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2000s culture as seen in Pinoy movies

Telebabad and slambook generation, this one’s for you

Star Cinema Admin
Star Cinema Admin

1/7/2021 in News
2000s culture as seen in Pinoy movies

The 2000s, in a nutshell: We were obsessed with telebabad, forced everyone to answer our slambooks, created collages from magazines then pasted them on walls, and watched rom-coms over and over again!

If you want to travel back to that time, here are the perfect Pinoy 2000s movies to watch!

It’s all about the kilig…

Rom-coms really took off in the 2000s, didn’t they?

Some of the best ones include “Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw” starring Regine Velasquez and Robin Padilla, and “Got 2 Believe” starring Claudine Barretto and Rico Yan, two untouchable classics. These made the “will they or won’t they?” kind of landian popular at the time, and we’re grateful for them!

"Tunay Na Tunay: Gets Mo? Gets Ko!", which premiered in 2000, stars Robin again, but this time with Jolina Magdangal. The resulting movie is an unusual, but actually pretty sweet rom-com with action elements thrown in.

Then, love stories got sadder. Movies like “Milan”, “Dubai”, and “One More Chance” came along and triggered the hugot movement even before it was called that.

It’s all about the barkada…

Look no further than “Trip” and the super iconic “Jologs” ("Next In Line" still slaps, you guys). These were the essential barkada movies of that time. Back then, everything was more chill. There were no phones (no smartphones, anyway), so physically being there with friends was much more special.

It’s all about the family…

The 2000s also gave us a lot of films that made us cry. Painful family dramas like “Magnifico”, “Tanging Yaman”, and “Anak” still make us tear up today.

“Ang Tanging Ina” is another tearjerker, but its message is channeled through comedy (which really works).

“Kimmy Dora: Kambal Sa Kiyeme” is also about the importance of family, although it’s not something that’ll really make you cry. Still a very fun film to watch, though!

It’s all about social realism…

The 2000s arguably started the Third Golden Age of Philippine cinema — thanks to films that weren’t afraid to tell the truth.

Examples include “Pisay”, about students at a prestigious high school going through the rough patch of adolescence; and “Tribu”, a gritty story of the people in Tondo told through hip-hop and rap.

“My Fake American Accent” and “Endo” tell hard truths about Philippine labor issues like work stability — a must-watch for working-class Filipinos.

“Serbis” and “Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe” are gorgeously shot and smartly written social realism movies, but they’re also heartbreaking, so be warned.

What's your favorite 2000s movie?

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