Movie: Y Tu Mama Tambien
Nominations: Best Original Screenplay (Carlos and Alfonso Cuaron)
Wins/Snubs: Talk to Her won this year, and I've never seen it, so I can't comment as to it's worthiness, but for originality, Y Tu Mama Tambien was pretty high up there. I'm surprised it wasn't Mexico's entry for Foreign film (that went to The Crime of Father Amaro, but I also don't know all the rules about foreign film nominations or entrants requirements).
I'd heard great things about this movie, and a great friend owned it so I caught it just in time for today's post. Also, Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal have both built themselves pretty good careers (small roles for Luna in Milk, The Terminal, and larger roles for Bernal in The Motorcycle Diaries, Babel, and Letters to Juliet) so I kind of wanted to see their start. I can see why this movie got its writing nomination and I think it might have won had it been nominated for Foreign Film (Nowhere in Africa - which I love - did win that year).
Luna and Bernal are just finishing high school. They're total sex-crazed, adore their girlfriends, but really just want to talk and think about sex. When their girlfriends go away on a trip, they get drunk, smoke drugs, and whack off. They meet the wife of a cousin at a wedding. When the 20-something wife, Luisa, decides to leave her husband, she joins the boys on a pretend road trip they invited her on. Traveling to the beach in Mexico, they talk about sex, laugh about sex, and basically just have a great time being young. It's a terrific road trip movie coupled with a great teenage sex comedy/coming of age story. Set against the backdrop of political change in Mexico, and told with terrific voice-over moments, this is one of the best foreign films I've ever seen. The voice-overs are done by an all-knowing narrator who fills you in on other extraneous but interesting bits of the lives of the characters or the places they're passing through. Lots of sex, and I can see why it had trouble getting a rating in the US, but a really great story.
2 stars 2.5 stars 3 stars 3.5 stars 4 stars 4.5 stars 5 lambs 5 stars action movie actors actresses Alphabet Meme Animated movies awards bad movies battlestar galactica best movies blockbusters blog cabins bloggers British TV characters chick flicks Christmas classics comedy Comments documentary dramas DVD emmys epic family films fashion Father's Day Favela Rising females final season foreign films Friday Night Lights friends Golden Globes good movies great cast guest post holidays Independent film james mcavoy kevin smith kids kids movies LAMB Lists marketing mistakes Monday musicals movie from book Movie meme movies music from movies musicals New Releases old movies Oscar Nominations Oscar winners period pieces podcasts predictions Random Reel Insight Robert Downey Jr. romance sci-fi songs sports straight to DVD summer candy The West Wing Top-Grossing Tuesdays TV meme TV Shows why i love