Efectos secundarios (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  1 September 2006 (Mexico)
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A comedy about four young adults adrift in Mexico City.



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Mimí (as Alejandra Gollás)
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Eugenio Bartilotti ...
José Antonio Barón ...
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Humberto Cares ...
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Susana Contreras ...
Old woman 2
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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)


$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 »


Chori: Yeah, that's right! You had such a Huge Crush on Ignacio! But, like, he wouldn't ever even look at you. You were such a...
Marina: It was ONE hicky!
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Written by Jermaine Stegall
Produced by Jermaine Stegall
Performed by Jermaine Stegall
Courtesy of EMI Music Records, Mexico
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Bright Future for Mexican Cinema
4 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing Efectos Secundarios, I realize that Issa Lopez is genuinely a well-read, versatile, sharp director and is ready to make her mark as a pioneer of Mexican and hopefully American cinema. Where will all this talent lead her next? It's nice to see a film that pulls from many different philosophies, while having a commercial, yet universal sensibility as well as one native to the environment of Mexico City. Another thing that this film has is an eclectic music score, and an exceptionally modern look for being produced entirely in Mexico. The audience I saw this film with was on the floor in laughter most of the time. A definite recommend.

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