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No Manches Frida (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 2 September 2016 (USA)
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NO MANCHES FRIDA is the story of Zequi, a recently released bank robber who goes to recover stolen money buried by his ditzy accomplice before going to jail. They return to the site only to... See full summary »

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Nacho G. Velilla

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Laurence Rosenthal (screenplay), Claudio Herrera (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Omar Chaparro ... Zequi
Martha Higareda ... Lucy
Mónica Dionne Mónica Dionne ... Miss Gaby
Rocio Garcia Rocio Garcia ... Jenny
Regina Pavón Regina Pavón ... Mónica
Mario Morán Mario Morán ... Cristobal
Fernanda Castillo Fernanda Castillo ... Caro
Pamela Moreno Pamela Moreno ... Cuquis
Adal Ramones ... Sr. Valdez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Adell Carla Adell ... Laura
Norma Angelica Norma Angelica ... Lic. Lopez
Susana Ayala Susana Ayala ... Lucha
Briggitte Bozzo Briggitte Bozzo ... Marifer (as Brigitte Bozzo)
Miriam Calderón Miriam Calderón ... Miss Gimena (as Miriam Calderon)
El Cibernetico El Cibernetico ... Paco
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NO MANCHES FRIDA is the story of Zequi, a recently released bank robber who goes to recover stolen money buried by his ditzy accomplice before going to jail. They return to the site only to find that Frida Kahlo High has built a gymnasium over the loot. To get the money, he poses as a substitute teacher for a school that can't seem to keep any teachers around. Zequi comes in ready to lay down the law- but he quickly finds out that life on the inside may have been easier to deal with than a school full of wild and rebellious teenagers. Written by Pantelion Films

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The students are bad, the teachers are worse

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual content, drug material, teen smoking and drinking, brief strong language and gestures, and thematic elements. | See all certifications »
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USA | Mexico | Germany

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,650,000, 2 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,514,388, 30 October 2016
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Trivia

Omar Chaparro had a TV show called No manches (2004) which coincidentally is also the title of this film. See more »

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Remake of Fack ju Göhte (2013) See more »

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An often funny, simple minded comedy that doesn't have to take itself too seriously.
13 October 2016 | by rafael_jaramillo_avellanSee all my reviews

The story might be forgettable, the plot and the characters might not be interesting, but it is fun-time. It is that light comedy that relies on grotesque, constant swearing and sexual humor (also slapstick); but it manages well in that route. The movie has its highlights and its flaws, so:

The tone and environment of the film create this sensation of absurdity. Teachers that allow students to bully them literally, and students that in other terms succumb to terrorism; the less than professional attitude of anyone involved with the school and the cheerful secondary characters also make the movie bearable. The humor of the movie establishes on swearing, grotesque and sexual situations, and semi-constant slapstick; which works fine with the movie's essence. The course words and bothering phrases provide morbid and healthy laughs. It might not be quality humor, but functional humor at some points.

The characters though thinly written are very likable: The dumb and senseless students that give meaning to the also senseless plot and the uninterested and unprofessional teachers that fall upon the student's dictatorship. Now, our two leads: the street punk and the shy wannabe-someone-to-change-the-world sweet and dumb girl. These two characters allow you to like the movie, despite certain flaws.

So, the very same strengths that the movie has, are also its weaknesses. The swearing sometimes is taken to the point you get bored of the repetitive and insulting dialogue. The slapstick is also in some moments of the movie too generic and basically that, non-funny slapstick. The movie also focuses heavily on marketing and selling the "pretty faces", which gives more importance to the actors involved rather than the characters themselves. Finally, the sexual humor provides funny moments, but is also taken to the limit, and ends up feeling unnecessary.

FINAL CONSENSUS: Though generic and clichéd, also in a light way exclusive for Mexicans to understand, the movie has some moments.


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