Un­ex­pected Life Lessons from ‘Un­ex­pect­edly Yours’

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Live - Les­son 2: Know your worth.

The mo­ment I saw the “Un­ex­pect­edly Yours” teaser of the new movie star­ring Sharon Cuneta and Robina Padilla, with her chid­ing him as “Adik” and him re­ply­ing as “Sa ‘yo”, at the same time cue in the “Adik sa ‘yo…hi­na­hanap hanap kita” in­stru­men­tal by River­maya for the penul­ti­mate cheesy, toe-curl­ing, ta­gos sa buto, kilig to the bones, giddy ex­pe­ri­ence; I was hooked! A few mom­mies and I set the date to watch it, and it was in­deed the per­fect movie to watch with friends. We were the nois­i­est bunch in the the­ater.

The movie was also on my radar be­cause Sharon is a gen­uinely nice per­son. I’ve met her sev­eral times through press­cons and movie pre­mieres (care of my en­ter­tain­ment jour­nal­ist fa­ther) and through the UP Open Univer­sity, where she fin­ished school­ing for her As­so­ci­ate in Arts De­gree at a time when my late-mother was the Vice Chan­cel­lor. When Mom died, Sharon ex­tended kind­ness and help, the likes of which a per­son just never for­gets.

Sha­ro­nian na, sige! She just fans the flames of fan­dom in me that is a stark con­trast to my usual nerdy per­sona. Be­sides, trashy ro­mance con­sumed once in awhile is good for the soul! I was ac­tu­ally ex­pect­ing Robin and Sharon’s team-up to be on the corny side, but I was un­ex­pect­edly sur­prised that aside from elic­it­ing buka-bibig-yu­gyo­g­bil­bil-kind of laugh­ter and co­pi­ous amounts of gen­uine tears, it also im­parted a lot of life lessons. (For those who haven’t seen it, stop right here. Spoil­ers ga­lore!)

Sharon’s crazy es­capade starts with her friends (Mari­toni Fer­nan­dez, Yayo Aguila, Ma­rina Beni­payo, Toby Ale­jar) throw­ing her a birth­day bash in an up­scale ho­tel room. They en­cour­age her to move on from her phi­lan­der­ing hus­band (John Estrada). Sharon gets drunk and mis­tak­enly col­lapses in the room of Robin. The next morn­ing, she runs away sur­rep­ti­tiously with­out say­ing good­bye to him.

They cross paths again with her crazy friends be­cause they all turn out to be high school class­mates. All her friends cheer her on as he makes the moves. When she acts neu­rotic, they tell her straight to her face what the prob­lem is. Truly, we all need friends not just to share fun times with, but to share prob­lems with. They worry about our is­sues so we wouldn’t have to go through tough times alone!

Sharon, who’s been dumped by her hus­band for a younger woman, feels lost. Their re­bel­lious daugh­ter (Ju­lia Bar­retto) is alien­ated from her and wants to work in Lon­don to see her se­cret boylet (Jame­son Blake). On top of that, Sharon is hav­ing ca­reer prob­lems with her ideas be­ing eclipsed by a younger col­league (Max­ene Ma­ga­lona).

The hu­mor of the movie lies in the com­edy of er­rors in Sharon’s des­per­a­tion to feel ac­cepted, to feel val­i­dated, and to feel wor­thy. Sharon doesn’t hes­i­tate to make fun of her­self and her ex­cess weight. Her char­ac­ter is re­lat­able and vul­ner­a­ble as she goes through mid-life cri­sis and menopause. In the end, she learns to LET GO of all these toxic peo­ple and ill feel­ings.

She even­tu­ally re­al­izes her true value as a per­son. These em­pow­er­ing truths have just been there within her and right un­der her nose all along. She de­clares in the end: “Real suc­cess is not be­ing the best, it is learn­ing to ac­cept the less that we have…I will be me, and I will choose to be happy!” Spot on…count­ing bless­ings and con­tent­ment are the real el­e­ments of suc­cess.

Robin is Co­coy, a ba­lik­bayan sea­man who is the cash cow of his en­tire fam­ily. It’s the rea­son he is sin­gle. He’s had a crush on Sharon since high school, but he re­mained in­vis­i­ble to her as she’s in sec­tion 1 (the vale­dic­to­rian to boot) and he’s in sec­tion 6. They meet again in their mid­dle age and he is fi­nally able to ex­press his feel­ings. Over the years, true love blooms, changes, and grows stronger! No one is ever too old to love.

To be hon­est, both scenes where Robin and Sharon ex­hib­ited a mad case of “kilig” brought the movie house down, gar­ner­ing a lot of screams from the au­di­ence. Sharon may have some added pad­ding, but her in­nate beau­ti­ful per­son­al­ity still shines through. Robin’s ap­peal is ev­i­dent in many scenes, es­pe­cially when he de­liv­ered his punchy lines and when he shaved his mous­tache. As cheesy as it may sound: ang love at kilig, walang pinip­il­ing edad!

In the movie, Sharon has a med­dle­some and over­bear­ing mother (Pi­lar Pi­lapil). At some point, her char­ac­ter also be­came strict with her 21-year-old daugh­ter, Ju­lia, which re­sults in the lat­ter run­ning to her dad. In the end, Sharon re­al­izes that she has to give her daugh­ter space to fly.

Moth­ers like to be­lieve the adage that they know what’s best for their chil­dren. They’ve gone through an­guish and heartache. Al­though they did flour­ish amidst dif­fi­culty, moth­ers don’t want their chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence any pain. They want life to be a bed of roses for their chil­dren and hope these kids learn from their own (moth­ers) mis­takes. But the re­al­ity is, moth­ers may have the best of in­ten­tions, but life/ex­pe­ri­ence is a bet­ter teacher.

From the start of the movie, both Robin and his nephew (Joshua Gar­cia) were clear about what they wanted from their neigh­bors (Sharon and Ju­lia). A man who has gen­uine in­ten­tions does not play games and lays out the role he wants to play in a woman’s life. A good man pur­sues a woman he likes with trans­par­ent com­mu­ni­ca­tion, out­most ded­i­ca­tion, and con­sis­tent ef­fort.

Sharon and Robin go through a rough patch and, for a while, mak­ing it ap­pear as if they’re not re­ally meant for each other. But in the end, as they say, love con­quers all. Through­out the movie, we see them re­hears­ing for a dance num­ber they’ll present in their high school re­union. The movie con­cludes with them fi­nally danc­ing not just to­gether but also with their friends. And it gives you the feeling that yes, it’s nice to take the jour­ney called life with a loved one be­side so you can en­joy life’s un­ex­pected twists and turns to­gether!

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