written by Jessica Zafra
By all accounts the Viva-Star Cinema production No Other Woman is a smash hit, and in show business there is no arguing with pots of money. We may assume from the box-office grosses that this is the sort of movie the Filipino audience wants to see. What exactly is this movie saying?
1. Character is unnecessary; all you need are stereotypes. In the traditional defence of marriage melodrama these are: 1.1. The Handsome Husband
1.1.1. The Handsome Husband is so hot that he is literally bursting out of his clothes, which are at least one size too small for him so as to emphasize his well-developed pectoral muscles. 1.1.2. The Handsome Husband flirts outrageously with the customers who come to his store, but that’s all right because it sells furniture. 1.1.3. The Handsome Husband is devoted to his wife until a scheming slut throws herself at him. He cannot be blamed for succumbing because men are men and their brains are in their pants. 1.1.4. The Handsome Husband is only slightly less animated than the furniture he designs and sells. 1.2. The Beautiful Wife
1.2.1. The Beautiful Wife could be the sexiest woman in the archipelago, but now that she’s married she must suppress her sexuality in shapeless clothes and pale make-up. 1.2.2. The Beautiful Wife cooks nutritious meals for her husband and personally supervises his laundry. 1.2.3. The Beautiful Wife consoles her husband by having sex with him every time her domineering father makes disparaging remarks about his professional prospects. 1.2.4. The Beautiful Wife, being inexperienced in the ways of the world, confuses seduction with arson. 1.2.5. The Beautiful Wife is a good girl, hence she does not wear mascara and she has long, straight black hair that she wears in a ponytail. 1.3. The Sexy Mistress
1.3.1. The Sexy Mistress has lived in New York, ergo she is “liberated”, which in the Philippines is a synonym for “promiscuous”. 1.3.2....