a romantic drama directed by Laurice Guillen, starring Gabby Concepcion as an established doctor who falls for a younger woman played by Angelica Panganiban. Gabby’s daughter (Kim Chiu) doesn’t like her dad’s girlfriend and when she brings home a new guy (Angelica’s real life boyfriend Derek Ramsay) it turns out that he is the ex boyfriend of Angelica. Basically, it’s a love square. Gabby loves Angelica, who loves Gabby too but may also still be in love with Derek, who pretends to be interested in Kim to get to Angelica.
The good news is that it’s not all that bad. Angelica Panganiban can cry on cue and she is surprisingly easy to watch. Her chemistry with Derek Ramsay is palpable on screen, it’s too bad that her scenes with Gabby feel strained and wooden. Kim Chiu is a revelation—she’s gorgeous and vulnerable, perfectly cast as the shallow and spoiled daughter who only wants her father’s attention.
And Gabby Concepcion? He’s actually a better actor now—still good looking but with a bit more emotional depth that speaks of maturity and life experience. He will never be a character actor but at least now he’s more than a matinee idol from the ’80s. And KC’s dad.
Some bright spots: aside from Kim Chiu’s delicate porcelain beauty, I Love You Goodbye has a great supporting cast. There’s Ketchup Eusebio who I think could be the new Dolphy, Matet de Leon who is typecast as the plain best friend but provides a warm and authentic character for the movie, Liza Lorena looking fabulous in a purple muumuu as Gabby’s rich and snobbish mother, and the lovely Angel Aquino almost playing herself as the kind, beautiful, sophisticated, and intelligent ex-wife.
My essential problem with I Love You Goodbye—aside from the overly florid musical score that made me want to tear my hair out and an unfocused camera—is that it struck no emotional chords with me. Not a single kilig moment. Not a single tear. Call me jaded—you won’t be the first—but that’s the truth.
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