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Y Tu Mamá También (2001)



Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 117 | Rotten: 11

A road movie that's not only sexy, but intelligent as well.


Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 1

A road movie that's not only sexy, but intelligent as well.



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Mexican-born, New York-based filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón directed this Mexican box-office smash hit about a pair of randy upper-class buddies that sparked some controversy for its frank depiction of drug use and sexual exploration. With their respective girlfriends away in Europe, Julio (Gael García Bernal) and his upper-class friend Tenoch (Diego Luna) are looking forward to a summer full of drink, drugs, and cheap meaningless sex. During a wedding, they meet Luisa (Maribel Verdú) -- the

Oct 22, 2002


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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (11) | DVD (24)

The funniest and most emotionally charged erotic road movie since Bertrand Blier's Going Places.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Marvelous, merry and, yes, melancholy film.

November 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A giddy and provocative sexual romp that has something to say.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Raunchy, smart, ebullient, melancholy, insightful, surprising, funny, frank and sexy as all get-out.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Part travelogue, part road picture, part meditation on class, mortality and intimacy, this extraordinary little movie might be the perfect harbinger of summer, as astute as it is steamy.

June 1, 2002 | Comment (1)
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Easily one of the sexiest and funniest films about class struggle ever made.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A monumental, transformational motion picture, challenging the viewer and changing the way you think of movies being put together.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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fresh and alive

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Not for nothing does a "Harold and Maude" poster turn up. Like Hal Ashby's cult classic, Alfonso Cuarón's film offers, to borrow Spanish-language sass, a chingale to horny-teen genre expectations as a story of sex and separation.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source:

Offers a shot of wise, freshly etched character comedy in a time when it's desperately needed.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

... an aggressively political movie, a heartbroken testament about a generation without role models or devoted fathers.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

To everyone who bent over backwards to praise Y Tu Mama as raunchy, spicy, sexy, or hot, here's a novel idea -- skip this mild stuff and rent some honest-to-God porn.

July 7, 2004 | Comments (4)

The allegorical name of the beach (Mouth of Heaven) is one of several obvious sexual innuendoes of the film but in the fantasy of world Cuaron, they all seem ordinary and predictable.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source:

Os diálogos são interessantes, as atuações são excelentes, a direção é correta e a narração é envolvente. Apesar disso, o 'relacionamento' homossexual entre os garotos soa de forma forçada.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

One movie you really should see before you pack a bag or get behind the wheel.

March 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Sexy, beautiful, hysterical, mesmerizing - one of the finest pieces of film I've seen in a while. You need to see it, and your Mama too.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source:

The story is set in real world Mexico, not a cleaned-up movie world simulacrum.

January 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

A fantastically vital movie that manages to invest real humor, sensuality, and sympathy into a story about two adolescent boys.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

It starts out like one of those brainless teen sex road comedies that make me want to puke, but, thank God, it has a lot more to it than that.

January 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Would that we all could 'breathe life' the way this film does.

December 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

A sexy, funny, sad, uplifting, and, most importantly, human film.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

This is simply a stunning film.

October 28, 2002 Full Review Source: KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)

Oft-described as the antidote to American Pie-type sex comedies, it actually has a bundle in common with them, as the film diffuses every opportunity for a breakthrough

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Audience Reviews for Y Tu Mamá También

I heard many great things about this, but, having finally seen it, I can say that yes, while it is a good movie, it's overrated.

What we have here is a film set in 1999 amid the context of a changing political tide in Mexico. The film follows two close high school friends, both of whom are privileged and fairly well off. After their girlfriends set off on a trip to Europe, these two boys, bored of partying, convince a somewhat older lay to join them on a road trip across rural Mexico to a supposedly legendary beach.

As far as the basic plot goes, that's pretty much it. Basic sex-fueled coming of age story about "that one summer where everything changed". Peppered throughout is some narration that provides additional political/social context, as well are more background info on various characters and events.

While I do agree that the film is a slightly better made crude teen sex romp, it isn't a complete masterpiece either. It's artsy, meandering, pretentious, and yeah, it gets away with a more graphic depiction of sexuality/nudity than many similar films, but that doesn't mean it isn't also crude and in the same vein as something like American Pie, even if this has subtitles.

Listen, I enjoyed this film, but I wouldn't completely disagree with you if you tore it apart. Just because it's subtitled and shot well doesn't mean it's not untouchable. Fortunately the film is largely justifiable in its realistic and daring depiction of sex and nudity, and it is a good film, but still, not everything masquerading as artsy really is.

For some reason I felt the need to bring all this up. Not sure it needed being said, but it was on my mind, so there.

The three central performances are all cast and executed supremely well, and I applaud the actors for their willingness to bare it all, especially since it does have a point, and didn't make me feel uncomfortable in an off putting way (like Kids did...even though, yeah, that too has its's just harder to defend).

The film is well shot, the soundtrack has some choice cuts on it (especially the Zappa), and the film managed to give all the steamy content a point, even if it is arguable. Hey, at least it gets people talking. I mean, isn't that one of the points of cinema anyway?

You should see this. As far as coming of age stuff goes, it gets points for being less restrained with the content, even if the broad strokes are nothing all that new. Just be warned, the film has been over hyped, and the content isn't for everybody, but if you can get over it, you'll probably find something to enjoy.
June 7, 2013
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A graphic, intense depiction of a road trip on the fly concerning two young, privileged, sex-crazed young men (Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal) who are joined by an older, internally beaten wife (Maribel Verdu) who is dealing with the fact that her husband has been cheating on her. While it is often frank, and you can't really connect or like any of the characters outside of Verdu's, the film comes around nicely by its conclusion. It does overstep its bounds in its sexuality near its conclusion, and it is a little over-the-top in its nudity, but it is all done to maintain a realistic, gritty view of life in the slums and dirty roads of Mexico. The narration is sometimes intrusive, but often it is informative and willing to go the extra mile into detailing each aspect of the story. The concluding twist is a knockout blow, and the movie somehow makes you actually "get" these characters by the end. A very hard movie to recommend, but I respect its artistic message, even if it goes a little to far at times.
February 6, 2013
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Intelligent, moving and popular cinema hit; Alfonso Cuaron's cult film present great performances by the cast, without saying that "Y Tu Mama Tambien" is one of the best works of the filmmaker and the dazzing soundtrack of Frank Zappa. Fresh.
July 28, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Even though Gael Garcia Bernal is a favorite actor of mine, I don't share the enthusiasm this movie was received with. Most of all, this is about a couple of teenagers who act like two complete brats throughout, and who think about nothing else but sex, booze, drugs, and to have a good time at any cost. Not really my cup of tea, I guess.
April 20, 2012

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