She’s Dating The Gangster

She’s Dating the Gangster is a 2014 Filipino teen romantic comedy-drama film based on the best Pop Fiction book of the same name originally published on’s Teen Talk section and it was popularized on Wattpad by Bianca Bernardino. The film is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.


It all started when 17-year-old Athena Dizon unwittingly plays a trick on resident heartthrob and bad boy, Kenji de los Reyes. All of a sudden, she finds herself pretending-unwillingly at that-to be his girlfriend to make his ex jealous. Now, not only does she have to deal with dirty looks from the girls in school who want Kenji for themselves, but her supposed boyfriend is getting on her nerves. He’s hotheaded, never seems to agree with her on anything-and everything about him screams gangster.

International Screenings & Domestic Box Office

Due to the film’s huge success, it was screened internationally in selected countries like United States, Canada, Australia, and United Arab Emirates.The film grossed $222,000 after 3 days of showing in North America[8] and $111,000 more after 10 days for a total of $333,000. The total gross, from the 2-week US and 3-week Canada screenings as well as the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore screenings, to due has yet to be released by the Star Cinema.

According to Star Cinema’s advertising manager Mico del Rosario, the film gathered PHP 15 million (US$340,000) on its first day of showing. This was in spite of a powerful typhoon, Glenda, that hit the country that day that caused power outages across the country and delayed the opening of mall cinemas. By August 3, 2014, the film distributor announced that the film grossed an estimated PHP 270 Million in a little less than 3 weeks. At the She’s Dating the Gangster Thanksgiving Party on August 7, 2014, ABS-CBN’s Malou Santos officially announced that the film had earned over PHP 310 million in domestic gross with five remaining screening days left.

Official Trailer

Memorable Lines

“Go sexy! Go sexy! Go sexy, sexy, love!” – Athena

“I can’t breathe.” – Kenji

“Ano ba namang titig yan! Pafall!” -Kelay

“Lucky are those who find true love at the right time.” – Kenneth

“Kelay, pwede bang simulan na natin yung ‘Great Love Story’ natin?” – Kenneth


From Rappler:

Whether it’s mistakenly sent beeper messages or flirtatious rounds of billiards, She’s Dating the Gangster goes straight for the heart: the kilig factor. When left to her own devices, director Cathy Garcia-Molina shows why Bernardo and Padilla’s reign as the country’s premiere love team is a well-deserved title.

From PEP:

Kathryn Bernardo’s Athena Dizon is a more fragile and down-to earth version of the Athena in the novel who is cheeky and worldly. Daniel Padilla’s Kenji is a more faithful portrayal of the novelette’s hero. As Kenneth, his dramatic ability is brought to the fore in the confrontation scenes and touching moments with his father. The chemistry between Daniel and Kathryn is amazing.

From Nood.PH:

Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo play the lead roles, both of the present-day Kenneth and Kelay, and the young Kenji and Athena. It’s a perfect vehicle for a love team with the strongest chemistry anywhere, as their fans get two stories in one movie. It needs to be mentioned that Bernardo is able to differentiate her two characters using subtle but effective acting variations.

From Inquirer:

This time around, the teen tandem doesn’t just parlay its potent chemistry into box-office gold, it makes wise use of Daniel and Kathryn’s growing confidence as actors—thanks to director Cathy Garcia-Molina, who coaxes credible characterizations that require them to move farther away from their comfort zones.

From IMDB:

A big part of its success is the superb casting of today’s most popular teen love team, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, both as Kenneth and Kelay of the present day, and Kenji and Athena of a generation ago. It was also an inspired casting coup to get the biggest love team twenty years ago, Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta to play the senior Kenji and Athena.

Both sets of actors have so much positive chemistry with each other that it radiates through the screen into the movie theater. They do not even have to speak to titillate their rapt audiences. The best scenes of the film did not have words: Daniel riding to school on his skateboard, Kathryn smiling with her new haircut, Richard carrying Dawn from the wheelchair to the bench, Dawn radiantly coming into view from the bedroom. Director Cathy Garcia-Molina knows how to use the best assets of her actors to convey the most emotion, even without words..

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