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Manolito Gafotas en ¡Mola ser jefe! (2001)

 -  Comedy  -  22 June 2001 (Spain)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doro Berenguer ...
José Luis Carrillo ...
El Imbecil
Rubén Carrillo ...
El Imbécil
María Barranco ...
El Gran Wyoming ...
Vicente Haro ...
Nicolás, El Abuelo
Óscar Ladoire ...
Tío Nico
Marcela Walerstein ...
Gracia Olayo ...
Alfonso Vallejo ...
Isabel Alegre ...
Sita Asunción
Juan Olivares ...
Hermano de Yihad
Lina Mira ...
Madre de Mostaza
Maria Lanau ...
Madre de Orejones
Manuel Nebreda ...


This is a hilarious look at contemporary Madrid from the point of view of ten year old Manolito. Witty... See full synopsis »

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22 June 2001 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Las travesuras navideñas de Manolito Gafotas  »

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ESP 34,640,088 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Good-feeling following full of mirth , humor elements , entertainment and amusement .
12 July 2013 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Inferior sequel to original that crossed-over from Spain to become a hilarious family entertainment , this time enhancing comical elements and weird characters . An enjoyable and fun story about a chubby kid along with his nutty family living in barrio High Carabanchel and set during Christmas break . Funny film plenty of good feeling , witty and comedy ; being narrated in great sense of ductility and fairness . This is a family tale narrated in sensitivity and intelligence , especially dealing with relationships between a little boy (Don Berenguer replacing David Sanchez) , his father Manolo (El Gran Wyoming replacing Robert Alvarez) , mother (Maria Barranco substituting Adriana Ozores) , grandfather Nicolas (Vicente Haro replacing Antonio Gamero) and friends . Funny and moving story about a lower-class family living in barrio Carabanchel , Madrid . This is a comic look at contemporary Madrid from the point of view of ten year old called Manolito , his family and his group of friends . On this special occasion, Manolito is in the middle of Chrismas celebration and ready to enjoy the holidays with his family . This year bears a great surprise : Uncle Nico (Oscar Ladoire) , his mother's brother who lives an works in Oslo as a waiter . Uncle Nico shows up in a big roulette to spend Christmas Eve with the family. He is accompanied by his flashy Norwegian fiancée, the unbelievable Trudi Bergenkoklass (MarcelaWalerstein) , who is something like part fairy , part Viking and part Pippi Long Stocking. This lady immediately catches Manolito's eye . As a host of characters, completely change the tedious life of Manolito Gafotas or Manolito Four Eyes .

Based on the best selling children's novels written by known novelist Elvira Lindo , including a well written script by the same director Joan Potau and Elvira Lindo delving into the children psyche . Elvira is a notorious Spanish writer and journalist , creator of the Spanish famous literature character Manolito Gafotas and she performed Manolito in a radio program for several years . It's an adorable , quiet film , dealing with childhood , being well acted and concerning the narration about the relationship between a child and his family . The film attempts to spread optimism about the events of life , with its amusing sides , including Christmas celebration , village party , cavalcade and many other things . Not trying to be unrealistic and make everything as in a domestic tale but giving way to mirth and comedy . Plenty of emotional and family feeling in which solidarity triumphs and humor despite the penury . In addition , the film gives us a nice panorama about a lower-class family , its goodness , sacrifice , work , neighborhood relation , companionship and various situations happen in its existence . Main and support cast are frankly well . Gentle , sympathetic Gran Wyoming as the daddy along with Maria Barranco as mummy , both of whom give likable performances , and the little boy played by Don Berenguer , all of them finally to be aware the meaning of the familiar relation and learn each other . Supporting cast is frankly good , such as Oscar Ladoire as the rare uncle , Vicente Haro as grandfather , Gracia Olayo as neighbor and cameo by Santiago Segura , Antonio De La Torre and Javier Gurruchaga . It is an endearing and intimate film , well directed and well acted , but perhaps fails a little the main protagonist , Manolito , whose optimism is as obvious that results to be exaggerated, furthermore contains an excessive voice in off .

This is an agreeable and funny picture for children and adults alike ; being professionally directed by Joan Potau . The flick was finely produced by the chairman of Filmax Productions , Julio Fernandez along with his brother Carlos Fernandez as executive producer , they're two successful producers and experts on terror genre , and emphasizing on the fantastic genre, producing a lot of hits , such as ¨The machinist¨, ¨Rec ¨1¨, 2¨ and ¨3¨ , ¨Fragiles¨, ¨Darkness¨, ¨El perfume¨ , ¨Backwoods¨ and many others ; through Fantastic Factory and animation with Filmax Animation , they have invaded to the global market on home video, television and also theatrically . They have produced successful children movies and cartoon films as ¨El Raton Perez I and II¨ or "The Hairy Tooth Fairy", ¨Gisaku¨ , ¨El Cid : the legend¨ and ¨Goomer¨, among others . The original film ¨Manolito Gafotas¨ has become one of the hits of 1999 with over 1 million admissions at the Spanish box office and the film has crossed-over from Spain to become a classic family amusement . This is a lesser sequel but still quite entertaining , it will appeal to kiddies and adolescents.

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