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Movie Review: Bear Cub

Alternate Title: Bernardo Has 12 Daddies

Story: A peak into contemporary diverse Madrid is sweetly depicted by director Miguel Abaladejo in this film about an adult, well to do, homosexual man who suddenly becomes guardian of his 10 year old nephew, Bernardo.

This 'bear' of a man and his entourage of similar looking friends have a community that would be the envy of any segment of the population, anywhere.

It is a charming, loving portrait of family. There are glitches along the way including prejudice, the umbrella scourge of AIDS and a touch of blackmail.

Do not let the title fool you. This is not a film for children.

Acting: Terrific portrayals by the entire cast. Special kudos to young Bernardo, David Castillo and Jose Luis Garcia Perez as his Uncle.

Predilection: I like foreign films.

Food: Lots of good home Spanish cooking.

Visual Art: Upper middle class Spanish society is depicted nicely. Paintings, prints and posters galore.

Theater Audience: A handful of guys any who could have been one of Bernardo's daddies.

Sappy Factor: 2 - The ending went a bit Hallmark for me.

Quirky Meter: 2

Drift Range: I only drifted when sighing about how this would NEVER play in middle America.

Squirm Scale: 0

Predictability Level: I wasn't sure where this film was going.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No.

Nit Picking: The subtitles were blurry and very annoying.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: 100 minutes.