Just how far can a family protect its youngest member without going overboard?
This is the question Star Cinema's current offering "Four Sisters and a Wedding" strives to answer. The romantic comedy is as Pinoy as you can get. The Salazar siblings are working abroad and one daughter is tasked to take care of the widowed mom.
The normal rhythm of life is rudely interrupted when the youngest member (CJ Salazar, played by Enchong Dee) – the only guy in the family and the four sisters’ ‘ baby’ -- suddenly announce that he’s getting married.
As if the big to-do is not enough, CJ’s fiancée is no ordinary girl. She’s an only child of a far more well-to-do family that can afford to pooh-pooh CJ’s middle-class background.
The sisters (played by Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, Toni Gonzaga and Shaina Magdayao) rise to the occasion. Like a well-oiled war machine, they move heaven and earth to beat the enemy – the other family.
Problem is, the sisters are not as well-prepared for the battle as they think they are.
Old hurts surface, skeletons in the closet pop up – and pandemonium erupts.
War within a war
All hell breaks loose and a war within a war erupts.
As what happens in all wars, no one wins. Frayed nerves, temper outbursts and tears – copious tears – flow freely.
The tug-of-war pushes each side this way and that – until the dam breaks. Lies are revealed, betrayals bared – and the very bond that holds the family together, threatens to break.
Worst and best
It’s the meddlesome Pinoy at his worst – and his best.
The upside is, blood is still thicker than water. The downside is – interference borders on meddling. And the concerned Pinoy is too blind to see this.
"Four Sisters and a Wedding" put this trait under the microscope and make us laugh – and mull over it.
You can take the movie with a grain of salt. Or you can look at it as a much-needed wake-up call.
Is the Pinoy family stunting its members’ growth by having a finger in every pie?
When do we hold on and when do we let go?
"Four Sisters and a Wedding" makes us take a long, hard look at ourselves and the culture we grew up with. And it doesn’t hurt because it makes us laugh at ourselves along the way.
The joke, after all, is on us. And chances are , we Pinoys, hardy as we are, can take it.
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