There are some things in life that people just never forget, and there’s hardly a specific formula as to what these can be. It could be a concert, a book, a conversation, or it could even come in the form of another person. The moments where we feel like we were able to unlock some of the mysteries of the world through sudden and accidental awakenings are the exact moments where we have inched our way towards maturity, finally seeing things from a different perspective. After which, we feel yet another need to explore and find out more.
Petersen Vargas’ full-length debut 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten delves into the life of a high school misfit named Felix (Khalil Ramos) and how it changes forever after meeting the ever so strange half-American Snyder brothers (Ethan Salvador and Jameson Blake). Written by Mercury is Mine director Jason Paul Laxamana, it’s more than just a coming-of-age film about the struggles of growing up (cue: The Breakfast Club anthem). Tackling the hard truths about friendship, love, loss, and hope as well as the future that everyone rarely talks about, the film takes the conversation deeper and beyond mere teenage angst.
Edgy and straightforward, it proves to be more than what it seemed from its already interesting trailer, keeping the audience on their toes with gripping scenes and a conflicted narrative, all while setting a comedic side by pointing out societal problems with witty banters. There’s so much to be said about just how beautifully Laxamana has written the film’s screenplay, complemented by its perfect translation into imagery by Vargas. Not to mention the equally memorable score provided by Aly Cabral (check out our interview with the musician here). Being an extraordinarily original piece of work, it remains fresh in the minds of its audience long after the credits have rolled. If anything, it is 2 cool 2 be 4gotten.–THE DORK KNIGHT