Tuesday, June 18, 2019

"Feelennial" Relives The Comedy Icons That Are Aiai Delas Alas and Bayani Agbayani


It has been awhile since I last watched Aiai delas Alas and Bayani Agbayani in a good material that made them the comedy icons that they are today. I watched their recent film and first team-up "Feelennial" with no expectations and I just let the experience carry me wherever it is. It was surprising to note that the film got me to cloud 9 as I had a great laugh on their banters and they have a refreshing chemistry that I did not expect. Special mention to Nar Cabico and Arvic Tan who were really good in the film.
This is a big crowd pleasing comedy that satisfactorily bridged the gap among generations, highlighting trends and languages of the millennials that we unknowingly are truthfully funny. The film is relatable across all ages and is a beautiful distraction to embark on when you're stressed.
Feelennial, a portmanteau of “feeling millennials,” is about middle-aged individuals who feel and act like millennials. They are your adorable titos and titas, who stumble into one misadventure after another as they try to adopt the lifestyle of the younger generation.
Ai-Ai plays the role of Madame Bato-bato, a rich single mom who has everything she needs except the attention of her only son Nico, played by actor-model Arvic Tan. She tries to do the activities that her millennial son is into to gain the latter’s attention. In one of her feelennial activities – online dating, she meets Chito (Bayani’s character), a rich bachelor who recently won a huge sum via lotto jackpot.
Their first encounter doesn’t turn out too well, and what ensues is a flurry of mishaps and misadventures, pitting De las Alas and Agbayani into funny, yet thought-provoking situations on how romance and family dynamic has changed in today’s society.
Both Ai-Ai and Bayani are surrounded at work by a young group of stars and production people, whose millennial habits they have somewhat imbibed as well. These include cast members Nar Cabico as Dua, Ina Feleo as Tahoma, Nicole Donesa as Cambria, Jelai Andres as Aerial,  Nicole Donesa as Cambria, Sofia delas Alas as Sophia, Skelly Skelly as  Dope, Micah Muñoz as Shanty, Arvic Tan as Nico and Raffy Roque as Efril, with special participation of Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, and Paolo Ballesteros.
Both Ai-Ai and Bayani said they find playing their roles in the movie a breeze as they can fully relate to their characters. With four grown-up children, Ai-Ai has always practiced the millennial vibe as she is into #ootd’s, constantly takes selfies and groufies, and regularly uploads these on her social media accounts. Bayani is also a certified “titolennial.” Married for over two decades to his wife Lenlen, he gets his inspiration from their four young millennial daughters.
Directed by one of GMA 7’s resident directors, Rechie del Carmen, Feelennial is produced by Cignal Entertainment,  the original content division of the Philippine’s #1 Pay TV provider, Cignal TV, and Pops Fernandez’s DSL Productions, which marks its first venture into film production after organizing successful concerts for over 30 years.

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