Choosing to forego my Friday night usual of just sleeping in, I left the “lola” me in the office and headed for a night out with my bestfriend–dinner, a bottle of beer, and then straight to the cinemas to watch I’m Drunk, I Love You. And it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made this year. (Mind you, I’ve had a lot to think about for 2017.)
Just a quick life recap. YAY! Got my first job and two weeks in. NAY! I don’t like it one bit. At least 10 times a day I would be wondering, what if I’m in Photoshop right now and not PlanSwift.
If you’ve been a reader for some time now, you would know I spill out a lot of drama. Mas marami pa kong issues kesa sa Vogue, okay? ~On life, growing up, passions, and decisions. And I just can’t grasp how timely I’m Drunk, I Love You is with ‘it me’ right now. Everything hits so real. The moment I see the opening scene with Carson in UP Film Institute, I’m *triggered*. And there goes flashbacks of me wearing my sablay and asking myself for the hundredth time “What have I done with my life?“
The characters are a little too close to home. Dio, played by Paulo Avelino is a fresh film graduate. Playing beside him is Maja Salvador as Carson, his bestfriend who’s been in love with him for seven years. And of course, Jason Ty! Thank God for people like Jason Ty. That, a roadtrip, a few life questions, and a lot of beer makes for quite a story. A story I’m all too familiar with. (Aren’t we all?)
Tonight is one of those ‘kaladkarin‘ nights. Like Dio asked Carson, “Ano, La Union tayo?”; I texted my friend of 15 years, “IDILY tayo?” Little did we know that these cold seats are our deathbeds and suddenly, our lives are flashing on the big screen.
I am Dio–lost in between dreams and reality, stuck in a dayjob just for formalities, living the life my ancestors did, questioning myself “Bakit di pa ko naYo-Young Star?”
Sitting beside me was Carson. Time check: 3 years lang yung sa kanya, give or take. But the emotions were just as invested. Clearly, one bottle of beer pre-movie wasn’t enough for both of us.
I’m Drunk, I Love You is both your typical and not. And I might even agree if you tell me that there wasn’t much of a story. There was little known about the characters. Why did Carson love Dio? Why would Dio pursue law? What’s the deal with Pathy with an H?
Pero di na kailan ng echos na kwento, alam na natin yan. One way or another, we lived through these questions. More than their stories, it’s the feelings that count. It’s all the thoughts stuck in your head, and emotions gushing just about everywhere (but never really fully out)–and it’s all the reasons for grabbing that bottle and downing a little too much alcohol. It’s the coming of age story of most of us, on whatever it may be: Life? Course? Passion? Feelings? And the ultimate question of “Graduate ka na ba?”
Watch it if you know how it feels to be in love. Or want to feel loved. Watch it for the college flashbacks. Watch it if you’re stuck in a rut. Watch it if you just can’t figure out life right now. Watch it for the music that warning: could rip your heart out. Watch it for oh so damn gorgeous Paulo Avelino. Or grab a bottle (or two or three), and just watch it. Grumaduate na tayo, Baks.
I’m Drunk, I Love You is showing in select cinemas nationwide. You can view their schedules at their Facebook page here.
Related articles: Paulo Avelino gets grown and Director JP Habac shares his inspiration behind his first feature film ‘I’m Drunk, I Love You’ both by Young Star. Credits to Young Star for Paulo’s and Direk JP’s photos used above.