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Y Tu Mama Tambien

A movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón

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A whole new world opening up

  • Oct 26, 2002
Rating:
+3
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 Spain, but there IS a sense of experimentation, go-for-broke effect that just feels right. This film is graced by the beauty of Maribel Verdu (perhaps the fact that she is from Spain adds to her level of sophisication) but the gleam comes from Gael Garcia Bernal who once again, as in AMORES PERROS, reveals a young actor with explosive screen presence and who gives every indication that he is a star in the making.

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Quick Tip by . May 04, 2010
Surprisingly good Yet Brilliantly simple...
review by . December 02, 2009
posted in Reel Overseas
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 . November 02, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
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  wrong.   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 …
review by . February 09, 2006
This film is frank and honest with the viewer from the opening to the close. "Y Tu Mama Tambien" totally focuses on the whole universe around sex. Julio (Gael García Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna) really think they have it all figured out but Luisa ( Maribel Verdu) really shows them the ways on how to truly appreciate a woman sexually. It undoubtedly revolve around sexuality that is quite perverse. It shows male behavior as it coincides with who he has sex with and how he pleases himself. Luisa, …
review by . October 26, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
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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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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