|Directed by Mae Czarina Cruz|
Starring Kim Chiu Xian Lim
|Produced by Charo Santos-Concio|
Distributed by Star Cinema
|Written by Carmi Raymundo
Charlene Grace Bernardo|
Production company ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.
Bride for Rent is a 2014 Filipino romantic comedy film directed by Mae Czarina Cruz starring Kim Chiu and Xian Lim. It is produced by Star Cinema as its opening salvo for the year. The film achieved numerous milestones including being the second highest grossing Filipino romantic comedy movie of all-time after It Takes a Man and a Woman and third highest grossing non-MMFF film of all-time after It Takes a Man and a Woman and Praybeyt Benjamin respectively, and also the highest-grossing January-released film of all-time in the country.
The film met both critical and commercial success, earning more than PHP 21.2 million pesos in its opening day and broke the PHP 200 million pesos mark on its 8th day. The film's trailer became a viral hit prior to the film's premier garnering over 2 million views as of January 25, 2014 and was frequently part of the local Twitter trending topics during its theatrical run. It also received an average rating of 7.5/10 in IMDB and a 3.9/5 in Rotten Tomatoes with 73% liking the said film as of February 12. It was graded "B" by the Cinema Evaluation Board and given a Rated PG by the MTRCB.
Rocco Espiritu (Xian Lim) and Rocky Dela Cruz (Kim Chiu) have one thing in common:they are both in need of money, fast.
On the eve of his 25th birthday, the day he’s set to receive money from his trust fund, Rocco parties, gets drunk, and loses all his money on a poker match. Now he has to produce the amount, otherwise he will lose the client he needs to defeat his father’s TV commercial production company. Meanwhile, Rocky also needs money to pay the rent, otherwise her family will be homeless.
The only way for Rocco to get money from his trust fund is to fulfill the conditions set by his grandmother and that is to get married.
That's when he meets Rocky who agrees to act as his pseudo wife in exchange for a “talent fee.” With Rocco's tempting offer and Rocky's need for money, the two seal the deal.
As Rocky and Rocco go through their married life, problems come one after another thus, they are forced to reconcile their differences and work with each other. However the real complication begins when feelings start to grow between the two of them. Will they be able to make their agreement work or will they be a victim of their own scheme and turn their whole pretense into something real?