These Pantis will show you what they’re all about. Here’s my review of Jun Robles Lana’s ‘The Panti Sisters’.
The film tells the story of the titular Panti sisters— Gabriel (Paolo Ballesteros), Samuel (Christian Bables), and Daniel (Martin Del Rosario) — as they go through the journey of finding a woman to conceive a child with, which is one of their father’s (John Arcilla) conditions in order for them to get their inheritance.
The film delivered a lot of laughs for the most part. It succeeds in giving us a comedy that not only makes the audience laugh, but it also educates the audience in a very subtle way. Many quips from the film are statements about how people see the LGBT+ community, and how today’s society unfairly treats them. I hope it serves as an eye-opener to those who watch the film, and if it doesn’t open your eyes, then you’re part of the problem.
The film also battled with the outdated mindset of machismo, toxic masculinity, and the overly abusive patriarchy. It does this in a way that doesn’t hinder the humor of the whole film, and it’s actually a nice touch compared to other comedy films where that only use “being gay” as solely a source of mean-spirited humor.
Now for the things I didn’t quite like. First of all, I’m not sure if it’s just me, but the structure of the story just seems so messy. It may be the haphazard editing, but it all feels jumpy. There’s no smooth flow in the story, but to be fair, it doesn’t really affect the overall humor of the film.
The film is at its best when it stays focused, not when it roughly cuts from one scene to another. Also, the third act turned the whole film to a completely new direction, going somewhere totally unexpected. It reached the point where I found it absolutely necessary, but then again, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the film as much.
Paolo Ballesteros‘ comedic timing is impeccable, and he nails all his scenes, but there seems to be something lacking with his performance here. Christian Bables may not be the best in terms of comedy, but he makes up for it in his dramatic scenes. Martin Del Rosario is the most consistent here, maintaining his cutesy, innocent vibe until the end.
John Arcilla is a showstopper as always, as he brings a bit of Heneral Luna to his performance, and he delivers a heartfelt monologue at the final moments of the film. Carmi Martin and Rosanna Roces are scene stealers, as they give us one of the most memorable scenes in the film. I’m sure you’ll know what I’m talking about when you watch the film.
The Panti Sisters is a great comedy, no doubt about that. It also manages to deliver timely and important messages about the LGBT+ community it represents, but as with most Filipino comedies, it is dragged down by some of its technical aspects. I still enjoyed it very much, and if you’re looking for a good laugh, this one’s for you, you might even learn a thing or two.
My Rating: 7/10
Here’s the full trailer for ‘The Panti Sisters’: