It may not be Christmas today but it’s bound to feel like it at the cinemas as top comedians Vic Sotto and Vice Ganda go head to head at the box office with their respective movies, Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers, and The Super Parental Guardians.
For many years now, it has always been the entries of these comic superstars that competed for the No. 1 spot at the Metro Manila Film Festival. With some years going to Sotto and others to Vice Ganda, their non-inclusion in the finalists for this year’s festival has only made a difference on their show dates from December 25 to November 30.
“Sanay naman kaming magkasabay [we’re used to having the same play dates],” quipped Sotto at the press conference of Enteng Kabisote last week.
Just two days before, Vice Ganda held his own press conference for Super Parental Guardians with Coco Martin, and had thought Sotto’s movie will be shown on a later date. Asked if he will miss competing with Enteng, the comedian laughed good naturedly and admitted he may pine for the thrill of going for No. 1, but quickly added that with the surprising turn of events in the MMFF this year, he has learned to look at the glass half full and relishes the opportunity to start the holidays early along with Sotto and Regal Entertainment’s Mano Po 7: Chinoy.
“Mas mapapahaba namin ang Pasko sa bago naming playdate [Christmas will seem longer with this new playdate],” Vice Ganda declared. “November 30 is a holiday so families will still get to see our movie all together.”
And so without further ado, here’s what’s in store for cinemagoers today:
‘The Super Parental Guardians’
MMFF 2015’s box office tandem, Vice Ganda and Coco Martin, are back on the big screen via Star Cinema’s The Super Parental Guardians. Directed by Joyce Bernal, the film’s lead actors also played a part in developing the story line of this family comedy, which revolves around unlikely “parents.”
Arci (Vice Ganda) gains custody of his best friend’s children just before their mother dies, leaving their uncle Paco (Martin) no choice but to accept the arrangement so he can continue to be present in their lives. As “Momshie” and “Papshie,” Arci and Paco will embark on the craziest and greatest adventure of their lives as they learn to get along and raise a pair of precocious kids.
FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’s popular child actors Awra Briguela and Onyok Pineda play the orphaned children who will show their new parents what it means to love unconditionally.
The Super Parental Guardians also stars Matet de Leon, Assunta De Rossi, Kiray, Pepe Herrera, Joem Bascon, and Kiko Matos, among others.
‘Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers’
It is without question that one of Vic Sotto’s most successful outputs in his durable career is the Enteng Kabisote franchise, which beginning today, will boast a total of 10 installments.
“The last Enteng movie was shown four years ago, and we’re bringing him back to give in to the fans’ clamor,” said the veteran comedian.
Happy to breathe life into his most beloved role, Sotto said this sequel was the hardest and grandest to mount. “People expect that this will be better than the last one, so when I talked to the team, I told them we cannot rely on our old story line and antics anymore. Viewers nowadays look for fresh material, and I’m proud to say that our finished product has that element that will surely delight moviegoers.”
From being a simple “buntingtingero” in the past, the Enteng Kabisote of present day is a robotics and iron works magnate. Still hero of the magical world of Engkantasya at the same time, he will use his skills in the human world and his powers to save mankind from the digital manipulation of a viral game application.
“From the cast to the special effects, I’m sure the audience, including the millenials,” Sotto guaranteed.“The story is very contemporary, and the young ones will relate to many of the scenes.”
Produced by OctoArts Films, APT Entertainment and Sotto’s M-Zet Productions, Enteng Kabisote 10 is co directed by Tony Y. Reyes and Marlon Rivera. A star-studded cast helps Sotto bring Enteng in the new millennium to life in Oyo Boy Sotto, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Bea Binene, Ken Chan, Ryza Cenon, Epi Quizon, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Atak, Cacai Bautista, Simon Loresca, and child wonder Alonzo Muhlach, with the special participation of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza. A surprise also awaits moviegoers with the big reveal on who will play Enteng’s fairy-wife Faye as the film unfolds.