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Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

Y tu mamá también (original title)
R | | Drama | 26 April 2002 (USA)
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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

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 ... 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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 April 2002 (USA) 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The phrase "Y tu mama tambien", by itself, is not offensive, but if you put an offense before it or you answer to an offense with it, it is one of the most offensive phrases in Mexican Spanish. By itself, it means "And your mother too." See more »

Goofs

After Saba rolls the joint, the leftover marijuana on the Boda magazine on his lap, disappears. See more »

Quotes

Tenoch: How many times did you fuck her?
Julio Zapata: Once, we were really wasted
Tenoch: When did you do it
Julio Zapata: I don't know
Tenoch: Tell me when!
Julio Zapata: When you went to Lake Tahoe
Tenoch: Where was Cecilia?
Julio Zapata: She was sick
Tenoch: Where did you two did it?
Julio Zapata: I don't know
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The sarcastically cut 'PG' version of the movie is included on the Region 4 and Region 2 DVD, and consists of the title sequence (white letters against black background), part of the last sequence of the film, and the end credits - running no more than 10 minutes in total, most of which are used up by the credits. It has only four words of dialogue. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Y tu mamá... también es narca (2003) See more »

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Before you read any further I would like to strongly suggest that you go see this film.

Before you read any further I would like to strongly suggest that you go see this film. Do not read my review and just go see it. Find out where it's playing and buy yourself a ticket, in fact bring as many of your friends as you can, such as I did, and I promise you will all somehow have enjoyed it in a way films are rarely enjoyed. I do not feel that I will be able to describe exactly what I felt having seen this film, but if you would like to see my effort then read on.

This is the story of 2 teenagers, Tenoch and Julio, best friends their whole lives, which have indulged in many of life's guilty pleasures. We meet them at a point when their respective present girlfriends are leaving to study in Italy, leaving the 2 friends on their own for the summer. In the short time after their departure we see a whole new side of the boys. They masturbate to the thought of Salma Hayek, smoke weed, drink hard, and flirt with another man's wife. She is a beautiful older woman named Luisa at a wedding, who in turn is Tenoch's cousin's wife. They flirt with her and invite her to come with them to the fictional beach Heaven's Mouth. She is of course reluctant, but takes them up on the offer after her husband one night calls her to confess he cheated on her. This is the beginning of the road trip to the non-existent beach that will change their lives.

An unidentified man narrates the entire film, and when he speaks all goes silent in the scenes serving as a moving freeze frame if you will. He speaks the future of the lives we are watching these people interact with, and ultimately you begin to worry what will be of there own future. During this road trip to the fictional beach, all 3 main characters meet new and interesting people in new and interesting parts of Mexico. It makes them ponder life as their own past experiences begin to unravel in their intimate and personal conversations. Not before long the compounded sexual tension between them is in a way relieved, but to mixed consequences. All of the subtle characteristics of jealousy, anger, passion, naivety, become completely real.

These characters are so believably acted, that when you see these actors in interviews or in other films you'll almost feel cheated. Relationships like this simply don't seem like they can be cheated; yet through some form of skill and humanity every element comes together just right, never distracting or deterring you from the story.

Featured are some of the best-shot sex scenes ever (as one of my friends pointed out as a matter of fact). `Y tu Mama Tambien' finds a way of making all of it's moments feel intimate and genuine, yet never in bad taste. Alfonso Cuaron makes it difficult for us to believe what we are seeing at times is only movie, which serves this tale all the more. The shaky `Road Film Style' cinematography used here is perfect in capturing this uncommon, and unbalanced relationship. You are kept on your toes at all times, expecting something or someone to break. The dialogue is fresh and funny, the kind you just know cannot be faked, that in fact somewhere somehow the writer or actors uttered those phrases. I am convinced that a great majority of this film was improvised, whatever the case may be.

This film is obviously more than flesh, more than experimenting youth. Take some of your favorite moments from mediocre mainstream movies like `American Pie 1 and 2' and remove all the slapstick value. You will realize that there is much more there than you ever saw before. That is what I think in small part this film strives to achieve. It succeeds. We can sympathize with theses characters every step of the way, because as we first get to know them you realize that they either are like you, someone you know, knew, or maybe someone you always wished you could be. By the time things begin to happen to these characters you yourself begin to feel part of their journey.

This is an experience many of you won't take part in, and that is the sincere shame. Instead a great majority of people have been walking out of `The Scorpion King' unchallenged and un-entertained. `Y Tu Mama Tambien' offers a true form of escape, one that no blockbuster will dare. It's the lives few of us will ever live, for better or worse. What transcends from the screen to your hearts and minds is as eye opening as anything you'll ever see, and as effecting, if not more, as your own personal life experience. Bold words? Go see it and you tell me.

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