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5.0 out of 5 stars very good, May 21, 2003
This review is from: Y Tu Mama Tambien (DVD)
Y Tu Mama Tambien is a road movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Great Expectations). Set in Mexico we are introduced to two 17 year old boys having sex with their girlfriends. The girlfriends are about to leave for a trip to Italy so they are looking to get just a little bit more fun in before the trip. They leave, and Tenoch and Julio are left to find their own entertainments. They are part of Mexico�s upper middle class and while at a party (thrown by one of their parents), they meet an older woman (in her late twenties). Not expecting her to accept, they invite Louisa to a fictitious beach called �Heaven�s Mouth�. After learning of her husband�s infidelity, Louisa takes the trip. Tenoch and Julio pretend they know where they are going and head towards a beach they hope will really be there when they get there.
This is a very sexual film, from the opening scenes to the denoument. There is a lot of discussion about sex, a fair amount of sex scenes (graphic and tender at the same time), and this just feels honest. We are not given nudity for the sake of nudity because in this film it feels essential to the ability to tell the story. The camera shows, but doesn�t linger.
The road trip and the development of the characters are extremely well done and the film rises well above the concept of the source material. We see Tenoch and Julio begin to grow up and grow into the men they will likely become. They begin the movie very immature and only looking for sex, drugs, and hanging with their friends. This movie shows the first steps beyond their childhood. Y Tu Mama Tambien could have easily become a Mexican version of American Pie or Road Trip, but this is much, much better. Highly recommended with a warning of a lot of sex and nudity.
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Initial post: Apr 29, 2008 2:09:39 AM PDT
e5150 says:
why a warning about sex and nudity??? I can understand a warning about animal mutilation or child rape, but for something as beautiful and natural and human as sex and nudity?? What a bunch of sheltered puritans most of us are...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2011 5:39:41 PM PDT
NM Native says:
Not something some of us (not me) would want to see, like it or not. And you sure don't want to be watching it with kids around. Get a grip, dude - adult themes are for adults who are adults. That doesn't apply to everyone.
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