Enrique Gil and Liza Sorberano are back in My Ex and Whys
My Ex and Whys is a Filipino comedy that revolves around love, cheating and pain. It is a grand gesture to love and why it is always best to take a chance with love – than live a life without it.
The film stars our favourite Pinoy love team Enrique Gil and Liza Sorberano as Gio and Cali respectively; two young lovers who are now separated because of a drunken dalliance.
Cali works at a call centre by day and blogs when she can. Her blog called the theBakitList asks why men cheat on women and why they should never be trusted. FYI, bakit means why in Tagalog.
Gio meanwhile runs a small business but a chance encounter at Blogcon brings the pair together again. Unfortunately, forgiveness is not in Cali’s vocabulary and Gio is not going to let her go that easy creating the ultimate stew of disaster.
The film is filled with laughs and the support cast are as hilarious. However, it takes a deeper; more serious tone into the effects cheating has on an individual.
Cali, whose father cheated and left with a younger woman, has a deep distrust for men in general. That is reinforced when she discovers her then boyfriend Gio cheating (this is debatable).
Gio, on the other hand, lives in a household of men whose daily routine involves dating multiple women and cheating on their significant others. The idea of stepping out of line is something has been reinforced too many times. However, it creates the general impression that he is a cheater especially to anyone who does not know him.
The film also focuses on our need as human beings to forgive. Cali, in her quest to ruin Gio’s reputation causes a rift between their best friend Lee and his girlfriend and when she asks for forgiveness, he asks why he should give her what she cannot give.
This part, for me, is a turning point in Cali’s perspective and I believe in the story. However, there are also some lines in the film that my perverted mind just could not handle.
It is Cali’s dream to stand under Ginko trees in Korea as their leaves fall in autumn. She called it a ‘golden shower’ of Ginko leaves and my mind went right into overdrive. No offense, but type ‘golden shower’ into Google and you will see what I mean. Warning: it’s NSFW.
All the pervasion aside, the film is a funny with a good message to impart. However, it comes in Tagalog with English subtitles which some can find hard to keep up with.