I’m Drunk, I Love You teaches us that being free means facing our worries head-on
After its theatrical premiere in 2017 and its release on YouTube last year, I’m Drunk, I Love You has finally made its way to Netflix. With each drop, I found myself making it a point to watch Carson (Maja Salvador) and Dio (Paulo Avelino) in their pursuit of freedom—a conquest that brought them to the shores of La Union and back home to Manila. It’s wonderfully shot with an equally enthralling soundtrack of OPM tunes, but what’s it about this film that makes it so timeless? Maybe because it’s about more than unrequited love.
This is one "I love you" I won't be saying "sana all" to ? I'm Drunk, I Love You is now streaming ? pic.twitter.com/RaWPM9kndF
— Netflix Philippines (@Netflix_PH) September 15, 2021
The movie is a mix of hard-hitting realizations, well-timed humor and is littered with perfect background music for emotional scenes. Each clip breathes life into the most mundane moments we’ve lived through. Yet, these are the times that give us the biggest realizations. We’ve experienced confessions blocked by unwarranted company, breaking down in the middle of a meal and saying things we didn’t mean in the heat of the moment. All of these are already ironic and humorous. It gets reinforced by Jason Ty’s (Dominic Roco) punchy jabs and timechecks, Carson’s confessions disguised as comebacks and Dio’s cheeky-but-mysterious behavior.
I’m Drunk, I Love You is a long-standing reflection of our chase for freedom, either from love or the burdens of adulthood. We see it in Dio figuring out his next steps in law school and Carson being afraid of verbalizing her overwhelming feelings for her best friend. Heck, we even see it in Jason Ty trying to break the monotony by doing something spontaneous. But if you look a little deeper, the movie sends a message we need to remember in the long run.
Our priorities might have changed as we grew older, but we still find ourselves running away. Because even if IDILY is set in college, where their troubles were seemingly more manageable to work out than those of the present, we still feel that need to escape. To avoid confronting something haunting us. Even as grown adults, we all want a chance to drop all responsibilities for a moment and enjoy what’s in the present.
But whether you’re a Carson who needs to outgrow bad habits or a Dio who avoids the hard conversations, real life will still come knocking at your door no matter how far you run.
I’m Drunk, I Love You teaches us that being free means facing our worries head-on. It’s easier and less scary than the worst-case scenario we conjure up in our heads. Sure, it’ll hurt you. It might even beat you ‘til you’re down. But it’s better than sticking around and letting the unknown eat you whole. The movie paints a picture of the rollercoaster of a journey of self-discovery: it’s filled with tears, heartbreak and disappointment. But what matters most is that we face it, even as troubled fresh graduates or as 20-somethings who need a time check every now and then.
Catch I’m Drunk, I Love You on Netflix.
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver