In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

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Alfonso Cuarón
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Narrator (voice)
Ana López Mercado Ana López Mercado ... Ana Morelos
Diego Luna ... Tenoch Iturbide
Gael García Bernal ... Julio Zapata
Nathan Grinberg Nathan Grinberg ... Manuel Huerta
Verónica Langer ... María Eugenia Calles de Huerta
María Aura ... Cecilia Huerta
Giselle Audirac Giselle Audirac ... Nicole Bazaine
Arturo Ríos ... Esteban Morelos
Andrés Almeida Andrés Almeida ... Diego 'Saba' Madero
Diana Bracho ... Silvia Allende de Iturbide
Emilio Echevarría ... Miguel Iturbide
Marta Aura ... Enriqueta 'Queta' Allende
Maribel Verdú ... Luisa Cortés
Juan Carlos Remolina ... Alejandro 'Jano' Montes de Oca
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Storyline

In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortés, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of ... Written by Huggo

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La vida tiene sus maneras de enseñarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de confundirnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de cambiarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de asombrarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de herirnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de curarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de inspirarnos.

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Drama

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

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Trivia

The last names of all the principal characters (Zapata, Iturbide, Carranza, etc.) are those of important figures in Mexican history. The last name of the one Spanish character - Cortés - is that of the Spanish conquistador who conquered much of Mexico for Spain. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Louisa wakes up in the car at the beach, in the shot inside the car, her jeans are torn at the left knee. Subsequent shots show an un-torn pair of jeans. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Life is like the foam of the sea. You must dive into it.
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Alternate Versions

Several scenes edited out of the final movie were made available for public viewing on the movie's official Web site. The director claims to have created multiple edits of this film to satisfy censorship rules around the world. According to the director, one of these edits, allegedly intended for Mexican distribution in protest of that country's heavy censorship, runs less than 10 minutes. See more »

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References Amarcord (1973) See more »

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Afila el Colmillo
Written by Florentino Ruiz Carmona (as F. Ruiz C.), Julian Lede (as J. Lede), Emilio Acevedo (as E. Acevedo), Jay De La Cueva (as J. de La Cueva) and Mala Rodríguez (as M. Rodriguez)
Performed by Titan and Mala Rodríguez (as La Mala Rodríguez)
Published by Brambila Musical, Warner Chappel Music Publishing, Inc. and Ediciones Doctor Yo,
S.L.
Sample from "Tiburón a la Vista", performed by Mike Laure, courtesy of Discos Mussari
Titan appears courtesy of EMI Music México/Virgin Records México
La Mala appears courtesy of Booouncing Bricks/Superage
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Last Tango in Mexico
17 April 2002 | by harry-76See all my reviews

In many ways Alfonso Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien" reminds me of the desolation theme of Bernardo Bertolucci's "Ultimo tango a Parigi" (1972) and the deceptive perspective of Michelangelo Antonioni's "L'Avventura." (1960).

Raging post-adolescent hormonal drives seem to propel Julio and Tenoch forward, with little else of substance to account for. Likewise, Luisa's motivation seems more despair- than romance-driven. Thus, the trio's trek in search of the idyllic Boca del Cielo is reminiscent of the forlorn lovers' quest for emotional fulfillment in the Bertolucci film.

Comparison with the Antonioni opus stems from Cuaron's script seemingly being about a carefree, liberated trio on a journey for fun, when in fact, it's really about escape from their own worst "enemies"--themselves.

After a particularly talky beginning (complete with abundant narrations) the film settles in on its main theme, and the dialogue becomes more pointed. While the camera work is generally appropriate, Cuaron tends to rely on long- to medium-shots, with nary a close-up.

The result of this is a somewhat distant enactment, in which the viewer is held a bit at arm's length from the action. One seldom gets close enough to become intimately acquainted with these people. In the end, one is touched by important revelations which are crucial to understanding that which has transpired. Yet, the viewer's emotional involvement is perhaps less than what it might have been, given closer perspectives.

This film obviously impressed many people, and I must agree the work by the principles is uniformly solid. This is a "last tango" which has made its mark as a distinctive film work.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

8 June 2001 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Y Tu Mamá También See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$408,091, 17 March 2002

Gross USA:

$13,839,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,616,692
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1.85 : 1
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