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One Too Many (2005)

Éramos pocos (original title)
After his wife leaves him, Joaquín brings his mother-in-law back home to look after him and his son.

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Mariví Bilbao ... Lourdes
Alejandro Tejerías ... Fernando (as Alejandro Tejería)
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Joaquin awakens to the sound of his wife shutting the door when she leaves him. He wakes their son, Fernando, a young man. It's quickly clear why she left: they live like pigs and do nothing around the flat except eat and watch TV. In desperation, they go to the rest home where the wife's mother lives; they stand in the doorway looking in at the residents celebrating Mass. Lourdes sees them, waves, and they invite her home. Once she sees that they just want her to cook and clean, what will she do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Is This Mother-In-Law Too Good To Be True?
26 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

Two guys - a father and a son - are lost when the woman of the house disappears. Why the mother left isn't explained. However, one thing is for sure: these guys need to learn a few things. The husband doesn't even know where is socks are, so how is he or his son going to manage an apartment?

They quickly spring into action, going to a nursing home and looking up a long-lost relative: his mother-in-law. Hey, maybe she'd rather be in our place and can run it, they think.

To their surprise, the mother-in-law is almost "too good to be true." She is a great cook, never complains. Does everything for them. It's unbelievable. Something isn't right and one of the men is puzzled....but why rock the boat?

One day the husband calls his wife to tell her about how good her mother-in-law is acting, and how he's sorry he recommended she go into a nursing home. He winds up getting a big surprise. Another surprise is how he winds up handling the first surprise.

Overall, despite the twist at the end, it's nothing extraordinary, film-wise, to warrant an Academy Award nomination, but these days it doesn't take much.


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