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El vacilón: The Movie (2005)

R | | Comedy | 21 October 2005 (USA)
The adventures and misadventures of New York Spanish-language radio personalities Luis Jimenez and Moonshadow, from the morning program El Vacilón de la Mañana.






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Credited cast:
Luis Jimenez ...
Moonshadow ...
Ruperto Vanderpool ...
Bruja (as Caridad de la luz)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oluwole Aboyade ...
Contest Viewer
Hospital orderly
Maria E. Alma ...
Armando Alonso ...
Beach extra
Sexy Girl at Bar
Wanda Ferreiras ...
Ugly Girl
Findingo ...
Flight attendant


The adventures and misadventures of New York Spanish-language radio personalities Luis Jimenez and Moonshadow, from the morning program El Vacilón de la Mañana.

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Rated R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use


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21 October 2005 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$67,878 (USA) (18 November 2005)


$1,688,757 (USA) (9 December 2005)

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Funny... not for the faint-hearted... could have been better
14 November 2005 | by (Puerto Rico) – See all my reviews

This movie is essentially a collection of vignettes that describe the mental process behind Luis Jiménez's desire to make a movie that portraits some of the (rather outrageous) phone calls he (and his partner Moonshadow) receive at their radio morning show, which is New York's most popular. Luis Jiménez, perhaps, comes across as a neurotic, Moonshadow steals the show (he's the one on the bunch, besides Juan Manuel Lebrón and Paul Rodriguez, with some acting experience) as his own self (a fun-loving prankster and notorious miser), and Rubén Ithier, acting in a very decent performance before he was deported from the U.S. permanently, does his job as bearer of the brunt of the visual jokes.

The movie suffers from overacting from almost everyone on screen at one time or another (but we're dealing with radio people, for the most part, so coming up with convincing acting in front of a camera is rather an achievement for all of them). The plot suffers a bit from predictability at most of its key scenes (perhaps on purpose: Jiménez and Agustín perhaps want to build up on it for comic effect), but the vignettes are rather clever... genius, at times (the Iraqi prison scene is a riot). The movie parodies other films (Rocky I, Raging Bull and The Matrix, among others) are quite absurd, and funny as a result. However, the movie itself has no ending, and the attempts to finish it with animation fall flat.

I loved: Carolina Cadillo, both in answering machine mode and in person (she could have been far more time on screen), the Tetona subplot and Moonshadow's Rocky scene. I hated: the Platanoman vignette not being given a more decent plot. Could have been better if: some scenes were shortened (example, the g-string incident). More visual gags and less bodily fluids, please... Perhaps some cameos.

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