Considering the dearth of any movies made by Filipinos for international release, this movie is a nice little way of saying, "Hello, we are Filipinos and we very capable of producing quality stuff". Having seen "American Adobo" and thoroughly disappointed, "The Debut" is made of better material. While Dante Basco really shines in the movie, my personal pick is Tirso Cruz who actually acted very very well. He was not over the top, he was well composed, he was perfect for the role. Even his syrupy singing is well forgiven...the movie delves heavily into the cliche-approach (party foods, dancing, dog-eating comments, fob comments, angst-covered youth, wannabe break dancers and such, etc.). I can usually relate to most of the scenes but this was exactly why i didn't give it the whole 5 stars. The next Filipino movie should be devoid of the familiar cultural attack and should start exploring other niches of cinematic brilliance without being too involved with melancholy musings.
As a nice compliment to the movie, I've never seen so many cute and pretty Pinays, so there, I've said the best part of the movie. Hope Gene Cagayon's next flick can transcend the cultural, political, and PINOY-related consciousness and just make a movie we all can be proud. He's on his way...the film was just right, the deleted scenes were rightfully taken out, and the main characters acted with passion and professionalism. I am proud to say this is a great movie to watch, I'll even recommend it to all my Anglo friends...Mabuhay and good job!