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Y tu Mamá También [Unrated] (Widescreen Subtitled) [Import]
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Julio and Tenoch are teen boys whose friendship is tested when they befriend a seductive twenty-eight year old named Luisa on a road trip, but ultimately learn more about life, sex, friendship and each other.
Genre: Foreign Film - Mexican
Release Date: 13-FEB-2007
Media Type: DVD
The enormous economic gap between the haves and have-nots in modern Mexico is a subtle undercurrent in Alfonso Cuaron's dark comedy Y Tu Mamá También. Two post-high school teens, rich preppie Tenoch and his middle-class buddy Julio, find themselves directionless and bored when their girlfriends leave for Italy for the summer. The boys' fortunes change when they hook up with Luisa, the sexy, older wife of Tenoch's cousin--recently separated from her philandering husband--and embark on a farcical road trip. What starts as a happy-go-lucky quest to the find the mythical Heaven's Mouth beach turns into an acrimonious, tense examination of their relationships with each other and their partners. Y Tu Mamá También is the kind of lively, provocative, yet bittersweet movie that rarely gets made in North America anymore. It explores sex, death, poverty, and adultery in a frank, sometimes startling manner. In its bluntness and willingness to confront difficult issues head-on, it represents everything good 21st-century filmmaking should be about. --Adem Tepedelen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But to say the movie is the Mexican equivalent of "American Pie" or "Porky's" is absurd. I'm pretty sure the director's goals were to produce something a bit more artistic than that. And to call the movie "pedophilistic", as one reviewer did! - the boys in question have graduated from high school and appear in fact to be men. And the woman they're travelling with is 29, hardly the pathetic older woman of one review. Plus it is Mexico, not Spain.
The movie is set in Mexico and is a meditation about and/or indictment of the huge class disparities of the country, and an examination of how Mexico is modernizing. It's about sex, too, of course - I got out of it that behind the macho posturing of many men, there is a yearning for closeness and connection with other men, which they cannot acknowledge. Except sometimes, when they're drunk, for example, as in the scene in this movie that so bothered some reviewers.
The movie is well-made, the dialogue is interesting - the characters actually talk, not just give enough info to move the plot along, as in so many action films - the acting is excellent, and you get to see a lot of Mexico, both the city and the country, the rich, the poor, and the middle-class.
On the technical side, the DVD transfer seems fine.
The thing that bothered me most about this movie was that the two teenage boys who serve as its focus did not ring particularly true. Critics seemed to praise Y Tu Mama Tambien for its unflinchingly realistic portrayal of adolescence, but I found this to be more of an adult's conception of teenage life. The portrayal of Tenoch and Julio relies on an endless stream of fart jokes, drug references and sexual banter to highlight their teenage status, but misses the more subtle nuances that make adolescence its own unique and interesting world. Having been a teenager not very long ago, I have to say that I didn't relate to this aspect of the movie.
Other than that, a nice way to spend a lazy afternoon. Just don't go in with sky-high expectations after reading all of the hype.
That said, this movie doesn't really have much to offer on an emotional or mental level.Two lusty 18 year old guys take along a sexy older women on a road trip. Sex is handled with nowhere near the taste and tenderness as it was in the 2001 superb Spanish film, Sex and Lucia. That said, I don't believe that this (...) was supposed to be tender or anything.But the wild romps really didn't add any sort of feeling or effect to the film, and throughout, I kind of got the feeling that the director wanted to show how sensually fearless he and his cast could be.
I feel that if this movie wasn't hyped up so much, I would've taken it for what it was, and enjoyed it: a light,entertaining, and well-filmed road movie thats a good weekend movie to watch in bed, but not much else.
As a character study with very little plot, it fails; the boys are self-absorbed, spoiled and unlikeable, and the older woman they covet is a cipher who we never really get to know, despite the endless talking. She is just the McGuffin, something for the boys to lust after and fight about and then find themselves. I guess they found themselves; the movie just sputters to a halt and I never felt like we had any closure. For this movie to work, you have to care about the characters, and I just never got to the point where I cared about them at all. Indeed, to echo another reviewer, when they turned down a dirt road when they werelost, I found myself hoping they would ride into an ambush just so the movie would be over. In that sense, I cared about them in a negative way, but I don't think that's what the movie was shooting for.
I didn't object to the sex or the nudity. Indeed, by and large, it was anything but erotic. I suspect it was a more realistic depiction of young adult sex than what we see in Hollywood movies, and as such if the MPAA ever allowed such scenes in American films, young women would never have sex again. I did object to the fact that there wasn't a single bodily fluid we didn't get to see. Be forewarned: to borrow a phrase from Seinfeld, this is a pee party.
The best part of this DVD is the 12-minute short film (apparently a student film of the director's) in the Special Features.Read more ›
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This is a good coming of age movie and I have watched it several times. The story says as much as the teens lives as it does the society of MexicoPublished on March 18 2014 by E. A. Schattschneider
Stay away from this blu-ray version, it is 1080i NOT 1080p and the transfer quality sucks. It's a great, great movie but wait until Criterion releases it... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2013 by Filmfan
This film delights in snubbing its nose at hollywood pap, like many euro and hispanic films. That is all the better for us, as this film holds nothing back in telling a wide-eyed... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2005 by scott ross
Frankly, I'm uncertain about publicly acknowledging that I viewed this movie because it really pushes the edge of decency. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Randy Keehn
this movie has two young boys masturbating on a diving board. (...)this is a horrible movie, and the director should be arrested. horrible. pure filth.Published on July 11 2004
Y u mama tambien is a shambled mess by director alfonoso cuaron who is now at the helm of directing the next potter film. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by GreatMovieCriticRobertfromUS
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