Directed and written by Marius Talampas, “Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap” is a hilariously rare comedy gemstone that has cavities and crystal flaws―a vapid plot and a predictable conclusion.
Eman (Pepe Herrera) and his two friends Toto(Jerald Napoles) and Carlo (Jelson Bay) live in Barangay Husay. Laughed at by his fellow crooks, they are the underdogs of the story who aspire to pull off the best scam that anyone has ever seen. But as they continuously fail to succeed in their small-time scams, their father, a legendary gang leader (played by Pen Medina), assigns a new member to their group (Nicoy played by Paolo Contis) that breaks the tradition of having only 3 members per gang.
While this is all going on, a group of farmers discovers an invaluable phallus-shaped relic made out of gold. This McGuffin serves as the driving force for all the crime syndicates. If only the three friends with their new recruit knew how important it is to have the big gold dick.
Going back to this movie’s three stooges, our first quality time with them involves a display of their unprofessionalism. The woman they point their knives at, knocks out their friend Toto, leaving Eman and Carlo scared stiff. Setting up the theme for the entire movie, we are left laughing on the screen by how
Later, we see Nicoy demonstrate to the group the effectiveness of a kinder and modern approach that undermines putting fear into the eyes of the victim. After robbing the victim of her purse and earning the group’s trust, it is unveiled to the audience that he is an agent working undercover. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
At first, I was interested in seeing how they were going to showcase the underworld crime organizations in the Philippines. From the juice vendor on the bus that sold them overpriced drinks, to the little boy on the street whom Carlo fails to hypnotize—every part of this new world has a touch of the three’s perspective. But this world’s flaws start to unhide itself when the cameras are set on accessory characters that have uninteresting driving forces.
Overall, the performances and jokes are its strongest features. If you’re willing to excuse the plot to see the next punchline, then this one’s for you.
Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap gets a 6/10