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Living It Up (2000)
"La gran vida" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  11 October 2000 (Spain)
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Living It Up tells the story of a bus driver who is on the verge of committing suicide when a man offers him some friendly advice - borrow 100 million pesetas from the Mafia and do ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Lola
Carmelo Gómez ...
Martin
Tito Valverde ...
Salva
Alicia Agut ...
Rosa
Miguel Ayones ...
Eusebio López ...
Maitre d'
Emilio A. Pina ...
Prestamista jefe
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Mikel Albisu ...
Financiero 2
Sayago Ayuso
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Matón discoteca 1
Txema Blasco
Carita Boronska ...
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Antonio P. Costafreda ...
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Carlos Manuel Díaz
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Living It Up tells the story of a bus driver who is on the verge of committing suicide when a man offers him some friendly advice - borrow 100 million pesetas from the Mafia and do everything he has ever dreamed of before ending his life. While spending the money he falls in love with Mexican waitress and realizes now he has something to live for. The only problem is that now he has to find a way to pay back the $1 million he owes to the Mafia! Written by Vanja Miloshevski <frozen@mol.net.mk>

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ESP 235,692,963 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Recommended for romantic cum thriller buffs!
17 April 2008 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

A comedy in essence and originally a Mexican movie titled La Gran Vida, Living it up is a fun movie starring Martin (Carmelo Gsmez). A bus driver, Martin is bored with his life. One fine day when he can't take the pressure any more, he stops the bus and runs to the edge of a bridge to commit suicide. Here he meets a mysterious character Salva (Fernando Valverde) who proposes to Martin the perfect way of ending his life — borrow 100 million dollars from the mafia for a week on fifty percent interest markup, live it up and then commit suicide after blowing the cash. In return Salva asks for 15 percent for his services.

With nothing to lose, Martin accepts the offer and gets the money by offering his life as collateral. He lives lavishly, spends millions at the drop of a hat, throws parties for complete strangers; which is where he meets the lovely Lola (the ravishing Salma Hayek). Martin falls for the waitress only to realize that it's too late for him to back out of his deal. The week is up, the money is gone and he can, in no possible way, repay the outstanding amount as, now, he doesn't want to die.

Although a dubbed movie, Living it up has seldom a dull moment. The lines are intelligent and director's grip turns it into a thoroughly enjoyable movie. Comes highly recommended for romantic cum thriller buffs though romance exceeds the thrills!


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