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25 Watts (2001)

Cast: Daniel Hendler, Jorge Temponi, Alfonso Tort, more...
Director: Pablo Stoll, Juan Pablo Rebella
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Cinemateca
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Latin America
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Three teenage guys try to figure out what they're supposed to be doing with their lives in this drama from Uruguay that puts the emphasis on character over narrative. Javi has landed a job driving a sound truck that plays the same radio spot for pasta all day long, while his buddy Leche, who is supposed to be studying for his exams, instead finds himself having sexual fantasies about his tutor, and Seba is waylaid by a handful of small-time dope dealers when all he wants to do is go home and watch the porno movie he's just rented. 25 Watts' depiction of misfit teens helped it earn the Youth Jury Prize at the 2001 Rotterdam Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Something Lacking in This Film by JMVerville September 13, 2004 - 8:13 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
25 Watts might do something it wasn't meant to do -- and that is portray a boring day just as it should be portrayed: boringly. Although at times having wit and comedy, one cannot help but feel that somewhere between the script and the subtitles the true entertainment was lost.

Although this film contains a lot of original and interesting camera work combined with a pleasantly artistic depiction of daily events, it is only at the cost of excitement. The scenes which one finds to be most exciting are the scenes one finds to be the shortest.

Although the general idea behind it and the hard work put into it may seem good, in the end it is overshadowed by the general boredom. Although it was interesting, it was not entertaining. Although it kept my attention, it did not terribly enthrall me. In the end, the zany characters and moments of excitement do not cut it and leave something lacking.

Uruguayan Slackers by talltale August 2, 2004 - 5:24 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The Uruguayan 25 WATTS is a Latin American slacker movie that reflects its milieu in a pretty interesting fashion. The performances are nice, the writing and direction smart--if a bit deja vu--with the Leche character's occasional fumbling between imagined and real dialog a particular pleasure. Don't mortgage the farm for this one, but it's worth 90 minutes.

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