“It Takes a Man and a Woman,” which stars the blockbuster love team of John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo, is the third installment in the “A Very Special Love” film series, wherein John Lloyd and Sarah reprise their roles as Miggy Montenegro and Laida Magtalas.
It follows the life of Miggy and Laida after their break up, which occurred after the events in the second film. Miggy, at this point, is in a relationship with Belle (Isabelle Daza), while Laida is now a fiercer version of herself after having lived in the United States.
When Laida comes home, she gets on board with the publishing arm of Miggy’s company, and the two struggle to co-exist in the same workplace after having broken up.
In their attempts to go against or with each other, the two fall into a series of events that lead them to realizing the real definition of true love.
“It Takes a Man and a Woman” received a remarkable critical response, even reaching the point of having its theatrical run extended. It has grossed over P400 million during its run in Philippine cinemas and over P200 million overseas.
The film was graded “A” by the Cinema Evaluation Board and a rating of “GP” by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
Bibsy M. Carballo of Philippine Star said, “It Takes A Man & A Woman answered the challenge of offering a more mature perspective, according to direk Cathy, transforming a girl and a boy into a man and a woman with the capability of love and forgiveness, beyond just the ‘kilig’ factor.”
The film was also notably a breakthrough for Sarah as an actress. Tito Genova Valiente, chairman of the Urian Awards (Filipino Film Critics Circle) praised her acting, saying, “There are gems in her performance as Laida. Note the moments when the camera catches her in doubt. See her hurting with a slightest twitch of lips. Those subtleties, not expected by this writer, is good news. This girl knows how to act before a camera.”
Catch “It Takes a Man and a Woman” as it airs on television on the country’s number one cable channel, Cinema One on Sunday (February 2) at 8:00pm, as part of the channel’s Blockbuster Sundays movie block. Get updates on the program schedule by following @cinema_one on Twitter and by liking its official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel).