‘Little Italy’ is already an indication of the cheesy tropes that will be served throughout the film.

There’s no secret recipe in Little Italy. It’s one of those whimsical romcoms trying to make a comeback in Hollywood using a classic formula. You can easily compare it to the far superior Crazy Rich Asians – another romcom that banks on food and culture, except the latter has more heart and context, rather than just being an assembly of overdue tropes and saccharine dialogue.

“There’s a reason they call this place ‘Little Italy,’ it’s because nothing ever changes here,” we hear the voices of Nikki (Emma Roberts) and Leo (Hayden Christensen) narrating their fairytale childhood – or what could have been a snide remark to the film’s non-progressive take of the genre. The story takes place in a small town in Toronto where all the elements surrounding it are so caricature, the whole place might as well be fictional. To get the most out of it, you’ll have to surrender to its escapist charms.

The childhood sweethearts haven’t seen each other for many years, but the two will have to navigate a slow reunion/courtship as they’re caught in the middle of a ludicrous food feud between their respective fathers Sal (Adam Ferrara) and Vince (Gary Basaraba), both of whom are claiming to have the best pizzeria in town. There’s a “Romeo and Juliet” template here. The two discreetly rekindle their relationship by doing some bazaar shopping and candle-lit dinners, trying out new spices for Leo’s dream restaurant, playing soccer in the middle of a rain, and all that romantic stuff. While here I am, wondering how wide is the age gap between these two actors.

Hayden Christensen and Emma Roberts in ‘Little Italy.’ Photo via Entertainment One,

Never mind that Leo has a girlfriend – the film seems to have forgotten that little detail along the way. If the two star-crossed lovers admit to their dads how they really feel for each other, then maybe they can end this senseless family conflict. But Nikki has already made a career in the city and she can only stay for so long. With a film that’s so formulaic and predictable, it should not be a surprise to you that it all boils down to a last minute profession of love in an airport.

To compensate for an uncompelling central love plot, the film entertains you with two outlandish families pulling hijinks at each other – the results can be a hit or a miss. The two dads have a weekly insult contest while their wives try to get a hold of them. Their secretly in love grandparents engage in millennial activities. And as for the exotic spices, we also have Indians playing stereotypes (cue in the curry references), and a wacky Chinese best friend who seems to be having the most fun here.

Little Italy is clearly stuck in the ranks of early 2000 romcoms – it jams most of its clichéd ingredients in the oven and simultaneously fails to make something fresh out of it. The resulting chemistry between Roberts and Christensen is no fine dining material, but rather an afternoon snack that will otherwise satiate the tastes of hopeless romantics looking for schmaltzy fun. If you’re a sucker for these types of films, feel free to knock yourself out. As far as I’m concerned, this is just reheated pizza.

On a different note, the pizza that I’m eating during this film’s advance screening (courtesy of “Big Guys Pizza”) has more of the sumptuous “yum” that I’m looking for.

2.5 out of 5 stars

Directed by Donald Petrie and written by Steve Galluccio and Vinay Virmani, ‘Little Italy’ stars Emma Roberts, Hayden Christensen, Alyssa Milano, Adam Ferrara, Gary Basaraba, Linda Kash, Andrew Phung, Cristina Rosato, Danny Aiello, Andrea Martin and Jane Seymour
Run time: 102 minutes

Romantic comedy ‘My New Sassy Girl’ awaits funny misadventures

From the surprise romantic blockbuster South Korean film “My Sassy Girl,” the comical and lovable Cha-tae Hyun is back in his latest romantic misadventures in “My New Sassy Girl.”

Following the sincere, funny and hapless Gyun-Woo (Cha-tae Hyun), he is now married in “My New Sassy Girl” to his childhood sweetheart played by Victoria Song. In the movie, Gyun-woo is trying to mend his broken heart after being separated from his love at the end of the first film. He then finds himself reunited with his childhood sweetheart while mending his broken heart. In no time, Gyun-woo falls in love once again, marries her and goes through a honeymoon which no man would ever dream of.

“My New Sassy Girl” will open in local cinemas on June 1, 2016 from Pioneer Films.

Plus-sized woman finds ‘Relative Happiness’ in new romantic comedy

Plus–sized and 30 years old, Lexie Ivy is a feisty bed & breakfast owner who desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. In small town Nova Scotia, that’s no easy task, especially when the most eligible bachelor is Joss, the rough handyman fixing her roof. When Adrian, a handsome and charming guest, arrives and seems to take an interest in Lexie, she thinks all her problems are solved. But she misreads the situation and is soon reeling, believing her romantic dream has slipped away, maybe forever. Lexie then needs to open her heart and eyes to see that love may be a lot closer than she thought.

Every bit as feisty as Lexie herself, Relative Happiness is a romantic comedy starring Australian actress, Melissa Bergland, in a breakout role. The story is based on the best-selling novel by Lesley Crewe. It also stars Aaron Poole and Johnathan Sousa. Direction is by Deanne Foley and screenplay by the team of Lesley Crewe, Deanne Foley, Iain Macleod, and Sherry White.

Relative Happiness opens December 9, 2015 in Philippine cinemas nationwide as distributed by Solar Picture.

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