Mitzi Ilagan | Gogagah.com
Let’s say 1/3 of the world’s population have experienced giving or receiving unrequited love. It could be normal. But… 7 years? Isn’t that a way long time to deceive yourself?
I’m Drunk, I Love You. welcomes you to the ultimate level of the friendzone. Dio (Paulo Avelino), is Carson’s (Maja Salvador) best friend and classmate for 7 years already. One day, at a spontaneous out of town trip to La Union, Carson gets drunk, and ends up confessing her feelings to Dio. Just as how cliche movie scenes do it, Dio approaches her and kisses her intently. But we see, Carson isn’t the type who foolishly gets drowned in the mixture of haste, alcohol, and surrender, so she pulls out and transfers to the other bed.
It is the stereotype of love, but still, it hurts. No, it hurts a lot more. It speaks of a language that most people, especially millennials, are experiencing, have experienced, and might have to experience. Clearly, it is something that speaks of reality. It’s something that is likely to happen anytime, to anyone.
A music festival brought out the baggage which not only Carson has been carrying but also her gay friend’s, Jason Ty (Dominic Roco). His heartbreak even brought him to something which he haven’t explored before. There was also Pathy (Jasmine Curtis), a girl who came back from Dio’s life 7 years ago. She’s the reason of Carson’s jealousy because of Dio’s sudden shift of attention to Pathy. She, who has an “h” on her name, makes the only flaw in her entirety. And that’s what annoys Carson more.
Aside from her confession, Carson’s (and Dio’s) graduation was bound to happen days after. It was for them another chapter, but for Carson, the end to the 7-year pretension and tiresome waiting game. At last, they have made their terms clear. The ending showed the best friends hanging out all with themselves, with Carson laughing at something which might have poked into her memory. I’d like to think that they both lived happily ever after, but it might have happened to be the other way around.
Every scene is just as relatable, especially if you’re the type who YOLOs and prefers long drives to a distant town days before your graduation. They hang out, drop hints, get drunk, and talk about the future. They display their fear or growing up in subtle ways, baring their insecurities which only themselves would solve.
I’m Drunk, I Love You. seems like a typical story, but the script, the characters, and everything else that makes up the film would give you all the feels. The dialogues are realistic that you may think you might have said it already before. You would have noticed it too, that in almost every scene, the characters have bottles of beer on their grips. That is the same bottle which became Carson’s truth elixir. It’s a millennial thing anyway, to get drunk, and feel young and wild. But then, it isn’t really a good way to sober up with the truth because it is long overdue.
Maja Salvador seems like a real-life Carson as she portrays the lovelorn role in a convincing way, with every facial expression and reaction reflecting what any other person in the friendzone would do. Paulo Avelino, on the other hand, depicts a mysterious guy in heartbreaking but exhilarating sweep-you-off-of-your-feet gestures. Their chemistry isn’t the cheesy type, but their roles seem like the perfect ones for their personalities which makes the film more interesting. I’m Drunk, I Love You. is for you out there, whose unrequited love never gets the payback you deserve. It’s for you, whose love reaches out farther than the edge.
I’m Drunk, I Love You. is a film by JP Habac.