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A whimsical, contemporary ensemble comedy that stars five of Spain's most celebrated and beloved actresses as strong willed mothers learning to cope with the family conflicts surrounding the marriages of their sons during Spain's first ever en masse gay wedding. Hilarious high jinx and mayhem unfold as the mothers learn to deal with their own prejuidices, history and desires. With the "I do's" pending, will the hearts of the Queen mothers find the strength and love to give their sons away on their special day?

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  • Actors: Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Verónica Forqué, Mercedes Sampietro, Betiana Blum
  • Directors: Manuel Gómez Pereira
  • Writers: Manuel Gómez Pereira, Joaquín Oristrell, Yolanda García Serrano
  • Producers: José Luis Escolar
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Liberation Ent
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IY04SG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Queens" on IMDb

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elisa on July 5, 2010
Format: DVD
The movie obviously plays with the word "queens". Queens are the grooms who are planning their collective marriage soon after Spain recognition of their right; truth be told no one of them is a real "queen", maybe only Miguel, the son of wealthy hotel chain owner, Carmen Maura, who has problem to be in synthony with his future husband's mother and also her dog. His lover is fitness trainer Oscar who is all but not flamboyant. Then there is lawyer Hugo and his politician future husband Narciso. Where Hugo is still fighting his homosexuality, Narciso is all for being out and proud... but there will be some cheating around from both side that will put in danger their future marriage. And finally there are sweet lovers Jonas and Rafa, two former teenager fiancees that, despite social status difference and the issue between their respective parents, fought against everyone and everything to finally be able to claim their love.

BTW the second meaning of the word "queens" refers to all the great female actresses who play the role of the mothers.

The movie is a classical example of modern Spanish cinema, a choral movie full of situation and great actors, with a funny mood that never let go down the smile.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on October 25, 2007
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'Reinas' features three significant muses of Pedro Almodóvar - Verónica Forqué, Carmen Maura and Marisa Paredes. The backstory is that director / collaborating writer Manuel Gómez Pereira wanted to feature four Almodóvarian staples, targeting Victoria Abril as his fourth (which would have been a real coup). Instead, the fourth role went to Mercedes Sampietro, not as well known to US audiences but a regal presence in Spanish television. The fifth Queen is Betiana Blum, an Argentinian whose high-energy presence is perfect for this often-screwball comedy.

Reinas is all about these ladies. That their gay sons are getting married seems hardly the point to Gómez Pereira - those young actors are just part of the woodwork, staying mostly to the sidelines as these ladies chew through the scenery.

There are two standouts on the male side though: Lluís Homar - who US audiences know as the tempted priest in Bad Education - is a Catalan ringer for Kelsey Grammer (he's Paredes' gardener/wanna-be paramour); and it's a delight to see the wonderful Cuban actor Jorge Perugorría (he's hotel owner Maura's chef/dish on the side). [You want to see great acting? Check out Perugorría in Strawberry & Chocolate and then in Guantanamera.
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Director Manuel Gómez Pereira has long been respected both in Spain and around the world for his edgy, hilarious, clever and wildly entertaining films. Writing with Yolanda García Serrano he has hit the mark with QUEENS ('Reinas') not only in taking on controversial subject matter and creating a successful comedy out of politically dangerous topic, but he has also done so by avoiding the usual pitfalls of gay stereotypes, making the focus of this film about Spain's approval of gay marriages not on the men involved, but instead on their mothers - the real Queens.

The story is fairly straightforward (if you will): there is to be a group wedding of gay couples in which three of the couples involved have frantic problems with their mothers' attending. Some of the mothers approve, others despair, others take advantage of the situation to meet their own needs. The effect of these 'double mothers-in-law' on the six men involved is packed with surprises, secrets, bizarre behavior, confessions, manifestations of life patterns less than reputable, and whirling dervish spins on acceptance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ABC_Easy_As_123 on August 23, 2011
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I would typically give this type of silly movie three stars but among the cast are two of my favorite actors Carmen Maura and Marisa Paredes. Their performances are always wonderful, hence my reason for purchasing this movie.

It is a progressive movie about mothers who are supportive of their gay sons who are taking advantage of the new marriage laws for gays in Spain. It covers the lives of several gay couples (and their parents) and the problems they face such as social, economic conflict of families united through wedlock, the shock and adjustments for parents of gay sons who are trying to adjust and accept their gay sons as they are, sexual deviant behavior is thrown in the mix and all is quite humorous and silly.

It is a mixture of light, silly humor intermingled with the progressive changes for gay rights which can be a delicate topic for people. It's not a terribly moving or thought provoking movie but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
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