Mario Maurer, Erich Gonzales explore culture clash and chemistry in "Suddenly It's Magic"

RP's hottest romantic comedy with Thai superstar and Filipina leading lady to screen in U.S. theaters starting November 9
Mario Maurer-Erich Gonzales team-up win hearts in "Suddenly It's Magic"
Mario Maurer-Erich Gonzales team-up win hearts in "Suddenly It's Magic"
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Nov. 5, 2012 - PRLog -- After releasing overseas a horror-suspense film in "The Healing", a mature romantic drama in "The Mistress", and a wacky comedy in "This Guy’s In Love With U, Mare!" – all box-office hits – ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema returns to the screen with one its strongest genres: feel-good romantic comedy via Suddenly It’s Magic which will hit select U.S. theatres starting November 9.

Giving rom-com a fresh take, the film outfit experimented with an international pairing, matching Thai superstar actor-singer-model Mario Maurer and Filipina actress Erich Gonzales in a youthful, upbeat love story that captures the delicate flavors of a modern fairy tale.

Maurer plays Marcus Hanson, a Thai matinee idol who has everything… good looks, fame and fortune. Well, almost everything. While his movies make people believe in happy endings, Marcus is facing personal and professional burnout: his onscreen and real girlfriend just dumped him for someone else. Unlucky in love, Marcus begins to lose faith in what he has been doing and escapes to another country to find himself. With the help of a nifty magical plot device called Deus ex machina, the ubiquitous tourism slogan, "It’s More Fun in the Philippines" reaches his consciousness and he decides to fly to the breathtaking province of Ilocos Norte to flee from the media frenzy surrounding his chaotic lovelife.

He ends up in said province’s picturesque capital of Laoag where he chanced upon Joey Hermosa (Gonzales) in a hotel. Pretty Joey is actually nursing a broken heart: she is a spurned bride. So, she compensates internally by weaving her own happy endings through baking, creating wedding cakes and other sweet delights and treats.

Marcus finds himself drawn to Joey’s passion for baking, which reignites his love for his own craft, acting. He also can’t shake his fast-growing feelings of attraction towards her. But not so fast! He has to learn how to court a Filipina properly or else he and Joey would not be able to get past the I-hate-you stage of cutely and lovably annoying each other to death. Yes, the two adorable characters struggle for the right recipe that gives them a crack at their own happily-ever-after.

Just when the ingredients are falling into place with a romantic trip to Thailand, here come the fans who want Marcus back with his onscreen love mate, compounded by his overprotective mother and Joey’s own responsibilities back in the Philippines.

Is their love just a rebound affair, a holiday romance, a fantasy bubble that is about to burst or is it true, solid and strong enough to face life’s realities? Is the chemistry for real?

Catch Mario and Erich in Suddenly It’s Magic, directed by Rory Quintos, in the following cities and theatres:


Century Great Mall

1010 Great Mall Drive

Milpitas, CA 95035


Century at Tanforan

1188 El Camino Real

San Bruno, CA 94066


Century 25

32100 Union Landing

Union City, CA 94587


Century Laguna 16

9349 Big Horn Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA 95758


Edwards Cerritos Stadium

12761 Towne Center Drive

Cerritos, CA 90701


Orange Stadium Promenade

1701 W. Katella Avenue

Orange, CA 92867


Century 8 Theaters

12806 Victory Boulevard

North Hollywood, CA 91606


UA Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza

San Diego, CA 92101


Regal Village Square Stadium

9400 W. Sahara Avenue

Las Vegas, NV 89058


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