“Bar Boys” is best known for its realistic take on growth and failure
Filipino film “Bar Boys,” which made its premiere in 2017 as part of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino lineup, has a musical adaptation underway.
The announcement came less than a week after the 2022 bar exam results, which were released last April 14, 2023. Now, aspiring lawyers (or students in general) can get an extra boost from another upcoming source.
The feature film’s official Facebook page announced on April 22, 2023, that the musical version of the comedy-drama is currently in the works.
Further details are still under wraps, except for the fact that “Mula Sa Buwan” director-writer Pat Valera will be the one to adapt and write.
The same page even posted what appeared to be the musical’s initial poster.
The “Bar Boys” Movie
Helmed by Kip Oebanda (director-writer of “Liway”), “Bar Boys” spotlights four friends-slash-legal management graduates played by Carlo Aquino, Rocco Nacino, Enzo Pineda, and Kean Cipriano.
“Bar Boys” is best known for giving a realistic take on growth and failure.
On the day of the law entrance exam results, they find out that only three of them made the cut. The three boys, who come from different financial backgrounds, then embark on a roller coaster of a journey in law school—loaded with humiliation, stress, and disappointment—all while trying to keep their personal lives and friendship intact.
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In July 2022, the page posted what looks like the first page of the film’s sequel, “Bar Boys: After School” with Oebanda, Zig Dulay, and Carlo Enciso Catu in the credits.
However, just last April 14, 2023, the page posted a conversation snippet between two of its characters: retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Hernandez (Odette Khan)—the film’s law school dean—and Christian (Pineda). They got pensive on the concepts of success and failure.
The “Bar Boys” team shortly clarified that it wasn’t part of the 2017 film’s script—which intrigued more people about a possible part two.
However, given the recent announcement, it is now unsure if those lines were for the movie sequel or the upcoming musical.
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