Boba, idiota, tonta, double-bitch and puta ka! These are some of the uttered words of my favorite character from the movie Temptation Island. Yes! I still couldn’t get through this spectacular film. So let me write another article about it.
Suzanne Reyes played by Jennifer Cortez is my favorite character in the movie. She is the rich spoiled brat and demanding socialite in the movie being attended by Maria, the oppressed and downtrodden yaya (maid).
Suzanne in the movie is the only creature who had bitchy and hilarious catfights with all the other lady characters. Mind you, the catfights are held in different venues and of various modes. She had sabunutan (hair-pulling fight) with Azenith Briones on a shallow sea bed. She had sampalan (face-slapping fight) with Bambi Arambulo right on the desert sand. She had patpat-ala-arnis upakan (stick-weapon fight) with Dina Bonnievie inside a dry lifeless jungle.
She has gentle ways of speaking, yet words coming out from her mouth are mean, unapologetic and oppressive – a true epitome of a bitch without mercy.
Among the four finalist characters of Miss Manila Sunshine pageant in the movie, she has kept her cool and still tried to maintain and be conscious of her looks even in the midst of being trapped in a desert island without food and without fresh drinking water. She would ask her yaya if she is still beautiful, she would still put on make-up and suntan lotion and bathe under the sun to keep her beautiful youthful complexion and she would even bother wearing her silk scarf coupled with shades in the middle of a barren lifeless landscape with no salvation in sight.
I also loved the way she projects her face and body in front of the camera. It definitely added to the ultimate hilarious campiness of the movie. She totally gave a new meaning to the word “chin-up”. Because the way she raises her chin to project her provocative beauty is so high it is already literally horizontal to her flat nose and short forehead.
But the ultimate reason why I love her among all characters trapped in a desert island are the lines the scriptwriter and director have assigned her. The words coming out from her mouth and the way she delivered it are mind-boggling! Here are some of the lines she uttered in the movie…
- “Sabihin mo kay Vicente na ihanda ang Mercedes na charcoal gray… Mas gusto ko yatang magpahatid, para I can leave anytime I want. Late entrance, early exit. ‘Yan ang dramatic!”
- “As I was saying, this is a bright sunny day. A day in the light of the sun’s rays. This is how I begin my day. An hour of tender loving care in the eight o’clock sunshine! ‘Yan ang sikreto ng aking youthful complexion. Parang nasa tabi lang tayo ng swimming pool.”
- “Hay… kagabi, compose na compose ang byuti ko. Ngayon nagdi-decompose na.”
- “So what’s new? Everybody needs a shipwreck ones in a while.”
- “Ang lalakas naman kasi ng loob nyong sumali eh hindi naman kayo magaganda.“
- Maria, hwag kang tonta! Pantyhose, panghuhuli mo ng isda?!”
- “Mag-alis kayo ng panty kung gusto ninyo. But my panty stays right where it is!”
- “Wala akong carpenter-complex, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
- “Maria… sabihin mo nga sa akin, maganda pa ba ako?”
My top-3 favorites lines are…
- “Ay nako, I have no time for middle-class sentiments.”
- “Maria, pakikuha mo nga ang make-up kit ko sa kabilang bundok, nakalimutan ko eh.“
- “What are bitches for? But to bitch around with fellow bitches.”
Idol ko si Suzanne Reyes. O, laban ka?!