ABNKKBSNPLAko?! The Movie, the film adaptation of Bob Ong’s literary hit, is a treat for anyone who grew up in the late ‘80s through the ‘90s as made evident by its pop culture references —from Menudo to Bagets— and idiosyncratic details of Pinoy school life like nutriban (nutrition bun), “Flames,” and “Spirit of the Pen.”
But truly, the film Aba, Nakakabasa Na Pala Ako?! is for anyone who has gone through (or is still going through) the pains and joys of growing up highlighted by one’s first love, first kiss, and first heartbreak, also acne break outs, failed exams, “cutting classes,” graduation, and friendships that last a lifetime.
Like the book, the film’s strength lies in nostalgia, driven by the main character Roberto’s (Jericho Rosales) narration of his elementary to college days and his present self as a 30-something public school teacher.
The audience is in for (pardon the cliché) an emotional rollercoaster ride —poignant at times, but, mostly laugh-out-loud funny.
The story begins with Roberto facing a dilemma about showing up or not to his high school reunion, which to him will only give his career-successful classmates an opportunity to brag about their achievements.
Roberto also runs into his erstwhile girlfriend, (un-)named “Special Someone” (Andi Eigenmann) in the film, who he never really got over long after she dumped him in college.
These events cause Roberto to feel insecure and unsure of his status in life, prompting him to take a trip down memory lane.--- Review by Abby Mendoza
Directed Mark Meily.
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