Manila, Philippines – THE reviews are in for the inspirational comedy flick “Here Comes the Boom.” And while critics are divided over this Kevin James starrer, a handful of them commended the performance of cast member Charice.
David Germain of the Associated Press wrote that the 20-year-old singer and budding actress “adds adorability as a bright and earnest student,” referring to her character Malia dela Cruz – a “musical genius” and “brainiac,” as Charice herself described.
The review was also published on Huffington Post and Fox News.
Charice’s character “could easily have been a mawkish bit, but like so much else, it works, and when she and the school band surprisingly appear in Vegas to perform Scott’s unlikely theme song, ‘Holly Holy,’ I defy anyone not to get a little misty,” said David Noh of Film Journal International, the sister publication of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.
Dustin Putman, member of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), put out a lengthy commentary on Charice’s performance in his review, saying that the latter “gets the best and more energized moments” in “Here Comes the Boom.” Acting-wise, the international singing sensation “brings such honesty and emotion to the screen that one can’t help but care about her.”
“For a singer-turned-actor whose biggest notable credit is a guest-starring role on ‘Glee,’ Charice is a star in the making with a smile that could light up a New York City blackout,” he added.
The “Louder” singer also got a special mention in Michael Phillips’ review for the Chicago Tribune.
“The film takes it easy on the audience, even while indulging in shameless narrative strategies to engineer a very full climax, showcasing among others the talented Filipina student played by Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, who goes by (the name) Charice.” (Bulletin Entertainment Online)
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