There are just too many things that one can nitpick about Star Cinema's It Takes a Man and a Woman. Much of the story is forced to set the stage for the meeting of Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro, two years after their break-up. The other woman, though played by the stunning Isabel Daza, was given as much character as a cardboard cut-out and was used as a negligible complication. An important speech at the latter part of the film felt oddly out of place and supporting characters that were once charming in the previous instalments just seemed like they were trying too hard, bordering on annoying.
Despite all these, It Takes a Man and a Woman came out pretty decent because of the sheer talent of Irma Adlawan, Al Tantay, John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo. Geronimo especially was at the top of her game, competently juggling her act between comedy and drama as she conveyed raw and almost tangible pain beneath the tough girl facade.
While it may not be apt to put Geronimo in the ranks of Bea Alonzo, Angelica Panganiban and Angel Locsin, I actually believe that this film puts her on a league of her own, ranking just a notch higher than the more popular leading ladies of Star Cinema in terms of versatility.
God forbid that they find another theme song and create a story around it for a fourth sequel, but as it stands, It Takes a Man and a Woman offers a competent finale to the love story that is beloved by millions of Filipinos as evidenced by the amount of money it is raking in at the local box-office.