Bernardino's story, which curiously ends in tragedy, has all the makings of a swoony hit, especially with all its outrageously blatant manifestations of juvenile love.In the novelette, Athena, a normal girl in campus, is forced by Kenji, the campus' top mischief-maker, to pretend to be his girlfriend to make his ex, who is also named Athena, jealous enough to want to come back to him. The die-hard fan grief "Why am I not Kathryn Bernardo? Smug Because you watched something you enjoyed and people don’t know what they’re missing.It all started when 17-year-old Athena Dizon (Kathryn Bernardo) unwittingly plays a trick on resident heartthrob and bad boy, Kenji de los Reyes (Daniel Padilla).Garcia-Molina's adaptation, which innovates to cover the obvious derivativeness of Bernardino's text, is simply put, offers a stark improvement over the original material.A variation of Bernardino's love story between Athena (Kathryn Bernardo) and Kenji (Daniel Padilla), set in the 90's instead of the novelette's original 2004 timeline, is sandwiched within the beginnings of the blossoming romance between Athena's niece and Kenji's son, who are also played by Bernardo and Padilla.The tragedy invented by Bernardino has been creatively subdued.
It could have been just about Bernardo and Padilla, and not Zulueta and Gomez, whose onscreen love affairs are relics. It is still a film designed and crafted for escape, the ones Garcia-Molina, with her knack for fake hairpieces and dreamy fantasies, is so good at making. It knows what it is, what it is not, and where it came from.
It is the era of paged messages, tie-dyed tees, gaudy bandanas, garish plaids, and denim vests, all of which are remnants of a generation fed with movies and television shows starring Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin.
She's Dating the Gangster is rightfully colorful, evoking every bit of the 90's trademark tack.
Would the smell of his face make you question your sexuality?
Inquisitive If Daniel Padilla’s face is that close to your face, would you be able to resist him?