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Review: Cathy Garcia-Molina's SHE'S DATING THE GANGSTER Is More It has to be a happy ending, for the sake of profitable escapism. She's Dating the Gangster is a Filipino teen romantic comedy-drama the story of Athena and Kenji and why they did not end up with each other. She says she is happy that their love for each other somehow made it. Hindi lahat ng stories may HAPPY ENDING, yung tipong THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER, She's Dating The Gangster Addicts shared Kris Amey's photo.
It is the era of paged messages, tie-dyed tees, gaudy bandanas, garish plaids, and denim vests, all of which are remnants of a generation fed with movies and television shows starring Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin.
She's Dating the Gangster is rightfully colorful, evoking every bit of the 90's trademark tack. The tragedy invented by Bernardino has been creatively subdued. Star Cinema undoubtedly protested the grim end of Athena and Kenji, as told by the book.
It has to be a happy ending, for the sake of profitable escapism. Thus, instead of death as the payment for love, Garcia-Molina chose the reality of not being with the one you love, of waiting, of eventually settling.
It is this ending that separates Bernardino's juvenilia and Garcia-Molina's masked maturity, in the midst of studio compromises. There are simply more heartaches more immense than the ones dealt by mortality. The film adaptation of She's Dating the Gangster is a series of risks taken that paid off quite well. It could have been a straight adaptation and it would still have pre-teens bawling because of the tragic ending.
It could have been set in the present with its characters mouthing pop culture references that are hip and relatable to the target audience. It could have been just about Bernardo and Padilla, and not Zulueta and Gomez, whose onscreen love affairs are relics. It could have been just another romantic comedy, the ones that mainstream studios have been churning out for corporate survival ever since the decline of the demand for more serious fare. It's good that it's not. She's Dating the Gangster is not art.
It is still a film designed and crafted for escape, the ones Garcia-Molina, with her knack for fake hairpieces and dreamy fantasies, is so good at making. It is however entertainment that is self-aware.
It knows what it is, what it is not, and where it came from. Kenji asks Kenneth what caused him to feel this way, to which Kenneth replies that he knows his father is in love with a girl other than his mother, Athena. Disappointed, Kenji tells Kenneth that the latter has no idea how much he loves him and his mother.
Kenneth walked out and goes on a drinking spree while Kenji goes on a trip to Bicol.
The morning after drinking, a hungover Kenneth finds out the plane that would take his father to Bicol has crashed. He rushes to the airport to see the list of survivors.
He then meets Kelay who also wants to see the list but Kelay could not pass through so she makes a fake weeping, causing a scene.
Hearing this, Kenneth confronts her and says that he is the only offspring of Kenji. Kelay, on the other hand, shows a picture of a young Kenji with another girl. The people notice that the young Kenji looks like Kenneth, while the girl in the picture looks like Kelay. This caused a ruckus, with members of the media asking if Kelay and Kenneth are siblings. Confirming that the girl on the picture is not his mother and Kelay is not his sister, only Kenneth is asked by the airline officer for his contact details.
Kenneth wanted Kelay to tell him who the girl in the picture is, but Kelay bargains that she would only tell him if he agrees to notify her once the airline contacts Kenneth for information regarding Kenji.
Because all flights to Legazpi are booked, Kenneth decided to travel by bus but all tickets have been sold. He oversleeps while waiting for a new slot so Kelay got the tickets for the two of them.
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Athena, not knowing from whom the messages are from, agrees to meet up with the sender. On a pool hall, Athena and her friend Sarah are keen on playing pool. Kenji arrives and demands that they transfer to another pool table. Moments later, she witnessed Kenji being bullied by a rival group of gangsters. They tease him that "Bee" would not show up.
Hearing this, Athena realizes that the messages were sent by Kenji. After the incident, Kenji found out that he sent the messages mistakenly to Athena Dizon.
He confronts and kisses her forcefully, telling Athena that she will be his girlfriend since she is the reason Kenji got mugged. Athena has to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to get Abi jealous. At first, Athena refuses and Kenji bullies her.
She's Dating The Gangster: 10 Problems Only Kenji And Athena Will Understand
She eventually agreed when Kenji attempts to commit suicide by jumping from the school's rooftop if she did not become his girlfriend.
From then on, Athena was treated like a princess with Kenji providing her bodyguards. Girls in their school start bullying Athena for being Kenji's new girlfriend.