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Efectos secundarios (2006)

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
Moises Arizmendi ...
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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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:

Radicales libres  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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Technical Specs

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The director worked for a whole year with the lead actors, to create the characters and the story, from her notes, ideas, and their improvisations and input. See more »


Adán: You feel as if you've been running your whole life. And suddenly you realize you haven't moved from the same spot. In years.
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Tengo La Voz
Performed by Nortec Collective
Courtesy of EMI Music Records, Mexico
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Incredible film
20 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is destined to become a classic of the new golden age of Mexican Cinema. It made me laugh out loud and it made me cry. Writer-director Issa Lopez is clearly the love child that Elaine May, Nora Ephron, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, and Nancy Meyer conceived while vacationing together in Mexico.

She learned all she could from this noble parentage, and then developed an original voice that directly reflects the dreams and obstacles of 20-somethings living today -- in Mexico, or anywhere in the world.

Her characters are funny, sexy, and endearing and instantly win you over as they figure out who they are and what they are doing with their lives.

I can't wait to see Lopez' next film.

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