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Only Human (2006)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 15

A cheerfully energetic screwball comedy, Only Human milks laughs from its culture-clash premise.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 7

A cheerfully energetic screwball comedy, Only Human milks laughs from its culture-clash premise.



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A mismatched couple discovers that whatever can go wrong will go wrong during a family visit in this comedy. Leni (Marian Aguilera) is a television reporter from a Jewish family in Spain. One weekend, Leni drops by her family's home for a visit, with her new boyfriend, college professor Rafi (Guillermo Toledo), in tow. Rafi is more than a bit nervous about meeting Leni's family -- chronically nervous mother Gloria (Norma Aleandro), blustery father Ernesto (Mario Martin), dance-student sister

Oct 17, 2006


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Writer-directors Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri have penned an amusing script and, as directors, inject a delicate human texture into the story's intermixing of capricious zaniness, frank sensuality and Mideast politics.

February 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A smart and dark comedy from Spain, Only Human manages to say cogent things about the nature of intolerance and love while being fitfully hilarious.

August 10, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There's a political and social clash at its core, but the laughter comes from a deeper, human place (see title).

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A familiar situation of a beloved daughter bringing her intended home to meet the folks is pushed to sublimely silly extremes.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A Spanish comedy that isn't quite as frenzied or farcical as its husband-and-wife writer-director team clearly intended it to be.

July 21, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It lets frantic get so far ahead of funny, the latter gets lost in the dust.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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More than just a spotlight on wacky family members and screwball situations ... a simple statement about some absurd perspectives on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

A rare, optimistic ray of hope about the prospects of Jewish-Muslim relations.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

The laughs more than make up for the familiarity.

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source:

... well-intentioned and charming, a deliberately downsized film that despite its high concept finds humor in the domestic more often than the political.

October 6, 2006 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A fresh and funny Spanish take on the classic family screwball comedy.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Only Human (Seres Queridos), generally speaking, doesn't work.

August 25, 2006
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

While the comedy is at times sharp but mainly chaotic in that frenzied European style, it seems the filmmakers actually intended to make a statement about Jews, Arabs, and the possibility that love can out maneuver politics and overcome unimaginable histo

August 16, 2006 Full Review Source:

The only lesson it has to impart is that a gifted, charismatic cast can elevate the most tired material into something closer to mediocrity.

August 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The secret to Only Human's appeal is that the silliness is performed matter of factly, so it becomes a new, cracked definition of normal.

August 10, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The irreverent comedy of family feuds, impulsive leaps of (il)logic, and temporary amnesia is more screwball eccentricity than social satire.

August 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Offers passing amusements, for sure, but the gap between its brilliant potential and its final execution is frustrating.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Amiable, and occasionally even insightful, but also sometimes just silly and at others a trifle tasteless...a mixed bag that, unhappily, doesn't deliver quite enough.

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

There are many amusing moments in Only Human; the film is never dull.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for Only Human

A good portion of this movie was just wacky fun! It is chock full of unusual situations, and funny characters. But then it tends to go overboard on the "crazy and funny" family situations...too the point of stupid, not funny. HOWEVER, the movie as a whole is definitely worth checking out. There are some hysterical situations that I will remember for some time.
May 31, 2011

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Only Human", Leni(Marian Aguilera), a television personality, and Rafi(Guillermo Toledo), a university professor, are madly in love with each other. One problem though: she is Jewish, he is Palestinian. Rafi is already nervous from having received a complimentary proctology exam earlier in the day from airline security. Now, he is about to meet her extended family who share an apartment. Leni's sister, Tania(Maria Botto), is a promiscuous belly dancer and has a six-year old daughter, Paula(Alba Molinero). At the other end of the spectrum, there is brother David(Fernando Ramallo) whose latest fad is Orthodox Judaism and a wounded pet duck. Her grandfather, Dudu(Max Berliner), is blind and owns a loaded rifle. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Only Human" is a funny romp of a farce about family with serious overtones.(Like the entire Arab-Israeli conflict for example. Plus, the notion of identity amongst immigrants.) And even though the movie is a farce, the characters still come off as very believable.[/font]
June 25, 2006
Walter M.

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This is a great movie. Absolutely hilarious! Fantastic story plot. Good cast. Definitely worthy.
August 18, 2008
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