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Y Tu Mama Tambien
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Hitchhiking fairytales,"
3 stars

An extended degradation of the fairytale mentality from director Alfonso Cuarón.

His latest and closest to home (in language and setting, that is) sifts out the typical magic and wonder beginning with A Little Princess, and yanks the throttle of sexuality to out-perform the sweaty-palmed lust of Great Expectations. There is nothing remotely chaste about the horny teenagers, the sybaritic older woman, or the extension of their road trip/sexual odyssey, but the unusual and unrealistic frankness of the subject matter quickly erodes to a kinky peep show, a competition to out-sex the other, whether in terms of dirty talk, masturbation, or copulation. Not all of the magical mixture has been packed away or rejected, after all, the parties involved are of the lubricious Barbie and Ken ideal: Goya in Bordeaux’s Maribel Verdú, Amores Perros’ Gael García Bernal, Before Night Falls’ Diego Luna. The scenery along the way to Heaven’s Mouth hardly measures up to the “bedroom” scenery, despite the ongoing joke that neither of the guys can last very long. In the minimalist terms of an adventure, the trip certainly sets its sights, applies a pace, and happily travels with the spicy intent riding shotgun. Fantasy or delusion might be Cuarón’s only defenses relating to the exaggerated forms, including the curvy and limp content (at least indicating his diplomacy to the sexes), the lazily concocted Améliesque narration (telling, otherwise, what is too much work to show), as well as the constant bobbing and swaying of Emmanuel Lubezki’s camerawork.

With Ana López Mercado and María Aura.


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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 Brisbane Film Festival. For more in the 2005 Brisbane Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

10/05/18 morris campbell not bad kind of sad 4 stars
5/31/10 User Name Like American Pie- except more intelligent. And Spanish.. 4 stars
5/09/07 Nic what can i say other than- offering a dream like exsistance with super sexy stars 5 stars
8/01/06 Agent Sands Comfy, atmospheric, incredibly sexual slice of life. 5 stars
11/22/05 Jin Smut. I can get this with any trashy american film 1 stars
7/20/05 Chris Its the smarter Mexican version of American Pie 5 stars
12/07/04 Selene I love it 5 stars
10/27/04 Daveman Alfonso Cuaron proves himself to be one of the greatest contemporary directors. 5 stars
8/21/04 tatum Touching, sad, and sexy as hell 5 stars
8/05/04 Maureen Loved it. 5 stars
5/26/04 DM Smart, funny and frank, but the leads pissed me off at times 4 stars
5/06/04 Ross slow story line, almost to the point of boring. 2 stars
2/03/04 glenn george menor one of the best.. very rare.. very true.. 5 stars
12/15/03 asdf 1234 5 stars
12/01/03 matt okay not that great! 3 stars
11/19/03 HorrorScribbler Hypnotic. The final revelation pulls everything together. 4 stars
11/11/03 kimberley h. This movie offers a lot to the viewers, more than that meets the eye. 5 stars
9/28/03 Harry Clearly one of the best crossover roadtrip movies made. 5 stars
8/12/03 lm excellent... 5 stars
8/05/03 Lorenz Esguerra Amazing movie! So engaging! 4 stars
5/20/03 mr. Pink One of the best movies of 2002. A passionate, moving, hilarious, sexy classic in the making 5 stars
5/15/03 Piz Slow starting out but an overall winner 4 stars
3/24/03 Maegs I loved this movie... 5 stars
2/25/03 y2mckay Triangle man, Triangle man, said it better than I can 5 stars
2/04/03 Drunk Love Y tu mama tambien, eh Triangle Man? 4 stars
1/09/03 Goofy Maxwell "We can do a little sumthin' sumthin", but can we still B friends? 4 stars
1/05/03 Jade Ramirez Years' Best! 5 stars
1/03/03 Vikki This was well, well worth the view!!!!!! 5 stars
12/31/02 Andy Todes if you rate this less than 4 stars it's a travesty. what was the last film YOU made? 5 stars
12/27/02 Stevo Funny, fast, sexy, moving, everything; great movie 5 stars
12/07/02 Phil M. Aficionado Almost awesome. Earthy, gritty, kooky, and entertaining. 4 or 5? See it and decide. 4 stars
12/01/02 Ange Cook an amazing film that should be seen by all; unstoppable 5 stars
11/28/02 Gaiia excellent!!! 5 stars
11/05/02 brentley Excellent movie, from start to finish. 5 stars
11/01/02 beatriz a nice quest for self-knowledge......i would'nt mind going on a trip with those two.. 5 stars
10/26/02 Diana What I would give,to spend one night with Tenoch and Julio 5 stars
10/24/02 jamierich If you want a male bonding flick, see Jules and Jim, not this pale copy. 1 stars
10/24/02 Catstepper Sadly inevitable ending 5 stars
10/21/02 oscar this is just reality, the best I've seen. muy bueno 5 stars
10/11/02 kron awesome....they should premeir it in the usa 5 stars
10/08/02 mirko lujan amores perros (love's a bitch) is a great film too... 3 stars
10/03/02 Joaquin Santiago Great movie! Also worth watching is "Amores Perros" 5 stars
9/23/02 yavanna very hot and sexy 5 stars
9/04/02 wintermute pretty dull, wish they had tacked some interesting characters into it. 2 stars
8/22/02 Pierce Lanson VERY sexy,VERY open, VERY revealing (of onesself), VERY excellent 5 stars
6/07/02 ownerofdajoint what a great fucking movie!it'll stay with you/take your thoughts down some different roads 5 stars
5/28/02 Allenda A waste of money despite some cute guys getting naked. 1 stars
5/28/02 brentley Excellent movie! Stunning visuals, emotional acting & an all-around great story. 5 stars
5/28/02 simon templar gorgeous people great story 5 stars
5/26/02 marmlstein fab 5 stars
5/26/02 Bonnie I wanna see it again! 5 stars
5/25/02 john c. smith wow 5 stars
5/24/02 Bulaklak Very funny and realistic. 4 stars
5/23/02 jessica One of the best movies I've seen. Five stars. 5 stars
5/22/02 Jamie It was good 5 stars
5/22/02 Dave K Excellent movie. Loved the hotties!! 5 stars
5/21/02 Carol Like Mexico, it's beautiful, sad and rejoices in life 5 stars
5/19/02 Ben Wilson a fresh, raw, real movie that leaves you thinking 5 stars
5/19/02 Erica it was so great 5 stars
5/19/02 lex Great film. beautiful, heartbreaking, irreverent...!!!Fabulous. 5 stars
5/18/02 Louis Mexican Porn, straight and simple 2 stars
5/16/02 Carlos Jaramillo This movie is great on many levels 5 stars
5/15/02 natasha about what you lose and gain in the process of growing up 5 stars
5/13/02 Karen (GoodAsDed@aol.com) can't wait for the DVD 5 stars
5/13/02 mslemon unbelievable...not just a sex movie...so much more 5 stars
5/12/02 Nick2k good movie. but not excellent. i think sex (like mullholland dr) gave it 100% with critics. 4 stars
5/12/02 me oh man, this movie has so many awesome levels to it, its insane! 5 stars
5/11/02 westchamp unbelievably good - about life, what you miss, what you pass by 5 stars
5/11/02 carlos Like watching real life unfold on the screen which films should be all about. 5 stars
5/10/02 Ella A nice glimpse of upper class Mexican life...good character building. 4 stars
5/09/02 cwsox one of the most amazing films ever; the script reveals more each time I see it 5 stars
5/09/02 Gordo great movie with a surprising twist at the end 5 stars
4/29/02 Rob uplifting rites of passage 5 stars
4/28/02 Ralph Deeds Quite a good movie but not as good as Amores Perros or American Beauty. 4 stars
4/28/02 Todd Plummer A great litmus test for a new romance -- if you're secure in your own sexuality. 5 stars
4/28/02 mark goode fantastic movie - even better with your girlfriend 5 stars
4/28/02 melania the movie misses 1 stars
4/09/02 C_nemo the peakover is a very neat touch since it doen't just say what is going on right now 5 stars
4/08/02 KoHawk siggy 1 stars
4/08/02 wintermute I agree, more nudity was necessary for that 5th star. 3 stars
3/29/02 System of a Down Movie needed more nudity 2 stars
3/27/02 Goose Road movie+Alfonso Cuaron+good writing+social insight into modern-day Mexico= Bad ass movie 5 stars
3/22/02 Heather Very funny, explicit, sexy movie about two young men and their road trip with an older woma 5 stars
3/20/02 Otis Buckshot This is a wonderful movie about relationships, sex, and being young 4 stars
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