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The Other Side of the Bed (2002)
"El otro lado de la cama" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  5 July 2002 (Spain)
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Two couples entwine on their search for love.


(as Emilio Martínez-Lázaro)


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It's Really Weird How Our American "Culture" Has Permeated Others Around the World.
22 October 2013 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA...and ORLANDO, FL

Released in the U.S. as: The OTHER SIDE Of The BED. Clearly, those who know Spanish will agree, the International release TITLE outside of the U.S. is a much better rendering: The WRONG SIDE Of The BED! (In BOTH cases, NO definite article would've been better still-The WRONG SIDE Of BED)

The dance numbers in this Spanish Musical(?)had tunes that obviously imitated or, at the very least, were greatly influenced by U.S. Rock n' Roll from the late-50's. Yet, since the dancers and actors were ALL in their 20's/30's and had been exposed to that style of music, at least occasionally, from infancy, they made it seem very much a part of them and not at all foreign. I suppose it really IS very much a part of them; you be the judge of whether that's good or bad!

Musicals are certainly not my favorite genre. WHY the(?)in Spanish musical(?)above? WRONG SIDE starts off with ample dancing and singing in its initial 20/25 minutes. Also, there's enough in the final 20. Not much in between, however, and thus, the(?)!

Initially, I wasn't all that happy with the singing, which, overall, exhibited a semi-pro level, and found the dancing only acceptable. It lacked the millimetric precision and synchronization seen in U.S productions. But you know what? That grew on me! It bestowed a natural air, a certain warmth, to the film, IMO. (So refreshing was this aspect, it added a 1/2* to my rating!)

There's a good share of semi-nudity and some sex in WRONG SIDE, but it is portrayed in an extremely matter-of-fact, mundane fashion that keeps it out of the soft-core category. (I may be getting old, but I'm still a guy, so the female eye candy added another 1/2*!)

Shortcomings? Of course, there were some. Since several scenes and some of the acting were over-the-top, perhaps Emilio Martinez Lazaro's direction was a little heavy-handed. Watch his 8 minute INTRO and let's take up a collection to fix his teeth! 7*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!

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