Y Tu Mama Tambien
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      The title for this Mexican film can be roughly translated as, ``And Your Mother Too."   The title doesn't convey anything about this movie is about.  A better title would have been, ``Heaven's Mouth." But you have to see the film before that will make much sense to you.  Y Tu Mama Tambien is a nice little film which is mostly an entertaining coming-of-age story. The plot follows two teenage boys (Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna)  who get more than they bargain for when they convince an older woman (age ~30) (Maribel Verdu) to accompany them on a trip to a beach called Heaven's Mouth.  But the film also has a dark undercurrent which isn't fully realized until the end.
     Y Tu Mama Tambien is much more successful when dealing with the lighter side of the story.  The two boys bring a lot of energy to the screen and have a good chemistry together.  And Verdu provides a calm counterpoint to the chaos created by the boys.  The film begins with the boys' girlfriends heading off to Europe for the summer.  Being boys, they pause for about 5 seconds before beginning to chase other women.  At a party, they meet Verdu who is married to the cousin of one of the boys.   She is unhappy and eventually she decides to get away from it all on a road trip into the Mexican hinterland.  She is a teenage boy's dream and the boys' dreams come true after a fashion.  Y Tu Mama Tambien deals with nudity and sex in a nice matter-of-fact way not seen in your average Hollywood film.  This is not to say that there is nothing but sex in Y Tu Mama Tambien but, remember, this is as much a film about teenage boys as American Pie.  So, between the boys' imagination and reality, sex plays a rather large role.
     Y Tu Mama Tambien doesn't do so well when it gets a bit heavy.  It's not because it isn't done well.  The actors and director are good but this is another story where you think to yourself that you've see it all before.  I won't name other similar films since that would give away the one sort-of secret of the film although it is telegraphed from the very start.  I was thinking that I wouldn't know any other films by the director, Alfonso Cuaron, but he was the director of the latest version of Great Expectations (Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert De Niro).  Weird, man. Anyway, this film has had a lot of buzz and seeing the trailer certainly made me want to see it.  And I wasn't disappointed.