Y Tu Mamá También

Y Tu Mamá También ★★★★½

This movie is SO HORNY! I wasn’t expecting Cuaron to be this horny. I can’t believe someone saw this movie and decided to give this guy the third Harry Potter. It is more youthful than his other films as well, despite him being near 40 when he shot this.

I love the way the kids act like they have everything figured out, and Luisa is so willing to be absorbed into their world. Her arc of finding herself in the midst of heartbreak is the core of this movie and makes their shenanigans feel oddly significant.

The camera feels like it has a mind of its own. sometimes It lingers on shrines on the side of the road, and drug trafficking, highlighting the issues of modern Mexico, and the disparity between the rich friends on a road trip and those who actually live in the rural areas. Just like his more recent film Roma, he is able to incorporate class struggle into his films without hitting you over the head with it.

The voiceover threw me off every time not only because the audio abruptly cuts out, but also it seems inconsistent with what Cuaron is trying to accomplish. The movie is otherwise insanely immersive, as all of his films are. Many of the shots lasted for minutes and yet I didn’t notice until nearly the end of the shot. The voiceover was occasionally insightful, but usually gave information that was unnecessary or info you could have inferred yourself later in the film.

Cuaron creates something truly magical every time he releases a film and it’s even more impressive he was able to capture his usual energy on a much smaller budget.

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