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Efectos secundarios (2006)

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A comedy about four young adults adrift in Mexico City.



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Credited cast:
Marina de Tavira ...
Mimí (as Alejandra Gollás)
Arturo Barba ...
Pedro Izquierdo ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aarón Aguilar ...
Guardia Separos
Eugenio Bartilotti ...
José Antonio Barón ...
Productor de Tv
Fernando Berzosa ...
Humberto Cares ...
Gerente de super
Susana Contreras ...
Old woman 2
Laura de Ita ...


At 18, fresh from high school, Marina, Ignacio, Adam and Mimi, school mates bonded by fate, shared a dream about adult life, a dream of fame, success, perfect skin and that one endless, true love that, surely, was waiting just around the corner for each one of them. But 30's arrived, and none of the sweet promises of youth was fulfilled. Alone, failed and frustrated, all four are forced to stop and look around to try to understand where it all went wrong, and find an emergency fix for their lives, before it's too late, and happiness escapes through their fingers forever. Secondary Effects is the bitter coming of age comedy that follows their steps in the search for lost dreams, lost hair and good sex, at least, if true love turns out to be a mirage. Written by Anonymous

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Turning 30 is not as bad as you thought. It's worse. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

1 September 2006 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Efectos secundarios  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$678,068 (Mexico) (1 September 2006)


$3,668,886 (Mexico) (6 October 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was so hard to find a young actress that looked like a teenager Marina, that in the end the part was given to Marina's real life sister, Cecilia. See more »


Marina: That was the second time I died. And there's nothing sadder than dying of sheer stupidity.
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Tengo La Voz
Performed by Nortec Collective
Courtesy of EMI Music Records, Mexico
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great Mexican film
2 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had been wanting to see this movie for the longest time, but it was not available where I live. So, I had to order this online, and I could hardly wait to see it when I got it. Believe me, this movie is worth every penny I paid for it.

This movie is about four people that went to the same school and are about to turn 30 years old. So, they are all going through nostalgic moments at this point. They're asking themselves whether they have fulfilled their life goals or not.

All the acting was great, the characters really grow on you as the story develops. There are moments where you laugh hysterically, and there are those moments that make you feel sad for them.

This movie is a comedy-drama that reminded me a lot of American Beauty. The score is beautiful, and the movie came with the sound-track, so this movie will be one of my favorites in my collection. Mexico has come up with some awesome movies lately. I expect great things for Issa López (the director),as well as all the actors: Marina DE Tavira, Alejandra Gollas, Arturo Barba and Pedro Izquierdo.

I would highly recommend this movie to anyone!

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