Love Me Tomorrow is the latest Star Cinema romantic-comedy-drama, released in theatres May 25th. Starring Piolo Pascual, Dawn Zulueta, and Coleen Garcia, the plot highlights topics such as age-gaps in romance, unrequited love, and trying to maintain youth the older you get.
Love Me Tomorrow ***PLOT SPOILER ALERT***
Piolo Pascual plays JC, a 30-something year old nightclub DJ who, despite being ranked the #1 DJ in the Philippines, is finding himself slowly pushed out of the spotlight by younger, hipper DJs. At one point in the film, when he finds out that he will not be main-eventing a wild beach party, he laments that the party will probably be full of teenagers anyway.
Dawn Zulueta plays a 50-year-old fashion designer who has recently lost her husband to illness. Both of her children are adults and out of the house, so she focuses on her fashion designing to keep herself busy.
Coleen Garcia plays Janine, a nightclub promoter and fashion model who works alongside Piolo Pascual, and often tries to defend him at board meetings when the board accuses him of being a fading star, and too immature to occupy a seat on the board.
Pascual and Zulueta begin to form a relationship, to the annoyance of Coleen Garcia, after Garcia and Pascual do some promotional work for Zulueta’s fashion label. Pascual candidly explains to Zulueta that he and Garcia had a relationship in the past, though Pascual bluntly says they were merely “FuBus” (fuck-buddies), and are now merely friends and co-workers.
Zulueta’s daughter is also a bit angry to discover that her 50-year-old mother is dating a man who is around the same age as her (Zulueta’s daughter), and accuses her of being a cougar. We learn however that she is really mostly upset that her own marriage has fallen apart and her husband is asking for divorce.
As Pascual and Zulueta continue to date, Pascual realizes that his days of being a featured nightclub DJ are soon coming to an end, as many of his scheduled nights have been replaced with younger DJs. He gets the idea to open his own club, but lacking the financial capital for such a venture, turns to Coleen Garcia to co-own it with him.
When Zulueta learns of this plan, she becomes upset. Not so much upset that Pascual will be co-owning a club with his former “FuBu”, but that he appears to have made this decision in haste, without fully thinking about the logistics and financial aspects of such a venture. He appears to be compensating for their age-gap by trying to prove his “maturity” to her, and he proclaims that he will give them a good life when he is rich and successful.
Pascual and Zulueta’s relationship begins to grow rocky when he mentions the idea of them having a family together, and she explains that she is a woman in her 50s, and she does not want to be a 70-year-old woman with teenager children. She also makes it evident that she does not completely support Pascual’s idea to operate his own nightclub, and warns him of the financial pitfalls, which he angrily brushes aside, and accuses her of not being supportive of him.
While Zulueta’s fashion design business is booming and she is being featured on fashion magazine covers, Pascual and Garcia’s nightclub is a complete flop. The grand-opening has almost no guests, and after a short time of continued failure, Pascual and Garcia shut down their nightclub experiment. On their closing night, Pascual gets drunk and shares a steamy elevator kiss with Coleen Garcia. When the elevator door opens, Zulueta is standing there and sees them in the act.
After an argument about Zulueta focusing on her fashion business and not being supportive of Pascual’s nightclub experiment, they part ways for a bit. After some time, Zulueta and Pascual meet in a park and try to talk things out. Zulueta is adamant, however, that while Pascual gave her a new zest for life, their age difference is not fair for him, because he is still young enough to pursue the family life he desires. We then see Pascual break down and cry, and plead with Zulueta, claiming his love for her, but she assures him that life will put them back together in the future, if it’s meant to be.
The film ending shows Pascual as a successful businessman in insurance, taking international calls and planning trips abroad with his new girlfriend (Bea Alonzo). He bumps into Zulueta at the airport, introduces her to his new girlfriend, and they catch up for a bit before going their separate ways. Zulueta then bumps into Richard Gomez, which made many girls in the theatre audience shriek with joy, as Dawn Zulueta and Richard Gomez have been in many romantic films together.
Love Me Tomorrow – Film Theme Analysis
The film itself is nothing spectacular and will become just another romantic-comedy-drama title in Star Cinema’s long list of titles, but the director did try to highlight a few underlining themes, notably Pascual’s “grown man-boy coming-of-age” story. Pascual is in his 30’s and still DJs at nightclubs, and clings to this as he believes he has no other valuable skillsets. Dating an older woman kick-started his desire to mature, but he was a bit like a fish out of water. If you’re already seen as a person who refuses to grow up, announcing to your 50-year-old girlfriend that you want to dump a huge sum of money into a nightclub business is not the best way to alter those opinions.
When Pascual broke down in tears as Zulueta explained that he didn’t have the family future he dreams about with her, and sobs out that he loves her, we get the picture of a man who was after a maternal figure, and not so much a romance. He was putting her on a pedestal because she fueled his motivation to become an Adult (capital A), not an adult-who-still-DJs-at-nightclubs-for-a-living.
The director also tried to throw in the love-triangle with Coleen Garcia, but in my opinion, it was poorly executed. The director didn’t villainize Coleen Garcia and portray her as the third-wheel trying to insert herself between Pascual and Zulueta, he went the opposite direction and made Coleen Garcia’s character actually likable. She defended Pascual to his peers, she was supportive of his ambitions, and risked her own money on his nightclub idea.
I suppose I could scratch my head in puzzlement over why Pascual’s character didn’t just pursue a relationship with Coleen Garcia in the first place, but I guess in a sense, she was too good for him. He saw her as an occasional “FuBu” while she pined for something more meaningful. So I suppose that also contributes to Pascual’s immaturity in the film. He had the potential for something great in front of him all along, he chose to pursue something a bit more far-fetched, and in the end, he finally “grows up”.
So while the film plot itself is a bit water-thin, there are some valuable lessons to take away from it. Most notably, if you’re a man-boy who still DJs at beach parties in your 30s, don’t try to start a nightclub business with your fashion-model “FuBu” as a co-owner, while trying to convince a 50-year-old woman you want to start a family with her.