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REVIEW: No Other Woman

*spoiler alert!  

The moment I saw the trailer, I told myself, "I wanna watch this movie..". Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Kara (Anne Curtis) nor a Charmaine (Christine Reyes), and not, definitely, a Ram (Derek Ramsay). But I believe there will be a lot of people who will be kindled to watch "No Other Woman".


The story is mainly about an almost perfect husband and wife living a wealthy life. The guy was tempted to another girl, and the wife soon discovered. Seems to be a typical infidelity story, but what may have made this movie unique is that it has its own characteristic. I find the first half of the movie very engrossing as it builds the conflict while throwing well versed dialogues from character to character. I'm sure the lines would be the selling point of the movie. Here are some of my favorites:

"I don’t need to read your research report. I know the market because I AM the market!" ~Kara, as she establishes her "alta" aura in the movie
“Ang mundo ay isang malaking Quiapo, maraming snatcher, maagawan ka, lumaban ka!" ~Charmaine's Mom, cause mothers know best!
"Naku. Ganyan talaga kapag galing sa makating dikya, nagmamarka." ~Charmaine's Mom, more compelling if you have seen the full context; now dikya has a new meaning
"Naku. Huwag na. Baka makita mo pang nilalagyan ko ng lason ang pagkain mo... Joke lang. Medyo off yung humor ko lately." ~Charmaine, was really waiting how she'll segue the conversation, and there you go!
"Mababaliw siguro ako kapag nalaman kong may babae siya. Baka mapatay ko iyong kabit. Silang dalawa, actually." ~Charmaine, on being a "fierce" wife
"Ano bang mas madaling kalaban, yung p*tang mahirap o yung p*tang mayaman?" ~Charmaine
“Pareparehong puta lang 'yon! Yung putang mayaman, orginal ang Hermes. Yung putang mahirap, binili sa Greenhills." ~Charmaine's Mom, couldn't agree more!
"Panahon na para i-pack-up ‘yang si Lucy Torres mo. Ilabas mo na diyan si Gretchen Barretto. Sabi nga niya sa Magkaribal, ‘You want war? I’ll give you war.’ Anak, ako na ang bahala sa red stilettos mo!" ~Charmaine's Mom, indeed supporting

    Kara, being a classy liberated heiress, is not your ordinary "mistress". She did not even plan to be one, as quoted, "I’m not a mistress. I never was and I never will be one". She just wanted to have some fun, like what she was doing before, not until she broke her own words when she fell in love with the married man, Ram. Charmaine, on the other hand, is a simple almost-ideal wife who unleashed her ferocity over a battlefield for love. The movie shows that it is not unlikely nor unusual. And it is in fact happening, even to those who never thought it would. It just shows how crazy people can get, how far one can reach, and how bizarre a person can transform for the sake of love.

    We were also shown a notion of relationships founded in love, temptation or obsession. And as what is expected, love prevails.

    I find that the movie slowly loses its appeal on the second half where there are cliches and of course, the easiest way to resolve conflicts in stories -- after an accident. There were other conflicts introduced at the start of the movie such as the dying grandfather and Ram's dad, and Charmaine's dad and its relationship with Ram, but were not addressed in the end. Well for me, it doesn't really matter as resolving all the issues and an every-body-happy ending would then be another cliche. 

    *The Cast*

    Anne Curtis established the experimental sossy glam image, which was completely shaken off near ending. It was another opportunity for her to expose her body in a non-sexy film. Derek Ramsay was Derek Ramsay, and I cannot say much. Christine Reyes, on the other hand, possesses the pretty face enough to draw a perfect wife idea, and an inborn character fitted for the "maldita" image she has become. No extraordinary actings for the three main casts (there were also times that I feel they were short on emotions). But someone worth mentioning is Carmi Martin and her soon-will-be-trending lines and delivery in the movie.