The film was the biggest musical comedy film released in the Philippines.
The film uses the concept of three female singers who, "as they sing their way through life's ups and downs, they build a friendship strong enough to last a lifetime."
In an attempt to salvage their group's music career, Reggie Mendoza (Regine Velasquez), a self-confessed lola's girl, and Mikki Tolentino (Mikee Cojuangco), a man-hating tomboy and breadwinner of her family, discover Donnette Legaspi (Donna Cruz), a vainglorious, and spoiled rich girl, to be part of their musical trio, DoReMi. Despite their drastic differences in both their personalities and principles, their shared love for music allowed them to consider pursuing a music career in Japan, only to figure out in an interrogation at the local airport that a fly-by-night recruitment agency had falsified their documents and faked their passports. Due to this mishap, the girls travel to an unknown rural province, putting themselves in a self-imposed exile after the embarrassment they faced after chasing their dreams. While still considering the idea of becoming successful in the music industry, the girls help convert a small local restaurant into a mini bar where they can perform to sustain their daily needs and expenses. Their successful stint as vocal performers consistently draw huge crowds, and their popularity in the area attracted several record executives to sign them for a recording contract.
On the day of the group's contract signing, both Donnette and Mikki back out from signing the record deal, leaving a disheartened Reggie as a solo act. As Reggie pursued a career as a successful solo singer, Donnette channeled her efforts to help orphans and other abused children in social welfare, and Mikki, started her own family, and food business with Toto (Gary Estrada), whom she met and fell in love with in the province. In a charitable gala where all three of them unknowingly participate in, the girls are brought together once more as they perform the song they co-wrote together.
Planning and production
According to a retrospective by ABS-CBN, the film "was originally titled Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas 2," based loosely on the 1986 film starring Sharon Cuneta, Cherie Gil, and Dina Bonnevie.
Being hailed as the highly anticipated movie of 1996, there was extreme hype behind the collaboration between the three main actresses. To promote the movie, Cruz, Velasquez and Cojuangco appeared in an episode of T.G.I.S., reprising their roles in the film. The girls also appeared in all three major networks, ABS-CBN, GMA Network and ABC (now TV5) for several interviews in various talk and variety shows. For the film and soundtrack's press release, Cruz, Velasquez, and Cojuangco performed the songs in a promotional mini-concert.
Despite being part of the movie, Velasquez' vocals were not part in recording of the movie's soundtrack, as it was a then-upcoming VIVA Records singer named Krystine Marcaida, who sang vocals on her part. In the movie version, Velasquez was able to record her vocals just in time before the movie was released.
The film was released to critical acclaim, with majority of the critics praising the chemistry and comic timing of Cruz, Velasquez and Cojuangco altogether, while still establishing character distinction as individuals. The movie became the most successful Filipino musical comedy film of the nineties earning ₱170 million in its one-month theatrical run. The song "I Can", which was the main theme of the movie, also became a number-one hit in the Philippines.
DoReMi: Music from the Motion Picture features songs performed by Donna Cruz, Mikee Cojuangco, Krystine Marcaida and girl group Vanna Vanna and was produced by Viva Records. All of the songs were produced by Margot M. Gallardo, with the album's main theme, "I Can," being co-produced by Louie M. Ocampo.