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The comedy about five ordinary guys who meet under the worst circumstances and form a band in search for stardom in the world of norteno music begins when "Don Apolinar," a gifted oboe player educated in the most prestigious of conservatories, loses his job and wife. Sad and lonely, he decides to try his luck up in northern Mexico, forming a group with others like him who have nothing to lose. The men decide to create fake celebrity identities, with the exception of "Zacarias," who after a career in the state's police force, trades his guns in to live his dream of becoming a star. Under the direction of "Don Apolinar" (Humberto Busto) on the accordion, "Faquir" (Armando Hernandez) on the guitar, "Botarga" (Andres Almeida) on the base, "Menonita" (Marius Biegai) on the drums and "Zacarias" (Miguel Rodarte) as lead singer, the group begins playing small gigs until a stroke of luck takes them to some of Mexico's biggest stages. Not before hitting several comedic bumps along the way however.
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And so our heros embark on a series of (mis)adventures with their band that will have them run into mystic shamans, dubious managers, jealous husbands and girlfriends, a local drug kingpin that holds them hostage so that they give a private session only for him (something we know never happens in Mexico, right?), etc., until one of their songs shoots them straight to number one in the Mexican charts. But will the road to success spoil the relation between our very odd bunch of musicians? Or will they sell more records than both Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias?
As I said, this is one of the funniest tv series I've seen in a while, mixing humor with music and songs. This is a sort of Spinal Tap of the norteño grupero bands. For most of the run of the first season, the chapters generally hold up, though there are a couple of episodes that seem more like fillers than anything else, but the series was quite successful in Mexico, so a second season has already been shot and will shortly be shown on cable tv.
It's good to find this dvd in America, and hopefully they'll also put out the second season as well. There are english subtitles, but most of the dialog is in Mexican slang, so it'd be more enjoyable if you actually speak the language. There are also a couple of extras, mostly about how great everyone in the show is (you know, the usual back-slapping claptrap), but this series is worth alone for every actor involved, as I can't figure anyone else playing those hilarious characters. Which come to think of, is a very good thing indeed. Maybe it's because I don't know any of the actors involved, since I'm not from Mexico, and so it gives this series an air of freshness that is gladly appreciated.
the cast is perfect, especially Humberto Busto (Apolinar) and Maria Aura (Margara), and Andrés Almeida (Botarga) and Armando Hernández (Faquir), whose facial expressions are just priceless. they play off one another really well. i LOVE Ignacio Guadalupe and Patricia Reyes Spíndola and must credit them for my interest to begin with in watching this hilarious show, as i was totally unfamiliar with los héroes when i began watching. the cameos are a treat, since they're mostly novela stars from televisa that i'm familiar with. Sandra León Becker did a fantastic job casting.
then there's the music. i really got in to mariachis during La Hija del Mariachi. LHdN is helping me branch out into the norteña genre. sometimes the vocals are a little rough, but if you've ever heard José Alfredo Jiménez, you know this isn't always a bad thing. it makes the songs more heartfelt and like just your regular person is singing them. it's not overproduced to sound "perfect", yet it's still tender and sweet. "Lo Intentamos" is my fave song. "No Puedo Evitar Pensar en Ti" is another really great love song.
i am constantly reminded of Monty Python when i watch this. it has that same funny, familiar feel to me.
i'm starting the segunda temporada on telerisible (sic) now and thought the use of stock footage of Pedro Infante's funeral procession was hilarious. one must see this to know why; i won't spoil it. definitely watch this series!!!
Pero como dije al principio, hay gustos para todo.
Pero para mi es una tristeza que el cine mexicano y la television Mexicana, aunque han aprendido mucho de los valores de producción Americanos, los guiones y argumentos siguen siendo de pobrisima calidad.