The Two Sides To Dalawang Mrs. Reyes
Infidelity and mistresses have been a popular movie theme of choice in recent years. We've seen the likes of Anne Curtis, Bea Alonzo, and even Maricel Soriano play these onscreen serpentinas who manage to slither their way into the hearts of married men but garner the sympathies of the audience if only for a moment.
Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes tells a slightly different tale. This story also speaks of infidelity, but instead of the usual factor of a relatable (or even likable) mistress, it is a mister—and this seemingly simple plot twist makes a bit of a difference.
Truth be told, I didn’t care much for the slapstick touches here and there, but the funny banter and excellent rapport between Judy Ann and Angelica are enough to move the rest of the movie forward. Oh, not to mention the best supporting actor in Steve, played by Nico Antonio.
Lianne (Judy Ann Santos) is a doctor with a booming practice. She’s the busy career woman who rarely has time for her husband, Gary (Joross Gamboa) and daughter Macey (Andrea Brillantes). Cindy (Angelica Panganiban) on the other hand is a housewife whose sole purpose in life is to serve her husband (JC De Vera), and with that package, her mother-in-law. The first Mrs. Reyes is struggling to keep her family while the other is desperate to start one. Little do they know that their husbands have far different plans—with each other.
The gay twist to the narrative add just the right amount of confusion to blur the lines of infidelity, as if it isn’t hard enough to navigate in the first place. The movie leaves the audience to mull a few things over: 1) is it really wrong to cheat on your spouse and leave them for someone else to be able to live a happy, truthful life; 2) who has the right to be angry, and 3) WTF happens after?
First of all, let me just get it out of the way. Cheating is never justified. There’s never a right way to do it, never a right reason, and never a right time. Cheating is bad, no matter from what angle you look at it. BUT, it doesn’t necessarily mean the cheater is a bad person. As for the case of the husbands in the movie, they aren’t bad—they are just cowards. They are dishonest to themselves from the beginning, which means they are dishonest to their wives. And that kind of betrayal is what makes all of them miserable.
I’m a firm believer that you need to be selfish sometimes in order to be happy. You need to learn to say ‘no’—to the last piece of pizza when you’re already full, to the late night out with friends if you just want to stay home, and more importantly to promising the rest of your life to someone you already know isn’t going to make you happy. Say ‘no’ now to be able to say ‘yes’ to the things you really want in life.
Which leads us to the 2nd question, who has the right to be angry? Is it Gary and Felix who get robbed of a life together from the beginning, or is it the wives? Of course, it is the wives who have all the right to be angry. No ifs or buts about it.
You can’t just up and leave because you can’t stand living a lie for another second, much less do it while your wife is confined in a hospital and under a heavy dosage of painkillers. Come on, Gary. Your cowardice is what got you in that situation in the first place, you might as well throw her a bone by talking to her like an adult. But of course it’s a dramedy and we have to take the timing with a grain of salt.
As for Felix, he acts like the hetero part of his hetero-beki sexuality when he bolts the morning after he and Cindy finally have sex for the first or second time that year. Sure, he leaves a long letter explaining why he did what he did, but when has that ever really cushioned the blow?
The fact of the matter is, these guys messed up. Big time. And they can’t use their noble desire to come out of the closet to justify how they did it. Whatever form of anger their wives’ wrath comes in, they just need to deal with it as part of the consequences of their actions.
So #3, what’s next for you after a cheating (gay) husband remarries?
The rest of your life.
Cindy is right in saying that you need to accept things after a certain point and move on with your life because it would be unfair for you otherwise. To live in anger and resentment will only harm yourself. In true Steve fashion, I read a quote in Instagram that says “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Also this:
In relationships and in life, you don’t really need certainty. All you need is courage. The courage to be honest, to be stupid, and to get back up when one or both of those get you in trouble.