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Movie Review: Y Tu Mama Tambien

Story: I loved this film! It is the best combination road trip - coming of age film I have ever seen. Director Alfonso Cuaron (The Little Princess, Great Expectations) has handled these often used themes with such brilliance that this film could be the defining reference from now on. for this genre. He captures male teenage energy and sexual preoccupation without reducing his characters to an American Pie level.

Two boys, Tenoch and Julio, who come from different socioeconomic levels of Mexican society are trying to occupy themselves for the summer after their two girlfriends leave for a European vacation. Fortune shines on them when they meet Tenoch's older cousin. Luisa, through marriage and the threesome embark on a road trip to the beach.

This film is about class, the transitory nature of life, politics, sex, teenage homoerotica, family, love, maturation and the beauty of Mexico* and its people. (*Alert: I have spent a lot of time in Mexico and love that country and its people. This film depicts it all perfectly).

In the break a rule category: There is an ever present narrator. Longtime LOBO readers know how I feel about narration in a film...I usually hate it. However, the narration in this wonderful film works beautifully and I had absolutely no objection.

This film was originally banned in Mexico. Protests were rampant and now it is the biggest hit the Mexican cinema has ever had. People are flocking to see it...as they should.

Acting: The threesome in the ensemble cast are brilliant.

Critters: It is Mexico, of course there are critters everywhere.

Food: Again, it is Mexico, there is lots of food...and drink.

Visual Art: Meticulous attention was given to the visual storytelling as well by Cuaron. The furnishings and art in each of the characters abodes is very revealing.

Blatant Product Placement: None.

Soundtrack: A wonderful combination of international songs.

Opening Titles: I think all of the credits are at the end.

Theater Audience: A few early in the day film lovers and us.

Predictability Level: High, but I did not care.

Oscar Worthy: Yes.

Nit Picking: Nada.

Big Screen or Rental: Run to the big screen.

Length: Under two hours.

LOBO HOWLS: 9