set in the urban poor area of manila, the streets are all too familiar. these are the streets most people would avoid, holding their purses tighter as they pass through. but as opposed to a lot of reviews, this part of manila has always been seen and most of the time, sensationalized. after all, poverty porn has always been an acquired taste of most filipinos, especially the elites.
Pamilya Ordinaryo has long been the reality for a lot of filipinos. poverty, teenage pregnancy, power tripping, misogyny, and homophobia—to name a few—have always been real. this film makes sure you're disgusted and angry at the system, and then what? it just makes the struggles of the poor acceptable and leaves no redemption arc for the characters, making them stuck in their poverty narrative.
overall, it is still a good film. the actors' performances are promising. the direction is great. however, some of the cctv scenes felt a little too long.