Positive Reviews Pour In For Charice’s Movie Performance
By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ | October 17, 2012, 3:16pm
MANILA, Philippines – The reviews are in for the inspirational comedy flick “Here Comes The Boom.” And while critics are divided over this Kevin James starrer, a handful of them commended the performance of cast member Charice.
David Germain of the Associated Press wrote that the 20-year-old singer and budding actress “adds adorability as a bright and earnest student,” referring to her character Malia dela Cruz—a “musical genius” and “brainiac,” as Charice herself described.
The review was also published on Huffington Post and Fox News.
Charice’s character “could easily have been a mawkish bit, but like so much else, it works, and when she and the school band surprisingly appear in Vegas to perform Scott’s unlikely theme song, 'Holly Holy,' I defy anyone not to get a little misty,” said David Noh of Film Journal International, the sister publication of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.
Dustin Putman, member of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), put out a lengthy commentary on Charice’s performance in his review, saying that the latter “gets the best and more energized moments” in “Here Comes The Boom.” Acting-wise, the international singing sensation “brings such honesty and emotion to the screen that one can't help but care about her.”
“For a singer-turned-actor whose biggest notable credit is a guest-starring role on ‘Glee,’ Charice is a star in the making with a smile that could light up a New York City blackout,” he added.
The “Louder” singer also got a special mention in Michael Phillips’ review for the Chicago Tribune.
“The film takes it easy on the audience, even while indulging in shameless narrative strategies to engineer a very full climax, showcasing among others the talented Filipina student played by Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, who goes by Charice.”
Since its US theatrical release on Oct. 12, “Here Comes The Boom” earned a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“Here Comes the Boom benefits from Kevin James's genial presence but the film doesn't deliver enough laughs to live up to its title—or enough satisfying plot to make up the difference,” the overall consensus went.
Charice, one of the judge-mentors in the recently concluded “X Factor Philippines," graced the red carpet premiere of the Frank Coraci film last week in New York City, sporting her latest edgy look.