Beauty and the Bestie

Beauty and the Bestie is a 2015 Filipino action comedy film directed by Wenn V. Deramas, starring Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, James Reid, and Nadine Lustre. It is an official entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival.[3][4]

Beauty and the Bestie
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWenn V. Deramas
Produced by
  • Veronique del Rosario-Corpus
  • Vincent del Rosario
Screenplay byMel Mendoza-Del Rosario
Story byEnrico Santos
Music byVincent de Jesus
CinematographyElmer Despa
Edited byMarya Ignacio
Distributed byStar Cinema
Release date
  • 25 December 2015 (2015-12-25)
Running time
119 minutes[1]
Box office529 million[2] (US$10.5 million)

It was produced by ABS-CBN Film Productions and VIVA Films and was released nationwide under the banner of Star Cinema. It was also released overseas in cities that has significant Filipino population. It is the third highest-grossing Filipino film of all time next to The Super Parental Guardians.[5] This is Wenn V. Deramas' last film before his death on 29 February 2016 and last film as a co-production between Star Cinema and Viva Films in preparation for the co-production between TV5 and Viva in 2016 until it was revoked before the launch of Finally Found Someone.[6] The film's title is a play on the 1740 French novel by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.


Erika (Vice Ganda) isn't making nearly enough money running a photography studio to support her family. The problem is exacerbated when their young nephew is diagnosed with a rare condition that may lead to blindness. That's when their former best friend Emman (Coco Martin) suddenly shows up. Emman works for the Elite Super Secret Task Force, a spy agency tasked with the security of an upcoming beauty pageant. Erika happens to look exactly like Ms. Uzeklovakia, who was abducted by terrorists led by a Japanese yakuza named Daemon Yu (Jacky Woo) and their Korean right-hand man, Jin Jhong (Ryan Bang).

Emman asks Erika to pretend to be Ms. Uzeklovakia while the agency searches for the real deal. Erika is still nursing some hurt from the way she and Emman ended things, ended up taking on the task in exchange for help in caring for her family. Aside from all this, Erika's younger sister Abi (Nadine Lustre) and Emman's half-brother Tristan (James Reid) meet and end up falling in love. Erika must deal with their feelings for their former best friend while fending off terrorists and dealing with their worry for Abi's budding romance.

Before the Q/A portion of the coronation night, Erika encounters the real Ms. Uzeklovakia after she manages to escape from her kidnappers which she was disgusted from their scent until she was intercepted by Emman and their friends in order to secure her from the terrorists. With that Erika continues to pose as Ms. Uzeklovakia until she wins the pageant. It was soon interrupted by the terrorists who are attempting to kill the fake which is Erika and Daemon manage to kidnap them thinking they were Ms. Uzeklovakia. Emman eventually intercepts the helicopter. As Erika and Daemon fight, Emman manages to finally kill Daemon in time as Erika falls onto the ledge of the helicopter. Erika takes Emman's hand and finally reconciles their friendship until he drops Erika's hand and falls into the ocean which Emman follows them.

When Emman attempts to make CPR towards Erika after falling each other into the ocean, they were still alive and soon reunites with her family. After the incident, the father of Ms. Uzeklovakia, the Uzeklovakian prime minister was happy that his daughter won the contest thanks to Erika's efforts in pretending as herself after she returns to their home country and reuniting with her father and he congratulates both Emman and Erika for rescuing her as both of them make their thankful speech.

The movie ends where both Emman and Erika are eating fishballs from a fishball bystander and both senses the shades was a detonator and it explodes knowing that another terrorist abducts another person from another country which results in them being summoned to their new mission.


Main cast

Vice Ganda portrays Eric "Erika" Villavicencio and Natalia Thalia Nutreila.
James Reid portrays Tristan Adams.

Supporting cast

  • Karla Estrada as Barbara Clooney (Ms. Barney)
  • Lassy Marquez as Jude
  • MC Calaquian as Stef
  • Badji Mortiz as George Nicolas
  • Jacky Woo as Daemon Yu
  • Ryan Bang as Jin Jhong
  • Tetchie Agbayani as Coney
  • Boom Labrusca as Joseph
  • Ron Morales as Rob
  • Tess Antonio as Riff
  • Menggie Cobarrubias as Eddie
  • Chrome Cosio as Jake
  • Jelson Bay as Chief Ben
  • Valerie Concepcion as Editha "Edith" Villavicencio

Additional cast


The film was released nationwide on 25 December 2015, as an official entry to the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival. It was also released around the world on cities that have significant Filipino population except in the Middle East where the film was censored due to the region's predominantly Islamic religion.


The teaser trailer of the film was released on YouTube on 28 November 2015 followed by its official trailer on 4 December 2015. This was followed by extensive TV spots on ABS-CBN network and its sister cable channels. It was also heavily promoted on the social media accounts of Star Cinema, VIVA, ABS-CBN and its subsidiaries including Vice Ganda's official Facebook account where he has over 12 million likes. A special dedicated page was also created by Star Cinema on its official website.


The official theme song of the film is a cover of Jolina Magdangal's 90's hit "Chuva Choo Choo" which was relyricized and sung by Vice Ganda.[7]


Box office

The Metro Manilla Film Festival committee did not disclose the official breakdown of the box office gross for each film, instead, they released the total box office gross of all the films in the festival and listed the top four films in no particular order. From the beginning to the end of the festival, Beauty and the Bestie was consistently included on the list of the top 4 grossing films, the other being My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore, Haunted Mansion, and #WalangForever. GMA Films on the other hand reported that their film My Bebe Love was the highest-grossing film during the opening day with an earning of 60.4 million pesos. All other studios and distributors did not disclose their respective opening day gross. The Metro Manila Film Festival committee's reason for not disclosing the gross box office breakdown for each film was "to protect the other four film entries that did not make it on the top four." By 7 January 2016, the official closing of the festival, the film has grossed 428 million pesos making it the highest-grossing film in the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival. On 25 January 2016, the film has grossed 526 million pesos domestically making it the highest grossing Filipino film in domestic box office and the second highest grossing Filipino film of all time behind only A Second Chance.

Critical response

Beauty and the Bestie received mixed reviews from critics with many praising the humor, stunts, and other action sequences while criticizing the story and the acting.

Movies In the Philippines in a review have given the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars stating, "The film's comedy works the same but thankfully, adding Coco Martin to its story makes it watchable as he's character drives the narrative in a convincing way." the critic added "The good thing about Beauty and the Bestie is that it doesn’t rely much on satirical comedy or other out-of-nowhere input to the story just to make things fun or make fun of things."[8] Oggs Cruz of commented that, "Beauty and the Bestie is a whole lot of everything resulting to nothing", but he also added, "However, when the film becomes true to the fact that it is just a medley of punchlines, it sort of works. There are lengthy bits in the film that are truly funny. It surely helps that Vice Ganda is a very capable comedian who can use both his wit and his awkwardly masculine frame to deliver jokes that render parts of the film worthwhile."[9] Philberty Dy of ClickTheCity rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stating, "It just gets sillier and sillier, and that's a good way to go." and "Beauty and the Bestie thrives on Absurdity"[10]


Ticket swapping incident

On the opening day of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival, several moviegoers raised concerns on social media that the tickets they bought for another MMFF movie, My Bebe Love:#KiligPaMore were misprinted. Instead, their tickets had the title of Beauty and the Bestie. This was confirmed by Jose Javier Reyes on Twitter.[11] In the official Twitter account of SM Cinema, it tweeted that there was indeed a mistake in the tickets but the tweets were removed.[12] However, on 26 December 2015, Metro Manila Development Authority, organizer of the festival, denied the accusations involving this incident.[13] They added that the accusations were baseless and stated that fans should "be responsible in expressing their sentiments especially on social media."[14] Wenn Deramas, director of Beauty and the Bestie, was skeptical about the ticket swapping incident and countered the claims of those moviegoers.[12]


41st Metro Manila Film Festival[15]Best Child PerformerAlonzo MuhlachNominated
Marco MasaNominated
47th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards[16]Phenomenal Box-Office StarVice GandaWon
Coco MartinWon
Most Popular ScreenwriterWenn DeramasWon
Most Popular Film DirectorWenn DeramasWon


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  3. "Official MMFF 2015 entries revealed". CNN Philippines. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  4. "MMDA announces revised list of MMFF 2015 movies". GMA News and Public Affairs. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
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  6. "Director Wenn Deramas passes away at 49". CNN Philippines. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  7. "Vice Ganda Sings "Chuva Choo Choo" on ASAP" ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  8. "Movie review: Beauty and the Bestie 2015 movie review". Movies in the Philippines. 15 January 2016.
  9. Cruz, Oggs (15 January 2016). "MMFF 2015: Beauty and the Bestie movie review". Rappler.
  10. Dy, Philberty (15 January 2016). "Beauty and the Bestie thrives on absurdity".
  11. "'My Bebe Love' director warns AlDub fans vs. MMFF ticket swapping". GMA News Online. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  12. Sallan, Edwin (26 December 2015). "'My Bebe Love', 'Beauty and the Bestie' directors cry foul over 'ticket swapping scandal'". InterAksyon. Philippines. Archived from the original on 28 December 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  13. "MMFF Statement Released on December 26,... - Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Official | Facebook". Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  14. "MMFF: No ticket-swapping incidents, allegations baseless". GMA News Online. GMA Network Inc. 26 December 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  15. Smith, Chuck. "Winners: 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival awards night". Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  16. Calderon, Nora (21 February 2016). "John Lloyd, Bea, Vice, Coco, Vic, Ai-Ai lead winners at the Box Office Entertainment Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
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