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Reinas (Queens) (2006)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 17

It hints at something greater, but ultimately, Queens lacks the substance necessary to set it apart from similarly themed Spanish comedies.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 12

It hints at something greater, but ultimately, Queens lacks the substance necessary to set it apart from similarly themed Spanish comedies.



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Writer and director Manuel Gómez Pereira takes a look at the funny side of same-sex marriage in this farcical comedy. Magda (Carmen Maura) is the manager of a posh resort hotel that is to be the site of a marriage ceremony bringing three gay couples together at once. One of the husbands-to-be is Magda's son Miguel (Unax Ugalde), who will exchange vows with Óscar (Daniel Hendler). However, while things are harmonious between Miguel and Óscar, Óscar's meddling mother, Ofelia (Betiana Blum), is

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The star-heavy cast, which includes such big Spanish names as Carmen Maura, Marisa Paredes and Veronica Forque, are a treat to watch even when their dialogue isn't all it could be.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The frantic artificiality of the script rarely allows the characters to breathe. This is dinner-theater farce, featherweight and juiceless.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It feels like [Pereira] just plucked the men themselves from atop a wedding cake and stuck them in his movie, where for the most part they stand decoratively around and watch the women make suds from all this soap.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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With what amounts to 20 characters crossing paths, Pereira's job description might seem more traffic cop than director, but he rises to the challenge and adds style and splashy color to boot.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Spanish director Manuel Gomez Pereira certainly draws inspiration from his compatriot Pedro Almodovar -- several of the actresses are even Pedro alums -- but the film falls short of Almodovar's usual depth and complexity.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Unfortunately for director and co-writer Manuel Gomez Pereira, all the energy in the world isn't enough to compensate for the superfluous plot lines and outrageous overacting that weigh down this bit of warm-hearted Spanish fluff.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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While straining credibility at times, offers some appealing scenes of quiet reflection, as well as a refreshing celebration of the ineffable allure and power of being middle-aged.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Pedro Almodovar-flavored but quite tame.

October 5, 2006
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The cast is perfect, but the script is like a low ceiling, keeping a lid on what should have been a confluence of riotous misadventures.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Manuel Gómez Pereira's frantic direction is nonstop and the exhaustion of excess will get to you.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

For all its contrivances, the film is cheerfully rude and surprisingly generous to the mothers, most of whom find sizzling new romances at an age when their American counterparts are reduced to sexless dithering or played as humiliating punch lines.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Reinas (Queens)

[font=Century Gothic]"Queens" is an appealingly glorious mess of a movie that is not helped out by an overcomplicated chronological structure. As gay marriage is becoming legal in Spain, Helena(Mercedes Sampietro), a judge, is reluctantly set to preside over a ceremony of 20 gay and lesbian couples, not the least because her son, Hugo(Gustavo Salmeron), is marrying Narciso(Paco Leon) in that ceremony. Miguel(Unax Ugalde) and Oscar(Daniel Hendler) & Jonas(Hugo Silva) and Rafa(Raul Jimenez) are two other couples featured but the overall focus of the movie is squarely on the parents, especially in the case of Jonas and Rafa. This approach takes something away from the movie because it is the grooms' day first and foremost, not the parents'. And I am all for good roles for older women especially if it involves Carmen Maura but this is not really the right place...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Queens" would have been much better if it had focused on just one couple or if it had been made as a documentary. At the very least, a lesbian couple could have been included for diversity's sake.[/font]
August 22, 2007
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Drenched in telenovela but enjoyable and silly.
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