The one where Derek almost died again: Review of No Other Woman

What’s up with Derek? He was killed in almost all his movies. He was almost killed in this one. I pity the guy, honestly.

Anyway…

A very important tip to readers who have yet to watch the movie: DO NOT EXPECT.

That’s the key to enjoying the movie.

There is nothing new to the story. I’m sure you’ve all seen movies tackling adultery. Even its producer Star Cinema has already done a number of movies telling the same thing, the latest being A Love Story starring Aga Muhlach, Maricel Soriano, and Angelica Panganiban.

What No Other Woman best offers is its script. While others may feel like it was too pilit and corny for a movie that was supposedly tackle a serious topic, the script for me worked. In fact, it was the best asset of the film, not including the gorgeous faces of the actors.

It was the memorable and quotable lines that stuck to the minds of the viewers when the trailer was released.  The lines thrown by Cristine and Anne almost always had a subtle and hidden meaning. Here were some of the lines I loved:

  • Cristine: Ano bang mas mahirap kalaban, putang mahirap o putang mayaman? Carmi: Pare-parehong puta lang ‘yun.
  • Cristine: Why don’t you have dinner with us? Pathank-you ko na rin dahil kinuha mo yung asawa ko. Anne: Excuse me? Cristine: Bilang supplier ng furniture sa resort niyo.
  • Cristine: Bikini mo ba yan o balat mo? (pertaining to the snake-skin design of Anne’s bikini)
  • Carmi: Oras na para itago mo na yang Lucy Torres outfit mo. Ilabas mo na si Gretchen Barretto. Ako na ang bahala sa red stiletto mo.
In terms of the acting, I’d say only Anne did a great job. And this is coming from a person who doesn’t like Anne Curtis at all. She was effective as the mistress who at first was willing to fight for the man she loves but surrenders in the end. Portraying a rich girl was effortless for her. Her breakdown scene with Derek was also effective. This movie showcased a wide range of acting skills from Anne. So kudos to her.
Unfortunately, it was not the same case for both Derek and Cristine. Derek’s acting was okay for me. He was still a little stiff at some scenes. He was effective though as the hot sales manager with a body to die for.
Cristine was the biggest disappointment in the movie. Well not really since nobody was expecting for her to give a great performance. She still is a ham actress, for me. It was pity since she was given her own supposedly shining moments in the film. Although I liked her acting during her breakdown scene. But the scene right after that was a complete failure. I blame her lame dubbing.
Carmi Martin’s performance should also be noted because she delivered some of the most funny and memorable lines in the film. She was the only support cast that had bearing and added flavor to the film. The others could just disappear and the movie would still stand.
All in all, it was an enjoyable film and worth your 170 pesos. Given the witty lines and the lovable faces of the actors, who I believe were all perfect choices for their parts. Yes, albeit the acting skills of some. Also, Anne could definitely score a nomination for her performance.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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One thought on “The one where Derek almost died again: Review of No Other Woman

  1. aylablahs October 4, 2011 / 2:37 am

    I agree with you, script nga ang best asset ng film na ‘to. And sulit, if only for Carmi Martin, dalang-dala niya talaga yung role, tawa kami ng tawa when she was in her golden outfit, pwede na siya isangla! HAHAHA.

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