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Review: Netflix Original ‘Love The Way U Lie'

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We recently saw “Love the Way U Lie,” which stars Xian Lim, Alex Gonzaga, and Kylie Versoza on Netflix. The popular video streaming subscription service has added “Love the Way U Lie,” along with 14 others (Filipino films) this August in an attempt to bring more Filipino content to the service.

When Pinoy movie buffs watches “Love the Way U Lie,” they will surely remember the 1990 movie “Ghost,” starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, and Whoopi Goldberg. “Love the Way U Lie” is a Neflix Original romantic-comedy movie and it has started streaming on August 20.

Alex, as the female lead, is her usual funny self. Xian and Kylie also did not disappoint in this film. Well, they played their respective roles. But, one of the things we loved about this movie is Chad Kinis’ character. Chad, who plays Alex’s Chinoy cousin in the movie, dominates because of his hilarious performance. Chad is good for a lot of laughs throughout the film.

The story revolves around Stacey (Alex), a Filipino-Chinese clairvoyant, helping a deceased wife Sara (Kylie) convey to her grieving husband Nathan (Xian) to move on.

The name of the movie sums up everything you need to know about the film. Stacey continues to help Nathan move beyond grief even after Sara stopped sending messages to tell her husband – all because Stacey has feelings for Nathan. In the end, Nathan fell in love with Stacey.

The thing is, the plots or story lines of Filipino movies are really predictable to the point that they have become clichés – good-looking protagonists, star-crossed lovers from the opposite ends of socioeconomic status (Stacey is the breadwinner in her family while Nathan is a manager of an IT company).

There are “hugot lines” in the movie. Yes, in Filipino movies, it is highly necessary to have quotable lines, even if it is a romantic comedy movie.

Overall, it is a cute movie with a mix of a ton of laughs and love story all rolled into one. Don’t expect too much though. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up or to laugh hysterically, this is certainly the movie for you.

Don’t forget to watch the closing credits. Toni Gonzaga, who is the producer, and Jake Cuenca have cameo roles in the film. Director RC De Los Reyes shot scenes of “Love the Way U Lie” in crowded places in Manila such as Quiapo, Estero in Binondo, Intramuros, Jones Bridge, and Manila Bay.

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