Tween Academy: Class of 2012 (Mark Reyes, 2011) August 29, 2011Posted by Richard Bolisay in Asian Films, Noypi, Pop Cult.
Written by Kit Villanueva-Langit
Directed by Mark Reyes
Cast: Elmo Magalona, Bea Binene, Jake Vargas, Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, Sam Pinto
Let’s cut to the chase and say that Tween Academy: Class of 2012 isn’t as awful as most people claim it to be. In fact, if you are the type of person who doesn’t expect epiphany to happen at the movies, it can actually be an immensely enjoyable experience. It’s a short spell of rest from the ego of recent independent films, and to be frank, a nice date movie. Feel superior to it, bash it, mock its lame attempts at lowbrow comedy, bring up John Hughes’s films or First Day High and Senior Year, call it a disastrous High School Musical, but the people behind Tween Academy couldn’t care less. Truth be told, the film barely makes an effort to belong in the company of these movies. It takes pride in its silliness and urges its audience to do the same, the folly of buying a ticket for this movie matched by the callowness of the film itself. Its shortcomings are by all means glaring: a feebly written script, a cast of relatively unknown actors (operative word: relatively), a headache of monotonous acting, and a series of uninspired generational side mirrors. But these flaws are compensated by magical lines like “Inagaw mo sa akin ang chatmate ko!” or the iffy cameos and product placements, or the laughable struggle to make those tiny plots connect by getting ahold of each character at the prom. (The prom—another Hollywood relic!) The kids from Tween Academy seem to have more problems than the people in Africa; they are so oblivious to the matters of the world that they create problems of their own. But why should they care? They got their laptops, mobile phones, Internet connection, and cute crushes to keep them busy. They don’t need the world. They already have one ATD (at their disposal).