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Beauty and the Bestie (2015)

Produced by: Star Cinema
Directed by: Wenn Deramas
Co-stars: Vice Ganda, James Reid, Nadine Lustre

Beauty and the Bestie is a 2015 Filipino action comedy film directed by Wenn V. Deramas, starring Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, James Reid, and Nadine Lustre. It is an official entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival. It was produced by ABS-CBN Film Productions and VIVA Films and was released nationwide under the banner of Star Cinema. It is the second highest-grossing Filipino film of all time next to The Super Parental Guardians. This is Wenn V. Deramas’ last film before his death on 29 February 2016.

Beauty and the Bestie is about Erika (Vice Ganda) who isn’t making nearly enough money running a photography studio to support her family. The problem is exacerbated when his young nephew is diagnosed with a rare condition that may lead to blindness. That’s when his former best friend Emman (Coco Martin) suddenly shows up. Emman works for the Elite Super Secret Task Force, a spy agency tasked with the security of an upcoming beauty pageant. Erika happens to look exactly like Ms. Uzeklovakia, who was abducted by terrorists led by a Japanese yakuza named Daemon Yu (Jacky Woo) and his Korean right-hand man, Jin Jhong (Ryan Bang) .

Emman asks Erika to pretend to be Ms. Uzeklovakia while the agency searches for the real deal. Erika is still nursing some hurt from the way she and Emman ended things, ended up taking on the task in exchange for help in caring for her family. Aside from all this, Erika’s younger sister Abi (Nadine Lustre) and Emman’s half-brother Tristan (James Reid) meet and end up falling in love. Erika must deal with his feelings for his former best friend while fending off terrorists and dealing with his worry for Abi’s budding romance.

Before the Q/A portion of the coronation night, Erika encounters the real Ms. Uzeklovakia after she manages to escape from her kidnappers which she was disgusted from his scent until she was intercepted by Emman and his friends in order to secure her from the terrorists. With that Erika continues to pose as Ms. Uzeklovakia until she wins the pageant. It was soon interrupted by the terrorists who are attempting to kill the fake which is Erika and Daemon manage to kidnap him thinking he was Ms. Uzeklovakia. Emman eventually intercepts the helicopter. As he and Daemon fight, Emman manages to finally kill him in time as Erika falls onto the ledge of the helicopter. She takes his hand finally reconciles their friendship until he drops Erika’s hand and falls into the ocean which Emman follows him.

When Emman attempts to make CPR towards Erika after falling each other into the ocean, she was still alive and soon reunites with her family. After the incident, the father of Ms. Uzeklovakia was happy that his daughter won the contest thanks to Erika’s efforts in pretending as herself after she returns to their home country and reuniting with her father and he congratulates both Emman and Erika for rescuing her as both of them make their thankful speech.

The movie ends where both Emman and Erika are eating fishballs from a fishball bystander and both senses the shades was a detonator and it explodes knowing that another terrorist abducts another person from another country which results in them being summoned to their new mission.