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Ugly Me (2006)

Pretendiendo (original title)
A beautiful woman (Mori) decides to transform into an ugly duckling in an attempt to ward off men and avoid more romantic disappointments.

Director:

Claudio Dabed

Writers:

Claudio Dabed (story), Claudio Dabed | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bárbara Mori ... Amanda / Helena
Marcelo Mazzarello Marcelo Mazzarello ... Marcelo
Amaya Forch Amaya Forch ... Karen
Gonzalo Robles Gonzalo Robles ... Hermano Juan
Rodrigo Muñoz Rodrigo Muñoz ... Guillermo
Jaime Azócar Jaime Azócar ... Max
Alejandro Cohen ... Dr. Perner
Paz Bascuñán ... Fernanda
Felipe Camiroaga Felipe Camiroaga ... Pepe
Fernando Kliche Fernando Kliche ... Pablo
Fernando Farías Fernando Farías ... Sacerdote
Ignacio Mansilla Ignacio Mansilla ... Detective
Claudia Vergara Claudia Vergara ... Esposa Max
Cristián Martínez Cristián Martínez ... Macho Disco (as Cristian Martínez)
Claudio Dabed Claudio Dabed ... DJ Disco
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Storyline

In Santiago, Chile, the efficient architect Amanda finds that her boyfriend Pepe is cheating on her with her friend Fernanda. Amanda threats them both with a shotgun, but is arrested and loses her job. She travels to Valparaiso and decides to disguise as an ugly woman married with children to earn respect by the men. Amanda is hired by Max to work at his company with the chauvinist wolf Marcelo; the dedicated but limited family man Guillermo; and the ambitious just graduated architect Karen. Soon she proves to be very efficient and decides to give a lesson to Marcelo, seducing him posing as the sexy Helena. Meanwhile Marcelo gets closer to Amanda that becomes his best female friend and advisor. When Helena humiliates Marcelo, he changes his behavior and falls in love with Amanda. And she also falls for him, but she is behind the eight ball with the situation she has created. Meanwhile Karen hits on Marcelo that is emotionally vulnerable. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Chile

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

October 2006 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Ugly Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$53,250

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,198,188
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cada Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

La Mujer Que Quise
Performed by Los Chacareros del Paine
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A witty and wonderfully written film!
30 April 2007 | by subculturapopSee all my reviews

This great film stars two Latin American legends (Barbara Mori and Marcelo Mazzarello) and tells the story of a woman who seeks to be loved for her inner beauty. Mori's performance is especially captivating in her dual role as heartthrob and ugly duckling... the makeup is subtle, it's her acting which completely separates the two personas.

Though it's got the makings of a typical American comedy, it's got none of the formulaic trappings. The result is a well written, brilliantly acted debut by Claudio Dabed.

In a time when many of the films emerging from Latin America are weighed down by our struggles with social and political issues, it's refreshing to watch something that reflects some of our humor as well!


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