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Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

Cast: Maribel Verdú, Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, more...
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Alfonso Cuarón
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MGM
Genre: Foreign, Coming of Age , Latin America, Mexico, Quest, Road Movies
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Mexican-born, New York-based filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron directed this Mexican box-office smash hit about a pair of randy upper-class buddies that sparked some controversy for its frank depiction of drug use and sexual exploration. With their respective girlfriends away in Europe, Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his upper-class friend Tenoch (Diego Luna) are looking forward to a summer full of drink, drugs, and cheap meaningless sex. During a wedding, they meet Luisa (Maribel Verdu) -- the 28-year-old wife of Tenoch's scholarly cousin -- and try to convince her to go on a road trip to Heaven's Mouth, a made-up beach paradise the two claim is on the Oaxacan coast. To their surprise, Luisa -- who is looking to escape her troubled life for a spell -- agrees to go along. Two days into the trip, tension starts to build between the two friends: Luisa has had sex with each, and now both lads are not-so-quietly vying for her affection. Soon simmering jealousies boil over into savage arguments, threatening to completely destroy their friendship. After an enormously successful run in Mexico and Guatemala, this film was screened to much acclaim at the 2001 Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

You might also enjoy:
Amores Perros
Another unforgettable recent film signaling a new era of Mexican cinema

Bitter Sugar
Similarly sensual Latin coming of age drama

Midaq Alley
Another side of Mexico City sexual confusion; like Amores Perros, with interwoven stories

El Crimen de Padre Amaro
Y Tu Mama's Gael Garcia Bernal starred in this even more controversial hit from Mexico


GreenCine Member Reviews

More than a sexy road trip by SBarnett April 18, 2006 - 4:07 PM PDT
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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 by elsandoval67 March 26, 2005 - 8:14 AM PST
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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 by onemadhatter June 18, 2004 - 4:24 PM PDT
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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!

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