These 5 Local Indie Comedy Movies Break Away From The Cliche Pinoy Slapstick Comedy

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED September 28, 2018 10:34 am | UPDATED September 28, 2018 02:20 pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

The love for comedic relief is too real especially for the “resilient” Filipinos, and it’s yet another relief that the generation today now know better. We grew up with cliché, shallow, and somehow sadistic plotlines that it’s about time we break away from the laughs brought about by slapstick comedy—tbh, they’re just not funny anymore.

Thankfully, a new kind of comedy is on the rise in the local film scene.Movies that are wittingly funny, relatable, and not far-fetched from Filipinos’ real life dramas. Here are five of them:

Ang Babae Sa Septik Tank

Directed by Marlon Rivera

The film follows the lives of three ambitious film school graduates, Rainier (Kean Cipriano), Bingbong (JM De Guzman), Jocelyn (Cai Cortez) and Eugene Domingo (As herself), on the mission to make a film with the purpose of winning international awards. With their film's major location, the Payatas dumpsite, they are willing to dive deep and get their hands dirty (literally) to make their dreams come true.


Directed by Veronica Velasco

Tuhog features the story of three different people who encountered a freak road-rage accident; Fiesta (Eugene Domingo) a bitter middle-aged woman, Tonio (Leo Martinez) a retired patriarch wanting to start anew, and Caloy (Enchong Dee) a student who is in a long distance relationship with his girlfriend.

Baka Siguro Yata

Directed by Joel Ferrer

Baka Siguro Yata is a romantic-comedy-drama film that gives an insightful perspective on how three generations of couples tackle love, relationships, and their sexualities; Carlo (Dino Pastrano), an unambitious graphic artist impregnates his high school classmate Mellissa (Bang Garcia) after a one-night stand, Myka (Hopia Legaspi) doesn't want to end the same as her sister persuades her boyfriend (Boo Gabunada) to get it on and Carlo’s separated parents (Ricky Davao and Cheri Gil) rekindles their love unfortunately behind their new partners’ back.


Directed by John Paul Su

Toto (Sid Lucero) is a young hotel bellboy in the pursuit of acquiring his visa to work in America. He goes to outrageous lengths and (mostly hilarious) schemes to make his American dream come true.

Die Beautiful

Directed by Jun Robles Lana

Die Beautiful is a comedy-drama film that centers around Trisha (Paolo Ballesteros), a transgender woman who dreams to be a beauty queen someday. The movie showed the struggle of being homosexual and the life of  conteseras in the gay beauty pageant scene.

The rave on local independent movies is very much a revolution of young Filipinos tired of the same old mainstream movie plots. We know better. If you want to watch more indie films Cinema Centario (CC) has a great roster of films for you this month of September.



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