New York, November 30, 2012 - "I Do Bidoo Bidoo," a Filipino-made movie musical, which explores four interwoven love stories inspired by 17 songs popularized by the APO Hiking Society, a trio made up of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) luminaries Jim Paredes, Boboy Garovillo, and Danny Javier, opens today at IndieHouse Royal Cinema Producers' Club Theatres (358 W 44th St.) in Manhattan, New York City and at Gaslamp Stadium Cinemas (705 5th Ave.) in San Diego, California.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times has written his review of the film titled "A Wedding Accompanied by Filipino Pop Hits, 'I Do Bidoo Bidoo,' a Musical from the Philippines":
"Rock and Tracy are young, in love, not yet married, expecting a child and causing endless stress for their parents in 'I Do Bidoo Bidoo,' an exuberant if creaky Filipino musical that never lets story get in the way of its songs.
The music, by the Apo Hiking Society, a long-running and inoffensive Filipino pop band, is self-consciously gentle and sometimes inert: 'Syotang Pa-Class' suggests 'Uptown Girl' ; 'Blue Jeans' recalls 'Footloose.' (The film's producer said that 'Mamma Mia!' was an inspiration.)
Rock (Sam Concepcion) and Tracy (Tippy Dos Santos) stand out on the duet 'Panalangin,' but mostly they're dull and pretty. It's their parents who shine, especially Rock's sassy mother, Rosie (the hilarious Eugene Domingo), and Tracy's stern father, Nick (the squarely handsome and convincingly mean Gary Valenciano).
Given that music drives the story here, it's notable that color feels more prominent than sound. 'I Do,' written and directed by Chris Martinez, is filmed in a hyperreal style in which the prints on the clothes of Rosie and her friends scream louder than they do. Everyone sings, but color is life…"
Read the full review HERE.
"I Do Bidoo Bidoo" will also premiere in Hawaii at Pearlridge West 16 Theater (98-1005 Moanalua Road Aiea) next Friday, December 7.