Alfonso Cuaron has created a masterpiece in the form of Y Tu Mama Tambien (Trailer: Click here) and I don’t hesitate to call it so. I’d been a long time since I’ve watched a movie of this sort and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the road trip that I took along with the main characters. One of the prime reasons why I wanted to watch this movie was because I have seen Gael Garcia Bernal before in The Motorcycle Diaries and Amores Perros and his acting is par brilliance. Without any doubt, this movie is a must watch for all his fans. This is the first time I’ve seen Diego Luna and Maribel Verdu and I look forward to seeing more of their work.
For me, more than anything else, this movie is about the fascinating turns that the friendship of two boys take, due to undiscovered, adolescent secrets. Just like other boys of their age, Tenoch and Julio have over-active sexual hormones and are fascinated by older women. They meet Tenoch’s cousin’s wife, Luisa, at a wedding and invite her for a road trip. Lady luck is at their side, because Luisa’s husband and Tenoch’s cousin, Jano, has just cheated on her again and she decides to leave him for good. Luisa takes up Tenoch’s and Julio’s offer and the trio set out for a beach called “Heaven’s Mouth”, which is only a figment of their imagination.
More than anything else, Luisa goes on the road trip to taste real freedom and the boys go just for her. There are lots of raunchy scenes and steamy dialogues. I would categorize this movie as a sex comedy, very tastefully and erotically done. This movie explores the friendship between two boys, and more than that, their coming to terms with their teenage sexual desires and mysteries.
One of my favorite scenes in this movie is when Julio, overwhelmed by the fact that his friend let him win a swimming race for once, admits to Tenoch that he had, only once, slept with Ana, Tenoch’s girlfriend. Even though this was his way of “returning” the favor, things don’t really turn out the way he would have imagined and Tenoch, unimpressed by this revelation, stomps off. Later on, after both of them reveal their (more than one) sexual adventures with each other’s girlfriends, Julio tells Tenoch- “Y Tu Mama Tambien!”…meaning, “: “And [I f*cked] your mother, too!” That one definitely stole the cake for me.
Julio’s reference to his sister being a “cool Left-ist chick” was another amazing touch, me thinks.
The director has also explored deeper stories tied to different people and places with the help of intermittent commentary, which goes extremely well with the entire make of the movie.
This movie is very different from other teenage movies that only show 18 year olds attending Sophomore parties and meeting girls in pubs. In fact, I wouldn’t even label it as a “summer teenage movie”, even though many newspapers have, because the treatment is so veritable and the characters are extremely candid and genuine. For once, you’ll really enjoy the lampoonery of the main characters.