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I recently had my arm twisted to see this film: a new comedy, produced by Antena 3 television under the new Spanish laws that say that television stations have to make so many films a year to help keep the ailing Spanish film industry afloat. They'd said, on the telly, it was the number one film in Spain that week. However, when we went we were the only two people in the cinema. I now know why. Unfortunately, this film is a prime example of what tends to happen when a government obliges the production of creative material to meet a quota. While it tries to copy the American wave of films like 'American Road Trip' or 'There's Something About Mary,': films that shock and make you laugh at the same time. It really fails on all counts humorously. I think the only part I found really funny was when David Fernández got up and did a Chiquito de la Calzada impression in front of the English staff and family. Most of the humour is based around farcical concepts of dramatic irony, which would have been funny in the nineteen eighties, but now are just corny. There's also a trend in Spanish productions to ignore real-life premises, so they can do anything for the sake of the situation, even when it would not be possible in the real world. This, for me, is an easy way out, because you don't have to worry about how the characters will resolve a situation, because there are no limits on what they can do. A man with two degrees does not accept pills from a stranger in real life, because they could be anything. If one of the characters has a disability, then the girl they fall for, and who falls for them, does not have to have a similar disability. The situations set up are resolved in the most predictable ways, and, although they try to shock, do not create a funny situation. I have seen some very funny Spanish comedies: 'Va ser que nadie es perfecto' 'Perdona bonita, pero Lucas me quería a mí' 'La Comunidad' etc. This film just wasn't up to it.
In Spain, the eighteen year-old Emilio (Mario Casas) has been in love
for Natalia (Amaia Salamanca) since he was five; however, he has a
series of physical problems and is too shy to declare his love for
Natalia. His best friends are the outcast José Manuel Flash Sanchez
Expósito a.k.a. Flash, who is blind but acts like a normal teenager;
Wheels (Gorka Lasaosa), who is paraplegic and sexist; Goat (Canco
Rodríguez), who is a hacker and drug dealer; and Corneto (Pablo
Penedo), who is a womanizer.
When Emilio is ready to tell Natalia that he loves her, she is informed that she has been accepted with scholarship in Medicine in the Oxford University. Goat uses his hacker abilities to falsify documentation and scholarships in the Medicine course in Oxford for the five friends. When Emilio meets Natalia, his friends decide to help him to get closer to Natalia; however, for each plan that they plot to get Emilio closer to Natalia, the result is always a great disaster.
"Fuga de Cerebros" is a brainless and corny comedy that follows the style of "American Pie"; therefore it is the type 'love or hate' film. The pattern is always politically incorrect with scatological and sex jokes, funny and surrealistic situations and definitely a movie that will never be indicated for an Oscar. The "good guys" are flawed, otherwise it would not be funny; and the "girl" is sexy and very beautiful. The result made me laugh a lot and I really liked it. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "A Garota dos Sonhos" ("The Girl of the Dreams")
SPOILERSSSS there's no words to explain the awfulness of this movie,
but I will try...
This is a movie where a bunch of Spanish prototypes went to a posh place to demonstrate that we are stupid, obsessed with sex and we cannot behave in public, but in the end doesn't matter cause id you are disabled or blind a girl will feel in love with you...natural charming? where's the script? If you found a relation between sequence and sequence just tell me...
why on earth Antena 3 put Mario Casas, with his weird faces, to star a movie full of close ups of him looking at the floor...
Is so long, TWO HOURS, for the genre and so boring...
Is a total rip off of American pie, Road trip... but without the funny parts...
I wish I get my 2 hors of life back, I'm not a movie hater, but this is beyond hating... this is a War!! Avoid contact, tell your friend and family, tell everyone....
And the worst is that Spanish culture Ministry financed this...
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I can't say that the movie is truly good, but it's really funny. It's
the most typical Spanish humor: pretty vulgar, sex, drugs, and what you
could call "underprivileged people": people with disabilities, young
people that fail in school, gypsies, prostitutes.. It's true that what
happens in this movie has been seen already; everything is
stereotypical and plus the movie ends well.
The actors in this movie are all known to the Spanish public, they can be seen on TV 24/7 on shows, ads etc. Even though i thought it was going to be really bad i went to see it, and i laughed a lot.
I think it's a movie for younger people to enjoy, it's not a movie that requires you to think or to debate and there is no point in trying to find a point to it. The situations are completely unreal and the characters are unreal but you laugh a lot, it makes you feel better.
I say: watch and enjoy!
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