TU MAMA TAMBIEN (AND YOUR MOTHER TOO)
Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Maribel Verdu
Co-Writer/Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Running Time: 105 mins
Julio (Garcia Bernal)
and Tenoch (Luna) had been best friends forever, classing themselves as
Charolastras (Spiritual Cowboys) and when their girlfriends went away to
Europe for the summer, they saw it as a chance to have a holiday filled
with enough sex and drugs, that they would remember it for the rest of their
lives. At a family dinner they met Luisa (Verdu), who had just come to Mexico
from Spain with her husband Jano, Tenoch's cousin. Flirting with her to
two promised to show Luisa the best beach in Mexico, Boca del Cielo (Heaven's
Mouth) but Luisa declines not really wanting to spend her vacation with
two seventeen year-old boys who would just spend their time lusting over
her. This all changes after she hears some devastating news that makes her
just want to get away. So the three start a journey that will change their
lives and friendships forever but Julio and Tenoch have one big problem,
how do they tell Luisa that the beach doesn't exist?
After all the resent
America attempts at the sex-driven, teen, road movie, Y Tu Mama Tambien
arrives on the big screen as a breath of fresh air. Both sexy and funny,
this is a coming of age movie that pulls no punches and draws you into the
lives of these two best friends.
from the three principle actors, Luna, Garcia Bernal and Verdu are extremely
convincing. Luna's and Garcia Bernal's real life friendship comes through
to make their characters very believable, therefore drawing you into the
story. Verdu proves good support as Luisa, the object of the boy's desires,
who has a few secrets of her own all adding to your interest in what happens
to this travelling threesome.
The direction by
Alfonso Cuaron captures the beautiful Mexican scenery completely and shows
more of the promise he showed in his modern day adaptation of Great Expectations,
with Ethan Hawk and Gwyneth Paltrow in 1999.
Not afraid to show
the funnier side of sex in all its entirety, the movie has some laugh out
loud moments while the rest will keep a smile on your face throughout. The
middle section of the movie does drag abit and the constant interruptions
by the narrator, telling you all the background information on every single
character that is introduced, does become abit irritating but the movie
is far better than anything the American market has produced in a long time.
The characters are real and not the caricatures of teenage life that Hollywood
has always shown us, making this a more believable and fun experience.