Synopsis by Mark Deming
An ambitious young Filipino wants to come to the United States but is foiled at every turn in this comedy. Jess (Robin Padilla) has been trained as a nursing assistant, but he's currently making ends meet as a taxi driver. Jess would like to go to America and start his career over again, but his attempts to get a visa have been repeatedly unsuccessful. And as much as Jess wants to leave, he's torn by his responsibilities to his father, Mang Sancho (Johnny Delgado), who despite poor health still has en eye for the ladies, and his affection for his former girlfriend Mara (Rufa Mae Quinto), who impersonates a mermaid at a circus midway and has an eight-year-old son who may have been fathered by Jess. Jess may have found a way into America when he's hired to drive a limousine for Nigel Adams (Paul Holme), an American television producer working for a reality TV show specializing in bizarre behavior from around the world. Nigel can get Jess papers to work in the United States if he helps him get the right kind of footage, but is Jess willing to be literally crucified as part of a local Holy Week ceremony in order to pursue his dream?