The Alex Gonzaga-Joseph Marco chemistry first worked wonders via the TV adaptation of the Korenaovela “Pure Love” on ABS-CBN. It was in the same series that the televiewers first fell in love with the screen pairing which, sources say, almost led to a real-life romance.
Regal Entertainment’s Mother Lily and Roselle Monteverde were among those who took notice of and banked on the TV magic Alex and Joseph created that they chose to cast them as lead stars in the feel-good rom-com “My Rebound Girl.”
Alex and Joseph’s romantic scenes in Benguet was a breeze for director Emmanuel dela Cruz, who is directing his first mainstream film from the story of Emmanuel Dela Cruz, Iris Charmaine Lee and Dominic Lim.
In the film, Alex (Gonzaga) is Raquel or Rocky, dubbed as the “Pambansang Rebound Girl.” She may not be a stunner but she is kind, trusting and jolly.
Rocky’s dad wanted to bring her with him abroad but she declined and instead put up her own business, the Perfect Blend Café, with several business partner-friends, including her boyfriend Timmy.
Just when she thinks her plans are falling into place, Timmy, whi happens to be their group’s main financier, backs out of Perfect Blend to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend.
Rocky, dumped and heartbroken, wanted to quit the café venture until her savior, Rich Magsanoc (Joseph Marco) comes along.
Both came on too strong for the other on their first meeting, as Rich, being the financier served as the café’s manager. But as they go along, though, both agree to co-manage the shop on the condition that the cafewill make use of Rich’s coffee beans from an almost idle coffee farm.
During one of Rocky’s visits to the coffee farm in Benguet, she discovers how much Rich wants to revive the farm to convince his mom against selling the property. She also learns that Rich has just been dumped by his long-time girlfriend.
From then on, Rocky and Rich’s relationship become sweeter as they develop their own signature blends, disagreements ended up in a date until Rich finds himself slowly falling for Rocky.
Rocky eventually agrees to be Rich’s girlfriend even when at the back of her mind, she wasn’t sure whether or not she was getting into another “rebound” relationship.
Their love story gets a major twist when Rich’s former girlfriend shows up at the café’s inauguration.
Will Rocky give up or will she fight for Rich’s love this time?
“My Rebound Girl” is definitely Alex and Joseph’s biggest break on the big screen as a tandem.
From being a host, singer, comedienne and author, Alex moved on to headline the TV series “Inday Bote.” She has also done other movies like “I’ve Fallen For You,” Praybeyt Benjamin” and “Buy Now, Die Later.” But My Rebound Girl is her toughest challenge yet, and based on the trailer, she was able to pass the test with flying colors.
For his part, Joseph has done lead roles for such TV series as “Dolce Amore” and a few films. But “My Rebound Girl” catapults him to the romantic lead status.
Alex and Joseph’s director, direk Emman himself shows a lot of promise. He has handled several movies like “Slumber Party,” “Kailangan Kita” and “Sarong Banggi.” He is a screenwriter, filmmaker, theatre artist, graphic artist and a songwriter. He, too, is one of the founding members of Bedbugs, an underground comics group.
Together with Alex, Joseph and direk Emman make “My Rebound Girl” a relatable, heart-wrenching yet heartwarming story that will hit you hard with reality – but might just heal your bitter, black, broken heart.
Get a taste of and experience Alex and Joseph’s magic as “My Rebound Girl” hits Philippine cinemas nationwide starting September 28 from Regal Entertainment, Inc.