Robert Bourette’s review published on Letterboxd:
Y Tu Mamá También offers an insightful look into the rampant sexuality and desire for liberation so common throughout the youth of Mexico, featuring themes of friendship, betrayal, mortality, and rebellion against a stark backdrop of the wavering politics and unstable economy at the time of the film's production. It may be easy to pass off as Alfonso Cuarón's attempt at a teen sex comedy, but it is much more than that, there is an evident message regarding the trying times of Mexican society throughout the political and economic climate of their 2001 presidential election. An election that broadened the lines between economic classes further, and implemented a sense of separation throughout society. The simple yet compelling narrative of two young adults, one coming from a leftist lower-middle class family, another being the son of the high ranking government official, embarking on an adventure through Mexico's beautiful countryside, accompanied by a beautiful woman elicits a sense of liberation, something many seeked throughout the turmoil occuring in Mexico. Coupled with raw sexuality and experimentation, the film serves as a masterful depiction of self-discovery in trying times.
The film is only made better by the incredible performances by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. Throughout the course of the film it begins to become difficult to tell whether the two are acting or truly life-long friends, something which I think is the mark of flawless acting. Undoubtedly career-defining performances from both actors. Despite the top-notch acting from both Bernal and Luna, the film would simply not be what it is if it wasn't for Maribel Verdú's stellar performance as Lusia. The trio are able to capture the essence of their characters with such passion and determination it's as if they were born to play them.
Cuarón's talent as a filmmaker really shines with Y Tu Mamá También, there is not a single negative thing I can say about this film. From the excellent writing to the absolutely beautiful shots from master cinematographer Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, Y Tu Mamá También very well might be a flawless film and it is incredible talent like this that makes me extremely proud of my country. Viva México