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Y Tu Mama Tambien back to product details

More than a sexy road trip
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written by SBarnett April 18, 2006 - 4:07 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Yet another film hyped as a sexy, stoned Latin gawkfest when the reality is anything but. The four or five sex scenes in the film look and feel like real people having real sex, not porn or adolescent Hollywood fantasy, and guess what, people smoke some herb and stumble around at a party and ramble around the Mexican countryside in a smoke-filled old Le Baron. But this is not a film about sex, drugs, and the open road. It is about the fall of the PRI, Chiapas, the extremes of wealth and poverty in Mexico, and the effects of class and wealth on personal relationships. It is about love and trust and betrayal. It is about risk and the decisions we make every day about how and why to live. Bernal takes over every scene he's in, and Maribel Verdu exploits the thin edge between grace and awkwardness, passion and despair, the ordinary and the transcendent. However, the film does not improve on second watching, and the extras on the DVD contribute little. All in all, a must for anyone interested in seeing more than the standard multiplex fare.

They're missing the point
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written by elsandoval67 March 26, 2005 - 8:14 AM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I read all the reviews here. Everybody focuses on the sexuality of the film. Or the buddy picture aspect. But what takes this movie out of those simplistic categories is the issue of class. We see the biting differences of socio-ecomonic-level between the two main characters especially during an argument, which the English translation/subtitles don't do justice. And we see the people around them as they drive througfh the more rural beach lands of Mexico.


We all know what "unrated" secretly means
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written by onemadhatter June 18, 2004 - 4:24 PM PDT
3 out of 11 members found this review helpful
Warning: This review contains one spoiler and flippant remarks.

In essence, this is a movie involving two teenagers who want to hump a married woman. They actually make movies like this? No wonder they hired this guy to direct Harry Potter, makes sense to me mes amis. Listen, they raged about Kate Winslet's better half showing up in *shudder* Titanic, but you certainly get more than that here. Mexico has come a long way since El Mariachi.

If you liked being a 17 year old male, you'll love this movie. If you reminisce about smoking pot, drinking, and talking about the next girl you're going to bang, you will enjoy this movie. If you understand it in Spanish... bonus points. Even better, if you've done enough drugs to damage a few brain cells, you'll actually be surprised by what happens. This is because if you have half a brain you know what's going to happen in this movie (*hint* some persons seeking to have sex with some person manage to have sex with said person).

Oh, and if you like foreign films, you'll like this no matter what because you'll secretly be aroused by the sex scenes and decry it as art under the strictest torture. This statement excludes the author of this review. I know art when I see it. Perverts.

Now, let me sum up the movie for those who need such things. Sex, thin plot involving desire of sex, naughtiness, beautiful cinematography, somewhat cosmic dialogue, sex, anguish.

The best part is the ending of the movie. It makes you walk outside and do damage to the nearest thing at hand. I f'ed up my neighbor's car, but I didn't like the moron anyway. It's the kind of ending I enjoy in a self pain-inflicting masochistic way that only an early 1900s Russian film director usually gives me and makes you say, "give us the ending we want jerkoff". Hope you like it too!

Y tu Cine
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written by EllenM December 15, 2003 - 2:37 PM PST
4 out of 9 members found this review helpful
The adolescent (male) in us can relate to the youngsters in this film which reminded me in a perverse way of "Summer of '42." The sex was handled in a fashion relevant to the story and the ages of the players. The gist and poignancy of the flick, however, are in the final five minutes. Without this brief, touching finale, it would have rated "1."

second thumb down
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written by HHitchcock November 3, 2003 - 1:42 PM PST
2 out of 8 members found this review helpful
I have to agree here that this movie was WAY overhyped. I suppose the viewer is intended to feel liberated at the end. Or motivated. Or moved. I wasn't. There is just no there there.

a lonely thumbs down
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written by jamkat79 November 3, 2003 - 9:22 AM PST
7 out of 11 members found this review helpful
As far as I can tell, this film has received nothing but glowing reviews. And it is a gorgeous film to look at. But at the risk of being a modern-day Clifton Fadiman (the bonehead who famously panned Faulkner's great novel Absalom, Absalom) I have to go on record saying I didn't like Y Tu Mama Tambien much at all, and I can't quite understand its appeal. I found the two boys here too obnoxious to watch. Yes, the film is honest, but perhaps a bit too honest in its idealization of facile, crude, pot-smoking, fart-sniffing, Beavis-and-Butthead adolescent hi-jinks, behaviors that are quite fun to participate in, but pretty tiresome to watch at length.

brilliant simple.. beautiful
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written by psychodrama311 July 9, 2003 - 12:41 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
bringing to life.. two teenage boys.. come of age.. and face a world of decisions upon them taking a trip to "heaven's mouth". with luisia.. a beautiful maiden on a freedom discovering trip. they encounter emotions they've hid.. truth's they've kept from each other.. and finally.. reality. a beautifully shot film. a great film.

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