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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful:

Disgustingly funny

Author: teje from Stockholm, Swden
10 April 1999

This was movie of the year in Spain in 1998 following Ulloas success with Airbag the year before. It's about a truly revolting cop in Madrid. He's a sexist,egotistical,dirty pig. There are some memorable scenes in the film and it's quite funny if you don't have any problems with political correctness. It's probably more fun to a Spanish audience who get the jokes about Atlético Madrid fans, "in" expressions and other national references. A Spanish viewer can also appreciate all the cameos. Some of Spain's most renowned actors appear in little parts and add an extra twist to it all. The pace of the movie is fast and there are no dull moments. Go and see it if you can but have a couple of beers before you go.

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33 out of 42 people found the following review useful:

Fantastic action-comedy

10/10
Author: Y-Sly from Budapest, Hungary
30 January 2003

This guy (Torrente) is an ex-cop, El Fary and Altético Madrid fan. This movie (and the whole Torrente-saga) is about stupid and bizarre characters and they are very funny, you can trust in me. He is very fumbler and his "friends" are also flumbers. He has a few mates like Rafi who wants to be a cop, Amparito is a slag but somehow she likes Torrente('s carrot), Malaguita is his informer who can't give a true information for the Spanish super cop and... there are a few more unbelievable characters but I don't really want to spoil the whole movie. Overall, this film is an excellent action-comedy and you will laugh the whole approximately 97 minutes. Watch it! My opinion: 10 out of 10!

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

An absolute blast!

10/10
Author: fertilecelluloid from Mountains of Madness
27 December 2004

Jaw-droppingly hilarious from beginning to end, the brilliant Santiago Segura delivers one of the funniest films ever made about an unbelievably likable racist, homophobic, misogynistic, gloriously non-PC, ex-cop.

You really have to see it to truly appreciate its unique sense of lusty invention and bravura staging.

Segura's Torrente is a filthy, fat bastard who partners with an insufferable nerd to crack a drug smuggling operation. But the plot merely provides Segura with a framework for his non-stop barrage of brilliant gags and set pieces.

Torrente's attempt to seduce his nerd partner's slutty sister is hilarious, as are Torrente's off-the-cuff comments about all women wanting it up the rear and his lecture on how washing your hands before you take a leak shows greater respect for your penis.

There are so many gems in this movie it's impossible to catalog them all. Another corker, which occurs near the film's climax, has the kidnapped slut sister dropping to her knees to enthusiastically fellate her captor. When the nerd expresses concern that his sister is being "forced" to have oral sex, Torrente quips: "I don't think she's being forced too hard."

The sequel, while still very funny, doesn't have the rough, crude edge of the original.

Sublime!

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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

Great Movie, Spain's funniest

10/10
Author: Francisco Javier (iber@jet.es) from Madrid
12 August 1999

The best comedy ever made in Spain. Every Santiago Segura fan will enjoy it. Maybe you'll miss a few details if you're not related with Spanish society and culture because the movie is an ironic critic to the old-fashioned fascists that still live in Spain, people who still adore Francisco Franco and similar freaks. If you have an open mind and want to laugh hysterically don't miss it

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

A bull's eye.

10/10
Author: Rodion15 from Madrid, Spain
14 May 2000

A bull's eye. A sarcastic rock-bottom insight into the worst of Franco's inheritance. It's like a Quijote of modern Spain. As its director commented himself `All Spaniards have a Torrente inside, the more vigorous that Torrente is, the worst we are'. Just those who fear their inner Torrente won't take advantage of this therapeutic movie.

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

Don't listen to the critics, this is good stuff!

10/10
Author: missmara from Stockholm, Sweden
5 February 2002

Whether or not you have ever lived in Madrid, this movie is worth seeing.From putting his father out on the street to beg to stealing old ladies' panties, Torrente shows his true colors as a scumbag all the way through. He is loyal to no one except himself.

Some of the humor is very typically Madrid, such as the making fun of Catalonians and the continual support the fans give of the Athlético de Madrid soccer team. Even so, the English subtitles on this movie are actually quite good - I was impressed how they translated some unique Spanish slang.

Film critics, on the whole, did not favor this movie. This movie is not a serious film, people, so just get ready for raunchy laughs.

Also, don't forget to see Torrente 2: Misión in Marbella. Se pasa aún más.

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

darker than dark comedy with no eleventh hour apologies

Author: Matt Moses from Brooklyn, NY
24 June 2001

Spanish auteur Santiago Segura, who wrote, directed and stars in this film, creates a decent if overly dark comedy about corruption. Segura claims to be a member of the Madrid police force, but his outlandish behavior – he drinks before going on duty and forces his wheelchair-bound father to beg to increase his income – hardly demonstrates the qualities required of a representative of the law. When sleazy nymphomaniac Neus Asensi moves in next door, he befriends her cousin, extremely nerdy Javier Cámara. When Segura and his new sidekick accidentally discover a drug ring run through a Chinese restaurant, Cámara calls in his loser friends to help. As the cast gets significantly reduced in a flurry of bullets and tragedy, Segura concludes the film with a few plot twists and the unsettling suggestion that sometimes people are as bad as they seem. An inherently unfunny story gets injected with a dose of morbid wit through Segura's approach to the characters. His attitude toward humanity appears quite dark. Everyone in the film either takes advantage of others or finds himself exploited, and no one seems to wind up punished for their wrongdoings. True, a number of maniacal drug dealers get offed, but so do all of Cámara's awkward, endearing friends. Segura follows few conventions in his portrayal of the world of his deluded cop. Chus Lampreave, familiar from several of Pedro Almodóvar's films, has a nice role as Cámara's mother.

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

One of the funnies movies ever!

10/10
Author: arhanghell from Romania
1 April 2005

This movie is a killer! One of the funniest ever! If you like Farelly brothers's work, this will overpass everything they've done by far! Great stuff! If you see this film once you will feel that you need to see it at least one more time! Of course, you'll need to have the stomach for this kind of jokes! The other characters, Rafi and his two friends are also extremely funny! But cannot overpass Torente! Also,you have to see the sequel! An absolute killer!! I laughed so hard at this movie, that I actually cried!!! These friends of his are so stupid and cheesy, that almost all the parts with them will make your laughter hard to take! As I said, when you'll think you had enough, it comes back, bigger, longer and uncut! If you like humor and especially black and somewhat racist and apparently dumb humor, it's a must! Go see it dudes! It's all worth!

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

Great movie but not for everyone

9/10
Author: superlouen from Spain
2 February 2007

Being Spanish as I am I find this movie amazingly funny (i've watched it a million times :P). But I must admit it might not be as funny for everyone, if you're not Spanish you'll probably find it quite stupid and boring, why? Because many of the jokes are referred to things everyone in Spain knows about but people from other parts of the world don't, some of the characters are quite... infamous in Spain and that makes them funny... and many other details as these. Torrente is something of a Spanish Homer Simpson / Peter Griffin, and everyone finds those characters funny because everyone knows quite a lot about the US and American celebrities, but with Spain... I'd say not.

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Another masterpiece by Santiago Segura

10/10
Author: cambi from Sitges, Spain
14 November 1998

Santiago Segura has crafted a hyperbolical picture of a delirious cop. He is the creator of Torrente, a loser who wants to gain respectability. The movie is plenty of memorable gags and the dialogs are really incredible. It can be disgusting for people who act and think politically correct, because Santiago Segura shows, with cunning humor, the worst of the present society. This is a movie to see with an open mind. Don't take seriously the exaggerated cliches, and enjoy the film!

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