She's Dating the Gangster
|She's Dating the Gangster|
Theatrical movie poster
|Directed by||Cathy Garcia-Molina|
|Based on||She's Dating the Gangster|
by Bianca Bernardino
|Music by||Francis S. Concio|
|Edited by||Jojo Racal|
|Distributed by||Star Cinema|
|Box office||₱400 million|
She's Dating the Gangster is a 2014 Philippine coming-of-age romantic comedy drama film based on the best Pop Fiction book of the same name originally published on CandyMag.com's Teen Talk section and it was popularized on Wattpad by Bianca Bernardino (pen name: SGwannaB). The film is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, topbilled by Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, together with an ensemble cast. It was distributed by Star Cinema with co-production of Summit Media and was released on July 16, 2014 in theatres nationwide as part of its 20th anniversary presentation.
The current Kenji Delos Reyes gives a toast for the newly-wed couple, Kirby and Grace. Meanwhile, Kenji's son, Kenneth, kisses one of Grace's bridesmaids at the male's bathroom but Kenneth gets abused by the grandfather of the bridesmaid. At the reception, Kenneth knocks the wedding cake, creating a scene. Kenneth walks out of the hall as Kenji lectures him on his poor behaviour and asks him what will he do with his life. Angrily, Kenneth expresses his hate for his father. Later, Kenneth gets drunk.
The next morning, the housemaid wakes up and tells him that Kenji's plane got into a crash on his way to Legazpi. Kenji rushes to the airport to check on updates about the plane's accident. A girl named Kelay, rushes to the front desk and makes a scene. Reporters come as Kelay claimed that her father was in the plane crash and told the reporters that her father is Kenji Delos Reyes. Kenneth tells the reporters that he is the son and will bring documents to prove his identity. Kelay showed a picture of a young Kenji Delos Reyes and Athena Dizon, his ex-girlfriend. A reporter notices that Kenneth and Kelay look exactly alike Kenji and Athena. Kenneth wants to know more about his father's past and takes Kelay for a bite as she tells him about Kenji's past. Kelay tells Kenneth that the reason she is looking for Kenji is that her aunt, Athena, is dying from a heart condition and wants to die in the Philippines. Kelay wants to reunite Kenji and Athena as her mission before Athena's death.
Kelay tells Kenneth how Kenji and Athena met. A flashback is shown to 1994 at university. A younger Athena is joined by her friend, Sara. A gang of skateboarders (Kirby, Jigs, Grace, Stephen and Mickey) pushed Athena and Sara as they were on their skateboards. A younger Kenji skates and pushes Athena, where her books fell. Athena was furious at Kenji that she threw a book behind his head. Kenneth was very shocked in confusion learning that his father was a gangster.
Kenneth desperately wants to see his father. He takes a bus to Legazpi, but the tickets are sold out.Kenneth sleeps at the station, but is woken up by Kelay, who alarms him that the bus is leaving.
- Daniel Padilla as young Kenji Delos Reyes/Kenneth Delos Reyes
- Kathryn Bernardo as young Athena Dizon/Kelay Dizon
- Sofia Andres as Athena Abigail Tizon-Delos Reyes
- Khalil Ramos as young Lucas Lazaro
- Ian Veneracion as present Lucas Lazaro
- Pamu Pamorada as Sara Jung
- Alexander Diaz as young Jigs
- William Lorenzo as present Jigs
- Ynna Asistio as young Grace Matic
- Yayo Aguila as present Grace Matic
- Igi Boy Flores as young Kirby Araneta
- Niño Muhlach as present Kirby Araneta
- Marco Gumabao as young Stephen
- Ramon Christopher as present Stephen
- John Uy as young Mickey
- Allan Paule as present Mickey
- Eslove Briones as Sara's date
- Joe Vargas as Gang Leader
- Elisse Joson as Mean Girl
- Arnold Reyes as Gerry, Athena's dad
- Alfonso Deza as present Athena's dad
- Niña Dolino as Athena's stepmom
- Chiqui del Carmen as present Athena's stepmom
- Rio Locsin as Abigail's mom
- Kobi Vidanes as Carl
- Justin Gonzales as Nathan
- Julian Estrada as Jet
- Kevin Fowler as Barry
Several actors and actresses also made their cameo appearance in the film–including Karen Reyes as Bridesmaid, Matutina as Nana Buding, Hyubs Azarcon as Truck Driver, Pooh as News Reporter, Jojit Lorenzo and JM De Guzman as Airline Officers, Rayver Cruz, Patrick Sugui, Carl Ravanes, and Rasheed Rivero as the basketball players, Joross Gamboa and Ketchup Eusebio as the Coach, Janus del Prado as the Bus Ticket Vendor, Joem Bascon as hair stylist, Gerry Bricenio as Bus Conductor, and Olivia Cruz as the Doctor.
Due to the film's huge success, it was screened internationally in selected countries like United States, Canada, Australia, and United Arab Emirates. The film grossed $222,000 after 3 days of showing in North America and after 10 days, the cumulative total was $570,000. The total gross, from the 2-week US and 3-week Canada screenings as well as the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore screenings, is yet to be determined.
Philbert Ortiz-Dy of Click the City gave a positive review in the film, stating that She's Dating the Gangster is at its best when it allows kids to be kids. Its portrayal of young, intensely romantic love is really charming, especially placed as it is in this wacky conception of its period setting. He also stated that "The narrative just can't support this pathos. The film begins to apply fantasy logic to really serious topics. [...] This kind of magical thinking just doesn’t mesh well with the real medical terms that the film just trots out."
According to Star Cinema's advertising manager Mico del Rosario, the film gathered ₱15 million (US$340,000) on its first day of showing. The film grossed ₱251 million in the Philippines per the Annual Report filed by ABS-CBN to the SEC. The worldwide box office of the film is at ₱296 million. With total gross $5,837,612 the movie hit No. 8 on the 2014 Philippinese Yearly Box Office.
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- List of Philippine films based on Wattpad stories
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...many are expecting the tandem to break their own box office record of P296 million for She’s Dating the Gangster.
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