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Bride for Rent

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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.

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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.

Plot

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?

Main cast

  • Kim Chiu as Racquelita "Rocky" Dela Cruz
  • Xian Lim as Roderico "Rocco" Espiritu Jr.
  • Supporting cast

  • Pilita Corrales as Lala Avelina Corazon
  • Dennis Padilla as Papsi/Nitoy Dela Cruz
  • Martin del Rosario as Mik Antonio
  • Empoy Marquez as Javier
  • Matt Evans as Onyok Dela Cruz
  • Eda Nolan as Carding's Wife
  • Anita Linda as Lola Czarina
  • Tony Mabesa as Mr. Benjamin
  • Alex Castro as Videoke Male Artist
  • Helga Krapf as Gretchen
  • Marlann Flores as Bekya
  • Zeppi Borromeo as Iking Dela Cruz
  • Lloyd Zaragoza as Carding Dela Cruz
  • Gerald Pesigan as Mikoy Dela Cruz
  • Santino Espinoza as Chin Dela Cruz
  • Leo Rialp as Cito Romualdez
  • Rj Ledesma as Atty. Marty Llamas
  • Guest cast

  • Ivan Asuncion as Young Rocco
  • Artemio C. Abad Jr. as Videoke Director
  • Loven Canon as Marsique
  • Patricia Prieto as Tricia
  • Mark Mcmahon as Tricia's Husband
  • Regine "Apan" T. Agra as Kukai
  • Angel Remulla as Rocco's Mom
  • Amelia Villaruel as Maricel
  • Jackie Aquino as Rod's Wife
  • Special participation

  • Tirso Cruz III as Roderico "Rod" Espiritu Sr. (Rocco's father)
  • Bodie Cruz as young Roderico Espiritu Sr. (Rocco's father in picture)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Eugene and Jacqueline Kaw as themselves
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gary and MM Bogarin as themselves
  • Mr. & Mrs. Nor and Pia Domingo as themselves
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ed and Baby Ferriols as themselves
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert and Dina Labayen as themselves
  • Mr. & Mrs. Nelson and Millie Villar as themselves
  • References

    Bride for Rent Wikipedia