Etiquette for Mistresses is a cut above the usual mediocre and gimmicky Star Cinema serving. The cast alone is a powerhouse, even if some of them appeared in minor roles or cameos - assuring us with effective acting the story's depth requires. The dialogue and screenplay are commendable as well.
But there are still obvious and unforgivable mistakes. The most glaring is the uneven storytelling - with five women all having a tale to tell, some subplots are bound to have lesser screentime, which is frustrating given their intriguing lives. Iza Calzado felt like a supporting actress to Kim Chiu, Kris Aquino and Claudine Barretto, and that's very distasteful. The pacing is too slow in the beginning, and was rushed upon climax, as if Direk Chito realized he only has fifteen minutes left to wrap it up.