Three adolescent friends survive individual dillemas that spring directly from their being gay. One fears coming out to his father; another is beaten up by his; the third gets constantly nagged by his mother for his girly behavior. All of them are taunted by bullies their age. Their stories whiz by with lightfooted comic panache, especially in the first half, that the movie is mostly funny and fun even as it tugs at deep hurts.
Vhagetz is about pre-teens coping with being gay, a story of friendship that blossomed in a squatters’ area. Jessie is a diligent student who enjoys his father’s acceptance. He has sworn to his father not to do anything that will disgrace himself and his family. We bet when you leave the theater, you would have memorized by heart the often repeated dialogue of Quan. We even advise you to follow it. Sam prefers dancing to studies, thus alienating himself more from his already uncaring mother. Paquito is being maltreated by his father for his being gay and for a deeper reason the son will soon discover. Then there’s a lola-lolahan a fag hag, a real late bloomer. Something unexpected happens to Lola Jak and there’s the twist in the story. When there are gays, there must be someone they can fantasize about. Enter Jordan Herrera as their friendly neighbor named Efren.
There’s a lot going on in Vhagets, for better or worse. As it turns out, the movie is really centered on one gay old man whose house is like a refuge for the troubled boys. His murder, which the boys witness, acts as the miraculous solution to banish all issues between parents and their gay sons.
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Original Title: Vhagetz
Language: Filipino, Tagalog
Category: Comedy, Drama
Director: Joven Tan
Stars: EJ Jallorina, Edsel Villanueva, Alec Romano