The ugly duckling yet again

So this is a movie that is currently happening here.

Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo movie poster

“Because you don’t conform to socially accepted beauty ideals,” says the world.

For all I know, this could be the most awesome rom-com the Philippines has ever produced. But according to its Wikipedia page, “It tells the story of a brainy ugly duckling girl and on how she turns into someone who’s worth loving.”

Well that’s disappointing. Was she initially not worth loving because her looks conform to that which society typically considers ugly? When is the world going to stop associating giant frizzy hair and thick eyebrows with ugliness? I don’t see what those two physical traits have to do with whether a person is worth loving or not.

Now if “turning into someone who’s worth loving” involves the female character becoming more confident about herself and being unapologetic about who she is, and keeps rocking her original look, then I’m on board with this movie. But I’m not holding my breath for that to happen.

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