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Film / Four Sisters And A Wedding

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Four Sisters and a Wedding is a 2013 Filipino comedy-drama film directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.

When their youngest sibling and only brother CJ (Enchong Dee) announces that he's getting married to his girlfriend of four months in two weeks, the Salazar sisters all rush home and plan to stop the wedding, since they don't believe that they are truly compatible. However, it doesn't take long for their reunion to expose the cracks in their familial and personal relationships and threaten to bring long-simmering issues to the surface.

Oldest sister Teddie (Toni Gonzaga) has to hide that she was fired from her teaching job in Spain and now works dual jobs as a waitress and a maid to send money home to her family. Sophisticated second sister Bobbie (Bea Alonzo) has a high-paying job in New York, but isn't quite ready to take the next step with her boyfriend Tristan (Sam Milby), in part because rebellious third sister Alex (Angel Locsin), an indie filmmaker, is still dating the ex-fiance Bobbie left behind when she went to America. Sensible youngest sister Gabbie (Shaina Magdayao) just tries to keep a handle on everybody else and stop the meddling from getting out of hand. Naturally, hilarity — and some lighthearted commentary about Filipino family dynamics — ensues.



  • Bilingual Dialogue: As is commonplace for middle-class Filipinos who grew up in or near Manila, all the characters freely and frequently codeswitch between Filipino and English in conversations.
  • Black Sheep: Alex, who is academically the least successful and has the surliest and most rebellious personality. She is outright called as such by Jeanette.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Salazars. While the siblings all love each other, their issues with each other and their own problems tend to overshadow it.
  • Ensemble Cast: Screentime and focus are split between the titular four sisters.
  • Family Disunion: CJ's upcoming wedding brings all four of his sisters home, resulting in a lot of messy interpersonal reactions.
  • Happy Ending Massage: Milked for all the comedy it's worth. The Bayags have a chain of male-only spas that promise "happy endings" to their customers; the sisters suspect that it's a cover for, if not prostitution, another illicit activity. Teddie goes to investigate; it goes awry when she calls the cops on Frodo's masseuse, mistaking the activity for something sexual — it turns out to be completely wholesome; "happy ending" means "happy thoughts".
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  • In-Series Nickname: All the siblings. "Teddie" is short for Teodora, "Bobbie" for Roberta, "Alex" for Alexandra, and "Gabbie" for Gabriella.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Bobbie has a Master's degree from Columbia, which shows how much more cosmopolitan and successful she is compared to her siblings.
  • Large Ham: Jeanette Bayag, Princess's mother, who says everything in a loud, vaguely European accent, has to have a Grand Staircase Entrance announced by a maid, and does everything with overbearing flamboyance.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Third sibling Alex is the Black Sheep of the family. When the family all hashes it out later, it's outright stated that Bobbie and Gabbie get this too, since Grace focused more on Teddie (the eldest) and CJ (the youngest) while they were growing up.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The prologue shows the sisters as children hoping for a baby brother before cutting to the present when they're all grown.
  • Meet the In-Laws: Portrayed when the Salazars go to meet Princess and her parents. The Salazars are instantly turned off by the Bayags' tackiness and the parents' condescension.
  • No Antagonist: The closest thing the film has to a villain is the rich, overbearing Bayags, but even they're more of parodies of standard Filipino rich villains, only really figure into Teddie's arc, and are still just looking out for their daughter. Much of the conflict is driven by the sisters' issues.
  • Nouveau Riche: The Bayags are tacky, overbearing, and overly condescending towards the middle-class Salazars, leading the sisters to conclude that they're recently rich.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: CJ is the only brother of five siblings, which is compounded by the fact that he's the youngest sibling.
  • Parental Favoritism: Teddie, the oldest, is Grace's favorite daughter, and she naturally favored CJ because he was the youngest and the only son.
  • Product Placement: For local biscuit company Rebisco, which is explicitly tied to some of the siblings' happiest childhood memories. The film was produced in conjunction with the company's anniversary.
  • Sibling Triangle: Alex and Bobbie's conflict is driven by Alex supposedly stealing Bobbie's boyfriend. This is later clarified to Bobbie breaking up with him before she left for America, and Alex dating him an offensively short amount of time later. According to Bobbie, they wouldn't have broken up if Alex wasn't in the picture.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Suggested as the reason why CJ is marrying his new girlfriend so quickly. It turns out to be because Princess's grandfather is dying and wants to see great-grandkids by her before he goes.
  • Unfortunate Names: The Bayags. "Bayag" is the Filipino word for testicle, leading to many jokes when Teddie tries to find dirt on them.
  • Winning Over the Kids: Bobbie is tasked with handling her boyfriend's daughter Trixie, with whom she doesn't get along.
  • Why Waste a Wedding?: In the end, CJ and Princess's wedding doesn't go through after Princess's grandfather's death because according to Filipino superstition, there can't be a wedding if there's a recent death on your side of the family. Bobbie instead takes the setup, lame "under the sea" theme and all, to finally marry Tristan.

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