‘On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets’ Review: Escaping the Toxic Life

Directed by Irene Villamor

There is something magical in Irene Villamor’s films. From Camp Sawi that felt fresh from the romance comedy genre, to her exquisite films Meet Me in St. Gallen and Sid & Aya Not A Love Story, there’s a distinct texture in her films that make them quite an experience. And her latest film, On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets isn’t an exception.

What makes this film work the most is its actors. Bela Padilla and JC Santos are undoubtedly excellent choices. With their proven chemistry and outstanding talents, the production probably didn’t have any problems with them in terms of acting. And director Irene Villamor’s ability to take us on a ride on her story visually (beautifully if I may add), makes On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets not a regretful experience.

The film takes us to a fairy tale-like romance. A broken or damaged girl meets someone who’s almost perfect but complications and issues that stands in the way of their “happily ever after.” But then again, this is not a fairy tale. Irene imbues her story with realities that are both hopeful and painful. It’s soft when it wants to, rough when it needs to.

So, if you want to watch a movie about two people drinking alcohol, falling in love, one has alcohol issues and one tries to save the other. Two people escaping a toxic life, trying to have a better one together. Or just Bela Padilla and JC Santos in their best movie yet which can still make you cry in one or more scenes, On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets is definitely for you.

5 On Vodka Beers and Regrets


3.5 stars

‘On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets’ is now showing in cinemas nationwide from VIVA Films. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.

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