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Efectos secundarios (2006)

A comedy about four young adults adrift in Mexico City.

Director:

Issa López

Writer:

Issa López
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Cast

Credited cast:
Marina de Tavira ... Marina
Alejandra Gollas ... Mimí (as Alejandra Gollás)
Arturo Barba ... Adán
Pedro Izquierdo Pedro Izquierdo ... Ignacio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aarón Aguilar Aarón Aguilar ... Guardia Separos
Moisés Arizmendi ... Santiago (as Moises Arizmendi)
Eugenio Bartilotti Eugenio Bartilotti ... Borrego
José Antonio Barón José Antonio Barón ... Productor de Tv
Fernando Berzosa Fernando Berzosa ... Camillero
Humberto Cares Humberto Cares ... Gerente de super
Irán Castillo ... Gabriela
Susana Contreras Susana Contreras ... Old woman 2
Joaquín Cosio ... Conductor
Tony Dalton ... Gerardo
Laura de Ita ... Cajera
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Storyline

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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The High School Prom is one thing... The High School Reunion quite another. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros. [Mexico]

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 September 2006 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Efecte secundare See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The director worked for a whole year with the lead actors, to create the characters and the story, from her notes, ideas, and their improvisations and input. See more »

Quotes

Ignacio: Yeah... I remember you. Sorta. You were... Taka's girlfriend or something, right?
Marina: It... was... ONE... hicky, damn it!
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Soundtracks

Tengo La Voz
Performed by Nortec Collective
Courtesy of EMI Music Records, Mexico
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Kind of hits the target
30 September 2006 | by danixdefcon5See all my reviews

Well, maybe it is because I am actually near the intended target age group (those nearing 30, and I'm 25). Its got an interesting philosophy, it actually fits better than other recent Mexican movies, which seem to have matured from the god-awful "charro" movies from the 50's or the "Lola la Trailera" low-budget action flicks from the 70's and 80's.

It is mostly a comedy about 4 (well, 4 main, and some secondary characters) that re-unite 12 years later in a high-school reunion. They're about to hit 30, and well the movie tackles on some of the issues related to hitting 30, specially with some of them not having their teenager dreams fulfilled.

During the whole film, and in the closing dialogue, this movie also shows one thing: everything we do has Side Effects, which might be good or bad.


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