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Y Tu Mama Tambien

A movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón

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Light and Sexy Film with a dark twist

  • Nov 2, 2006
Maribel Verdù lights up the screen in
this casually photographed and gritty-pretty
road movie. Comparisons to Sonia Braga
will inevitably be made and they won't be
Two teenage boys borrow a
car for a road trip and miraculously find
themselves bringing along the slightly
older woman of every teenaged boy's
dream. Verdù is impossibly delicious but
somehow approachable: a believable object
of desire.
The film is hardly an examination of rural
poverty as some have claimed. The typical
turista's travel photos have more
acknowledgement of Mexican poverty. What it
is is a representation of the goofy
exuberance of mid-adolescence and the
ordinary beauty of the country. There is
an aura of innocence that hangs over the
boys' vulgarity and the woman's sensuality
that makes the whole adventure as sweet
as it is sexy.
Where the film falls down is the ending.
The boys and the woman have had a
great time, the sex has been exuberant
if not exactly skilled. And so, the
youngish voice of an off-screen narrator
tells us that there is a price to pay.
(Mexico is a Catholic country and guilt
will out)
The kindly fisherman is put
out of a job by the big bad developers,
the girl has cancer and the boys never
speak to each other again. It almost
feels as if the director caught us and
himself having a good time and had to
punish us for it. too bad.

In spite of this, the film is beautiful
and sensual and well worth seeing. And
did I mention Maribel Verdù ?

Lynn Hoffman, author of The New Short Course in Wine from Prentice Hall and the forthcoming novel bang-BANG from Kunati Press.

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Where to begin? Superficially, it's a fantastic sex comedy/road trip movie/coming of age film, some of the most well-worn genres in filmmaking, but chances are the viewer won't even notice that it fits into those genres. The performances of the three leads are uniformly magnificent, and the drama, or even melodrama, never seems forced, and leads to a climax that's shocking, funny, necessary, joyous, and tragic all at once.       But that initial description doesn't even get into …
review by . October 26, 2002
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Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN is yet another example (like AMORES PERROS) of how the films from Mexico have a unique style that is maturing rapidly. The pace of this tour de force of the effects of testosterone on young lads is breathless, so much so that the viewer yearns for the moments of stillness that do come and are all the more poignant for there role as relief. Much praise has been heaped on this film and I think for the most part it is well deserved. There is not the sophistication of the films from …
review by . October 26, 2002
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Pros: lots of sex, drugs, and liquor. funny     Cons: if you're a prude...     The Bottom Line: 'It must be the heat.'     Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot. Last night, Y Tu Mama Tambien was playing in my university's film series. I'd never seen the cinema so packed. Hundreds of students packed the theatre and dozens more queued outside. No doubt everyone had heard that this film features a lot of …
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I cook therefore I. .therefore I eat. No, maybe that's thereby I eat'.   Anyway, I love food, beer and wine: I like to write about them too,(The New Short Course in Wine is adapted from … more
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This beautifully filmed, expertly acted movie about two 17-year-old, middle-class Mexican boys on summer break is deceivingly complex. The basic plot of the film is that best friends Tenoch (Diego Luna, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS) and Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal, AMORES PERROS), who think of nothing but sex, convince a beautiful 28-year-old woman, Luisa (Maribel Verdu), to go on a road trip with them to a nonexistent beach. They get lost. They flirt and giggle and fawn over Luisa hoping to win her over with their boyish charms. And that's about it. But that simple plotline merely provides structure for the poetry and meaning that is woven into the film with photography and narration. Periodically throughout the film, while the action continues normally, the sound stops. A voice over then gives information--sometimes a brief biography of one of the characters (birth date, name of father and mother, consequences of birth, primary childhood experiences), or a note about what each of the characters is really thinking...
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