Carlos Cuaron's Rudo y Cursi
By Noah Michelson
The film is enjoyable, sure, but perhaps a little generic.
EXCEPT! This is the onscreen reunion of Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna! Let’s not forget that both actors’ careers were launched with 2001’s Y tu mamá también, which features the two incredibly cute young biscuits in some sexually ambiguous scenes. Not that that’s what the movie was about really…but I’m just saying. Also, Y tu mamá también was directed by Alphonse Cuarón, while Rudo y Cursi was directed by his brother, Carlos Cuarón. Odd, then, that Carlos would choose sibling rivalry and instant fame as the main focuses of his directorial debut… starring the same leads… only now, these leads are suddenly famous… how meta!!!
Since the comparison begs to be made, Y tu mamá también is a much better film, and has much better performances from both Bernal and Luna. But Rudo y Cursi isn’t really trying to be its older brother in any way, shape or form. It’s more of a off-color romp, full of melodramatic comedy that both Bernal and Luna -- who have become extremely close since they first met -- seem noticeably excited to star in.
-- MIKE BERLIN
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