Bagets (film series)

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Bagets is a 1984 two-part Philippine youth-oriented comedy films made by Viva Films about a group of high school teenagers. It was a huge box-office success in Philippine cinema after it was shown and its popularity was proven after teenagers, especially boys started copying the hairstyle and clothing style of the film's lead stars. Its popularity also set the trend for youth oriented movies in Philippine cinema.

Bagets[edit]

Bagets
The Poster of Bagets.jpg
Directed by Maryo J. delos Reyes
Distributed by Viva Films
Release date(s) 1984
Country Philippines Philippines
Language Tagalog

Plot[edit]

The movie focuses on the lives of five young boys - boy next door Adie, "overstaying" Tonton, the geeky Gilbert, the martial arts buff Toffee, and rich guy Arnel - as they try to pass senior year in a different high school (they were kicked out from their previous school). Along the way, they encounter some of the typical adventures and misadventures common to adolescents - young love, family problems, and sexual hijinks.

However, all does not go well, as their separate backgrounds generate problems of their own. Arnel is the only son whose parents want to take over the family business and his mother disapproves of his choice of girlfriend, Janice, who comes from a middle class background. Toffee seeks companionship in Christine, an older flight attendant, because his own mother, an actress, does not attend to his needs. Gilbert lives in a rented apartment where his mother is hard at work as a businesswoman and the father, a policeman, often hangs out at sauna baths when the rent is already months overdue. His situation is also the same as that of Tonton, who has stayed in senior year for four years. Adie's in love with Ivy, a girl next door who's actually married.

Reality hits the gang the hardest when Tonton loses his girlfriend, Rose, in a car accident while drag racing on the same night of the junior-senior prom. As graduation day draws near, it dawns on the gang that they will have to grow up to prepare for life after high school.

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Bagets 2[edit]

Bagets 2
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Directed by Maryo J. delos Reyes
Distributed by Viva Films
Release date(s) 1984
Country Philippines Philippines
Language Tagalog

Plot[edit]

Produced in the same year as Bagets, Bagets 2 is set in the immediate summer after the events of the first movie, and deals with more of the guys' misadventures as they prepare for college. The film mostly deals with their participation in an arts workshop and inter-personal relationships with three new characters - Wally, Gilbert's cousin and a young man forced by his mother to become a priest; Mikee, a TV director's son looking for his big break, and Ponce, an auto expert-cum-dancer. Also included in the mix is Ruth, Tonton & Toffee's balikbayan cousin.

Cast[edit]

Most of the cast from the original movie returned, including the actors who played the lead characters' parents. However, Aga Muhlach (Adie) and Jobelle Salvador (Melissa) did not reprise their roles. According to the Bagets DVD feature "Flashback: The BAGETS Reunion," Muhlach's career was already taking off at the time. Salvador's absence has not been explained[citation needed]. As a result, their circumstances were written in the story - Adie flew off to the United States at the start of the movie, while Melissa went to Davao to join her father.

Bagets 3: The Reunion[edit]

In 2007, Bagets director Maryo J. delos Reyes revealed that Viva Films will be doing a Bagets reunion movie. The original cast of both Bagets films was supposed to star in this installment.[1] The movie had a 2008 production start date.

However, Raymond Lauchengco, one of the original five lead actors, said the film will not be done at all because some members of the cast no longer had the appetite to see it through.[2]

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