"Me importas tú... y tú" is very loosely based on the Fritz Glockner's book "The Ship of Illusion".
Here we have Genaro (Ulises de la Torre), a shy student who has a crush with Adriana (Altair JArabo), a girl who loves the golden age of Mexican cinema and is doing her thesis about the work of Germán Valdés Tin Tan, one of the greatest comedy actors of that era. Genaro, who believes in secret he is Tin Tan's son because her mother worked with him in some movies, finds the perfect opportunity to conquer Adriana's love when she asks him for help on the subject. Even more, Genaro is haunted by Tin Tan's ghost (Marcos Valdes), who always appears either to give him advice or to mock him about his lack of success with women.
What happens next is that things get complicated when Genaro's brother (Rafael Amaya) and Adriana's ex-boyfriend (Alejandro Nones) enter the scene. The brother is the complete opposite of Genaro, confident, tough, attractive to women and always is getting in all kinds of trouble. While the ex is just hoping to talk with Adriana, but she always refuses.
That's the basic premise of the movie, which unfortunately didn't work out as it should. The direction was pretty average, Marcos Valdes role was given very little time on screen and his appearances seemed pointless most of the time, not to mention they were so random And the main actors made very ugly over the top performances and not in a good way. Ulises De la Torre seemed like he was trying too hard and unfortunately his comedy skills are not as good as the ones of his brother Arath. Rafael Amaya was way better here than in "24 cuadros de terror", at least he is trying to act now, but still gave a pretty bad performance. Alejandro Nones was a little bit better than this other two. And sometimes the acting gets so awkward that you can not help but feel the same way, kind of embarrassing really.
Honestly I can not tell if Altair JArabo made a good job or not, she is such a beautiful woman that it was very distracting, but that charm was one of the strong points of the movie, as long as some of the members of the supporting cast (MAria Rojo,Joaquín Cosio,Ana Layevska, luis Felipe Tovar, Gustavo Sánchez Parra) which didn't were great as usual but made a pretty decent job. And the movie do has some very fun moments. Even a pretty bad fight scene, but this one is so bad that it is funny in the end and some of the night club scenes worked out pretty well. Even at some points of the film Ulises de la Torre understands what he should do to get a good laugh, he can do a good job when he focuses, but he needs to focus more. And in the last minutes the movie starts to get better and interesting that you forget a little bit about the bad performances that were on it.
Adolfo Martínez Solares hasn't show yet the talent that his father had in abounds. At some point of the movie Altair's character says that Gilberto Martínez Solares was the greatest director of the golden age. Not so far from truth, he was one of the greatest directors of that era, Solares and Tin Tan made an awesome team. Even the bad comedy films that they made are way better than this film. But I'm pretty sure Adolfo can do better, at least this was interesting and fun at some points.
With better acting, a better direction and perhaps a little more tribute to the source material (book and Tin Tan's life) this could have been a pretty good comedy.
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