Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban both deliver totally swashbuckling performances in their latest movie entitled “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes”.
Judy Ann Santos played the role of Lianne, an accomplished cosmetic surgeon who has no idea her husband, Gary Reyes played by Joross Gamboa is a closet queen. The same goes with Angelica Panganiban played the role as Cindy, the wife of Felix Reyes played by JC De Vera, who has a very controlling and domineering mother in the person of Carmi Martin.
So imagine how shocked they are when they discover that their husbands are having a very gay affair. At first, they feel very hurt after being deceived by this unusual case of marital infidelity. They think of getting even, of revenge. They suffered, so it’s only fair that their erring husbands should suffer, too. Their efforts to spy on their husbands and prevent the same sex wedding they’re having in Taiwan are absolutely hilarious, with the help of Nico Antonio as Steve, a well-endowed macho dancer whose help they sought to seduce their husbands and break them apart.
The film is initially treated as a comedy, which is not conventional for a movie about infidelity. “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” takes a different route from Brocka’s “Tubog sa Ginto” which is also about a wife who discovers her husband is a homosexual. The movie is dramatic as it touches on serious issues about love, forgiveness and acceptance. It works because everyone in the ensemble cast performs marvelously. Judy Ann Santos shows her versatility delivering all her comic punch lines and even all her cuss words with rib-tickling precision. And when she goes to drama, with her tears just flowing down effortlessly, she’s faultless. She has so many great scenes here, dramatic ones with Joross, with their daughter Andrea Brillantes and her comic ones with Angelica, who’s also does great as the secretary who marries her boss’ son without knowing he’s hetero-flexible (the word of writer-director Jun Lana, not ours.) Angelica is so effective even in scenes that would seem potentially ludicrous, like her scenes with a talking cat!
Great support is given by Joross and JC as the husbands, Carmi as the meddlesome mother in law, Quark Henares as a private detective who’s oh so obviously also in the closet, and Gladys Reyes, Cai Cortez, Wilma Doesn’t as Juday’s supportive presents. The film has many laugh-out-loud moments that send everyone inside the theatre going on an unabashed laugh trip from beginning to end. But in the end, after all the hurt and tears, all the pain and anger, the film’s true message is that love still conquers all. And we don’t mean just romantic love but love for another coupled with lots and lots of understanding and compassion.
During the premiere night of the comedy film “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” the stars Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban looked fierce in matching red dresses . The leading ladies took turns on the red carpet at SM Megamall in Ortigas, along with their co-stars JC de Vera and Joross Gamboa, and the film’s director Jun Robles Lana. Fans at the venue had plenty of stars to meet in person, including Kapamilya actresses Kim Chiu and Bela Padilla, both close friends of Panganiban; and actor-host Ryan Agoncillo, Santos’ husband. Also seen walking the red carpet were Andrea Brillantes, Carmi Martin, Pooh, Dominic Roque, Ylona Garcia, Nico Antonio, Nadia Montenegro, Ynna Asistio, Edgar Allan Guzman, Luis Alandy, Sunshine Garcia, Alex Castro, Empoy Marquez and Marco Alcaraz.
After the premiere night and nationwide release the comedy film "Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes", which was the revenge comedy of Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban, has been earning raves. On the social media world just like Twitter, critics and viewers alike have poured praises on the Star Cinema co-production directed by Jun Robles Lana, who directed the successful movie Die Beautiful. The comedy movie "Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes" echoed earlier a grade of "Grade A" given by the Cinema Evaluation Board. The widely circulated trailer of the film shows the titular women as spiteful and bent on revenge, but director Lana has emphasized that "Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes" puts at the forefront "love, compassion, understanding, and an attempt to embrace diversity in all its forms." This message was not lost on those who have already watched the movie, as they praised not only the comedic moments, but the heartfelt lessons by the story's end.
Here's what critics and audiences are saying about "Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes": according to @philbertdy he says “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes ('18 Jun Lana): A thoroughly entertaining yet very thoughtful dissection of a very modern dilemma, Great stuff. Another statement from @EmilHofilena which says “I'll say more about it later, but Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes is shockingly good. Might be the most progressive local production from a major studio. Amazing LGBT representation, and very thorough in exploring the conflicts that arise in our conservative, intolerant society, Ganda.” Another is from Miracel Juanta@MiracelJuanta it says “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes should have been shown during MMFF. It proves that you don't have to choose between quality and commercial viability. Angelica Panganiban is becoming my fave comedy actress. Like Die Beautiful, it portrays gay people minus the tackiness.” Here is also from Leo Kevin Mendiola@ohohleo_PH he says “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes is the most gender sensitive Filipino film I watched so far. Good job!” This one is from Karly Rae Minogue@karlvirginboi it says “GUYS! Go watch Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes. Saw it last night and i've never laughed so hard inside the cinema. Great movie on LGBTQ & relationships.” This message from the actress Catherine Bautista@kakaibautista, she says “Napakahusay ng kabuuan!!!! Congratulations @OfficialJuday @ImAngelicaP GRABE ANG GARA!!!! Sobrang eto yung iniisip ko padin hanggang sa pag uwe kung saan nanggagaling ang husay nyo. Ganda ng screenplay. Di ako makagetover.@StarCinema @micodelrosario.” She added “Galing Galing ng #DalawangMrsReyes ang husay ng kwento!! Iba talaga ang Pelikula kapag may laman. Hindi pushy ang pagpapatawa at pagpapaiyak. Gusto kong maniwala uli sa tunay KALIDAD ng isang Pelikula. BRAVO!!! @StarCinema @micodelrosario.” This one is from Tin@tinyapyuco, she says “Share ko lang. Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes made me laugh and cry at the cinema yesterday. It made ma laugh for the two Mrs Reyes who bonded together in the effort to know why their husbands left them for each other.” Another from Perci Intalan@percinotpercy which says “Hilarious and Funny! Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes.. pushes boundaries to truly comedic effect and anchors its laughs in compelling characters brought to life by the brilliant performance of Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban. Truly a well written laugh out loud film." From Jonell Estillore@contracinema that says “ANG DALAWANG MRS. REYES (2018) Brilliant storytelling with much attention to timing makes this a powerful yet entertaining reflection of reality. Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban are lovely to watch in between comedy and drama. Writer-director Jun Lana nailed it yet again!” From Armie Cavill@CavillArmie which says “TODO TAWA AT IYAK ang effect sakin ng ANG DALAWANG MRS REYES!” This one is from Gel @_helenaelise which says “Ganda ng Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes lol the movie was so funny and tagossssss hahahaha. It's a must watch para sa mga niloko, nanloko, nasaktan at nanakit gusto ko panoorin ulit.” This is from Ebor ©@eborcandelaria, he says “Hahaha didn't expect na super funny ng Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes! Super feel-good movie. Sasampalin ka ng katotohanan na ganun na ang ganap these days. (pls watch para magets nyo ako hehe) Mabuhay ang mga bakla ng taon! Most of all, the importance of FORGIVENESS.” This is from Adrian Pascual@adrianrey07 that says “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes. Mula umpisa hanggang dulo nakakatawa talaga. Yet natackle nila yung mga problems na we encounter on ourselves and in our relationships.” This is from Jam Morales@moralesjammmy that says “Ang ganda ng Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes. Iyak tawa ako jusko. Pucha, sinabi ng bear yun?" Tawang tawa ako sa part nato sorrryyyyyyy :((((“ This is from @warypib which says “Laughtrip ng Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes. Ganitong movie deserve panoorin sa opening day. Nakakawala ng stress! Juday was surprisingly great sa comedy. Yung pool scene, ung naka-anesthesia sya, ung kay Pooh, dami pa. Hahaha. #AngDalawangMrsReyesBUKINGANna #AngDalawangMrsReyes” Another from Drew@drewtabajonda that says “Hindi ako mapapahiyang i-recommend sa lahat na panuorin ang #AngDalawangMrsReyes. Promise sobrang ganda ng movie nila Judy Ann Santos at Angelica Panganiban. Sa mahal ng ticket sa mga sinehan ngayon deserved natin ang ganito kagandang pelikula.”