Ai Ai delas Alas starrer ‘Bes and the Beshies’ opens October 18 in cinemas

A friend on Facebook posted that she has watched more Filipino than Hollywood movies in the cinema this year. Judging from her posts, I think that quality has become mainstream in Philippine cinema and it has finally reached its intended audience. Thanks to the standards set by indie films, big studio productions are now coming up with bolder and better offerings than they had in the last few years.

It is interesting to see where this is all headed and a film penned by Ricky Lee, and directed by Joel Lamangan could just offer something that blends formula and marketability with something worthwhile.

A single mom hoping to complete her family. A martyr wife who will do anything to keep her family from falling apart. A mistress who is desperate to have her own family. And a young woman who fully supports them.

Four women facing real life struggles are the focus of a new laugh out loud comedy “Bes and the Beshies” starring box office comedy queen Ai Ai delas Alas with Carmi Martin, Beauty Gonzales and Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla.

The film, which opens on October 18, is a welcome return to form for Ai Ai, who briefly headlined two independently-produced dramas before returning to the comedy genre that defined her storied career as a sought-after box office superstar.

Ai Ai’s plays Charla, hits pretty close to home, as she herself has raised her children on her own for years. But unlike Ina, her most famous role in the “Ang Tanging Ina” film franchise, her portrayal of Charla focuses more on relationship issues rather than maternal concerns.

Although co-star Zsa Zsa Padilla is more identified with dramas, the singer-actress is not exactly new to comedies, having played the title roles in “Zsa Zsa Zaturnah” and “Mano Po 4: Ako Legal Wife” where she won a grand slam Best Actress from three prestigious award giving bodies.

In “Bes and the Beshies,” Zsa Zsa’s performance of traditional martyr wife Mabel is something to watch out for. As seen in the film’s official trailer, she has a remarkable rapport and chemistry with Ai Ai, Carmi and Beauty. 

No stranger to comedies herself, Carmi Martin has made a career out of making people laugh since her acclaimed turn in Ishmael Bernal’s “Working Girls.” Carmi plays Tisay and is a throwback to the mostly ditzy characters she has portrayed for much of her career. 

Since capturing the public’s imagination as one of the well-loved housemates of “Pinoy Big Brother,” Beauty Gonzales has emerged as a versatile actress who is adept at both drama and comedy. 

Although the youngest among the four leads, Beauty has shown that she can shine on her own as Sophie and can complement her more seasoned co-stars.

Furthermore, what makes “Bes and the Beshies” a cut above your average comedy flick is that it is a collaboration between two award-winning filmmakers. 

Joel Lamangan and Ricky Lee may have made a name for themselves with numerous dramatic films but they have in fact, also done their fair share of comedies. 

Lamangan, who directed in “Zsa Zsa Zaturnah” and “Mano Po 4: Ako Legal Wife” has been directing romantic comedies including “Your Place or Mine,” “That Thing Called Tanga Na” and “Foolish Love.”

Lee, arguably the most celebrated screenwriter in Philippine cinema, has also in fact served as script consultant for Ai Ai’s “Ang Tanging Ina” and “Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat.”

With a strong creative team and a cast of talented leads, expect “Bes and the Beshies” to be a comedy that offers more than just escapist entertainment with a story that rings true and tugs at the heartstrings.

A Cineko Productions presentation, the film also stars Emilio Garcia, Sancho Vito Delas Alas, Alan Paule, Nikko Natividad, Jon Lucas, Wilbert Ross, Mark Joseph Tam and Heaven Peralejo. 

The film opens in cinemas nationwide on October 18 and will be distributed by Regal Entertainment.

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