"Y Tu Mamá También"
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
Written by Alfonso Cuarón.
Starring Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Maribel Verdú.
Release Year: 2001
Review Date: 4/8/02
"Y Tu Mama Tambien" (And Your Mother, Too)
is the best film I've seen this year. It's so good that you ought
to consider leaving work right now to go and see it, if you haven't
already. In fact, since I left the theater, all I could think of to
tell you good people is what might dissuade you from seeing this
spectacular film. So, I'll give it a try.
A. You don't like sex
Because I am an American, I am forced time
and again to sit through ridiculously bad sex scenes in
American-made films. Either they are not hot enough, or they
feature couplings between unattractive people, or there is
pseudo-porn keyboard being played over the action. There are a
couple of pretty steamy scenes in "Y Tu Mama Tambien"...maybe I'll
just leave it at that. But, maybe you don't like sex, or for that
matter, sex scenes that will make you wave that little hand fan to
relieve the tension? If so, skip this movie. Also, there is so
much good, dirty sex conversation in this film that the filmmakers
opted for an NR rating (not rated) to get it into theaters, because
this surely would have been an NC-17 here in the US otherwise.
B. You don't like great characters
Hey, maybe you prefer movies that don't have
lead characters that have any chemistry, or characters that are
friends and they make you like them almost from the get-go. If so,
this film is CLEARLY not for you. You will find that, because the
two lead characters in this film, Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) and
Tenoch (Diego Luna), are best buddies and they are funny from the
start, you might like these two guys too much and that would be bad
if you don't like great characters.
C. You don't like movies that make you
Sure, the setup for this film is quite
simple--the two leads take a just-separated woman named Luisa (Maribel
Verdu, ridiculously shapely)--on a trip to the beach in modern-day
Mexico--but, the symbolism and the mixed messages that subtly come
out while the threesome is on the road are fantastic; in fact, much
like the thriller "Run Lola Run" with Franka Potente a few years
back, I loved the way that "Y Tu Mama Tambien" randomly inserts
backstory on the characters we get to meet throughout the course of
the film with voiceover. It makes a great movie even better by
showing us that it isn't just about this one little road trip.
D. You want to see this film with a
"Y Tu Mama Tambien" is moving, hilarious,
and has a raw sexuality in both its dialogue and its physical
actions. But, if you are considering taking someone you just met on
a date to see this film, that would be the worst mistake of your
life, even worse than taking someone to see
"Monster's Ball" on a
first date. Why? If you see this movie, you will know what I mean
when I say that you shouldn't laugh TOO hard in the scene just
before the car's radiator blows. Or, when the guys detail how they
go about seducing a woman. Or any of the 25 times that the boys use
some variation of the word that rhymes with "bunt." I'll leave it
After seeing this movie, I was 85% sure that
I was going to move to Mexico (where the film is based) next week.
Then I realized I have to go to work as somebody's office bitch
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard