Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy (stylized as GBBT) is VIVA Entertainment and Star Cinema’s entry to the annual Metro Manila Film Festival topbilled by Vice Ganda (playing the title role/s), Maricel Soriano, Joey Marquez and Ruffa Guttierez and directed by Wenn V. Deramas
In the movie, Pia (played by the Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano) gives birth to a quadruplets in a mental institution thanks to her husband’s (Joey Marquez) domineering mother (played by Joy Viado). Marquez soon leaves to work in the US leaving Pia and the Quadruplets behind. His mother then conspires with her househelps to kidnap and bring two of the kids with her leaving Pia with Mark (the Bakla character) and Panying (the Tomboy).
Mark grows up harboring ill-feelings toward his two other siblings, Girlie (the Girl) and Peter (the Boy) believing that they had it good in the US while he and Panying had to literally break their back working in the farm. The conflict begins when Peter gets sick with Hepa C and needs a suitable liver donor with Mark as the only compatible person. Marquez decides to go back to the Philippines with Girlie and Peter hoping to find Pia and the other kids so he could get Mark to agree to donating his liver. He also hopes to have Pia sign the divorce papers with his new girlfriend (Ruffa Gutierrez) pressuring him.
The quadruplets meet each other and Mark grudgingly agrees to donate part of his but not before Girlie gets to experience the hardships he had to endure growing up. Girlie agrees to work on the farm so Peter can have the liver operation but swears to get even setting up the gist of the movie.
Vice Ganda delivers a passable performance with Panying and Peter but shines with Girlie and Mark. His trademark “sarcasm” peppers the movie and never fails to elicit bouts of laughter all throughout the film. Unfortunately, if you’ve watched his other films (Petrang Kabayo, Praybeyt Benjamin, and Sisterakas), you’d leave the cinema wanting. Vice Ganda did not bring anything new to movie. This is not entirely his fault as he has very little to work on to start with. His confrontation scene with Maricel Soriano in the hospital is worth mentioning as he successfully made us feel the pain of being left behind and having to work his ass off. B-
Maricel Soriano proves once again why she is the country’s Diamond Star. Her scenes at the beginning of the movie after losing her two kids was touchingly human. In less than 5 minutes, Maricel triumphantly makes the audience feel her anguish at losing her two of her beloved babies. Her dramatic highlights gave the film its heart. Her MMFF 2013 Best Actress win is truly well-deserved more so because she, like Vice Ganda had very little to work on too. A-
Overall, Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy is worth its ticket price. If you’re looking for a movie that can make you laugh, cry, and then laugh some more, the movie can definitely give you that. Catch Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy in cinemas near you today.