Reinas (Queens) (2006)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for sexual content, brief nudity and language)
Genre: Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Yolanda Garcia Serano, Yolanda García Serrano, Joaquin Oristrell, Manuel Gómez Pereira
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 5, 2006
Box Office: $26.6M
Regent Releasing - Official Site


as Miguel

as Narcisco

as Jacinto

as Jonás
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Critic Reviews for Reinas (Queens)

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (18)

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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The frantic artificiality of the script rarely allows the characters to breathe. This is dinner-theater farce, featherweight and juiceless.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
Chicago Tribune
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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]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Drenched in telenovela but enjoyable and silly.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


Six gay men are getting married at the "first" national gay wedding. Add five mothers and one father and stir. A little clumsy here and there, but still a lot of fun. Pressure can bring out the worst in us and/or the best. If they dubb this in English, I'll give it an extra half star, I hate having to read a movie.

Glen Shrope

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