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      Crying Ladies

      Released Feb 20, 2004 1h 51m Comedy List
      92% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 82% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In Manila's lower rung, Choleng (Angel Aquino), Rhoda (Hilda Koronel) and Stella (Sharon Cuneta) work as professional mourners. For a fee, they attend funerals and start crying, often at the behest of those mourning a loved one. But there is more to these three women than just the unusual job they share. As a new assignment approaches, Choleng suffers a moral crisis, while Rhoda reflects on her prior acting career. As for Stella, she hopes to move up in the world and get back custody of her son. Read More Read Less

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      Eddie Cockrell Variety Perfs sparkle, with each thesp comfortable navigating between broad comedy and legitimate pathos. Nov 29, 2004 Full Review Peter Howell Toronto Star The performances ... are as sincere and heartfelt as the mourning is not. Rated: 3/5 Nov 27, 2004 Full Review Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter Best appreciated for the winning performances of its trio of stars, who convey their characters' desperation with humor and poignancy. Mar 1, 2004 Full Review Liz Braun Jam! Movies It ain't War & Peace, but there are some pleasant comedic moments here. Rated: 3/5 Nov 27, 2004 Full Review Jean Lowerison San Diego Metropolitan A heartwarming little film with charming performances by the ladies. May 22, 2004 Full Review Maitland McDonagh TV Guide As the weepy days go by, transgressions are forgiven, priorities reassessed and hearts healed. Rated: 2.5/5 Feb 19, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member It's the kind of film that makes any Filipino proud and would cause rage on the Internet about Pinoy Pride but seriously this film is great, Filipino-made or not it's great! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is a feel-good and heartwarming Filipino movie that perfectly blends melodrama, poignancy and humor in one story. Crying Ladies' story shows Filipinos living in ordinary class and society while tied up with rich relation of Filipino-Chinese culture like burial traditions. While the story has a sum of humor and fun to it, it also has drama about surviving a hard life in the ordinary society of the country just to make both ends meet. What made this film relatable and pleasant are the great performances of actresses portraying the interesting characters involve in the story - Stella Mate, a hustler played by Sharon Cuneta, Roda Rivera, a former B-list actress played by Hilda Koronel and Choleng, church charity worker yet a mistress played by Angel Aquino. The three lead characters were hired as professional mourners in the tradition of Chinese wake practices. As the wake progresses so does the bond of the 3 women while dealing with their own personal problems and finding redemption and luck in their life. Crying Ladies is a heartwarming comedy that is worth to watch! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Ngayon ko lang napanood. Ang payat pa konti ni sharon dito. Hehe. At agn galing nakakatawa naman, panira lang yung ending. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member its in my list of 100 best Filipino films....with an ailing movie industry releasing a gem like this... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I laughed a lot and almost cried with this LOL Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member nice...funny,,,...unique,,, Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis In Manila's lower rung, Choleng (Angel Aquino), Rhoda (Hilda Koronel) and Stella (Sharon Cuneta) work as professional mourners. For a fee, they attend funerals and start crying, often at the behest of those mourning a loved one. But there is more to these three women than just the unusual job they share. As a new assignment approaches, Choleng suffers a moral crisis, while Rhoda reflects on her prior acting career. As for Stella, she hopes to move up in the world and get back custody of her son.
      Director
      Mark Meily
      Production Co
      Columbia
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      Tagalog
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 20, 2004, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Nov 30, 2004
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $108.0K
      Runtime
      1h 51m