If you’re looking for a movie close to home then you may find “Four Sisters and a Wedding” a fitting piece especially if (1) you come home once in a while for a family member’s wedding, (2) you communicate constantly with your siblings back home (3) or if you work your ass out to send money back.
The movie is a powerhouse of some of the sexiest and most talented actresses in the Philippine movie industry, so that’s a sure ticket to entertainment, but at the heart of this is the Filipino story of daughters going abroad to win the approval of their parents and coming to terms with sometimes ambitious and unforgiving selves.
Four Sisters and a Wedding drew its comedy from Toni Gonzaga’s clownish character, but this is also where most of the unexpected drama in the end comes from: when she had to come to terms that she’s lying to her family, that she really isn’t the successful and educated first born, but a maid in Spain, thanks to the European crisis.
Bea Alonzo’s character is tough, straightforward, and eloquent, being a communications specialist that she is from New York. Truth be told however, you don’t have to come from New York to be that sarcastic, frank, and articulate. We have many of that in the Philippines.
Angel Locsin plays an assistant director in Pinoy indie films, hence the carefree attitude. You’ll just love Angel more as you imagine her the character herself, sincere, hopeless romantic, a little tactless, and effortlessly sexy. Watching her move around the screen laugh and cry is a treat especially if you haven’t seen her on TV (that is because you don’t watch Philippine TV series) for ages.
Lastly, Shaina Magdayao’s teacher character is stuck in New York, Cubao (versus Bea in New York; like Toni in Spain vs Angel in Espana, Manila). If anything, it would’ve been nice for the movie to give the young teacher a most promising story or ending instead of making her look bland, miserable, and left out. It doesn’t paint a good picture of those who chose to stay in the country.
So you see, the movie is a crazy mix of entertainment – somewhat nearing the eccentricity of Korean plots; with gentle reminders of the pains and pleasure of those who left and those who stayed.