Ai ai shifts back to her formulaic Tanging Ina character

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Ai ai shifts back to her formulaic Tanging Ina character

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Ai A DLas Alas is back with a new family comedy, where she plays the formidable mother (with kids) striving to survive life. That is the motherly character Ai Ai cheerfully exhausts audience can openly acquaint to her hit “nanay character” in Tanging Ina. That is what make D’ Ninang, with Ai Ai in the middle of a brewing domestic problem, so much fun watching. It is not new to Ai Ai playing the poverty suffering mom, of which she is a typecast. Nothing wrong with that, particularly for a comedy film about family ties, but D’ Ninang, compared to the comedian’s previous comedy work, is easy taking since character billing along with Ai Ai shows chemistry not only with Ai Ai …but of the slim storyline we have seen enough of in Tanging Ina. But, since it brings back funfilled memories of that blockbuster movie that put Ai Ai on the top of the heap of mainstream pinoy cinema, taking the old family feuding theme out  was lighter than it was expected. D’ Ninang is well written, and that goes with newbie Kisses, who have much attachment to Ai Ai’s ironic mom character. She plays a career street thief, and she is drawn financial  that career, even if that means drawing blood from her loins. While that says little how movie is best enjoyed, if not chewed with a popcorn crunch, it still is a relentlessly funny. I say this with attachment, particularly to those who have love watching old Dolphy movies. It is very much alike, if not detailing, of that period when Dolphy was King of comedy. Ai Ai, for lack of a better word, is Queen in D’ Ninang. She gets the best line, and they are funny enough shared even with newbies who have much to learn about timed acting. D’ Ninang, which is still screening in Metro theaters in the Philippines, is a light weekend movie for the family. And it is a Filipino comedy, not Hollywood, that will tickle your family like it used to with Dolphy playing John Puruntong. Having said that is enough, D’ Ninang is a heart charmer, something most of us need seeing in the name of family.

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