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Bandidas Reviews

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Super Reviewer
May 14, 2009
Light comic fun as two women from different sides of the track team up in Old Mexico to rob banks. Dwight Yoakum is fun as the moustache twirling bad guy, Steve Zahn the ever underappreciated good guy, but the highly watchable leads, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek are the buddy team and heart of this Besson produced light entertainment buggy ride.
Clintus M.
Super Reviewer
April 6, 2011
Bandidas is unrepentant fun. Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz begin as opposites in a familiar western theme of revenge against the greedy out to murder, steal, and swindle their land. Initially distrustful of each other, fate soon unites the two feminine heroines against the unscrupulous Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam), ultimately prevailing in this swashbuckling action comedy. This film is multiculturalism at its funniest; it's a joint French/Mexican/American production starring the Spanish Cruz, the Mexican Hayek, filmed by two Norwegian directors, shot in Mexico.

The movie is over the top all the way. It features bank robbery basic training, pratfalls galore, banjos, ice skates, and even "Matrix-y" type slow-mo action. This is the funniest western since Shanghai Noon, but it didn't have catfights. Veteran comedic comrade Steve Zahn is hilarious as the crime scene expert who joins forces with the bad girl robin hoods. Watching his "seduction "scene with Cruz and Hayek, I concluded that he must be the luckiest man in the history of motion pictures!

These leading ladies complement each other like more traditional action duos. You root for them, knowing they'll triumph in the end. They're a dynamic pair alright, and I'm not just talking about their epic chests! In the end, they ride off into the sunset, their legend only to increase.
Super Reviewer
September 23, 2007
A somewhat disappointing western adventure, pretty much written for real life friends Cruz and Hayek, who are at least really nice on the eyes. The script, on the other hand, doesn't have much to offer you didn't see a lot funnier in "Maverick", for example. Especially the beginning, when the farm chick and spoiled brat have nothing to do but bitch fight to Mariachi music, is pretty weak. There are a few amusing scenes throughout the second half, especially the bed sequence with Steve Zahn, but then again a lot of logic flaws and pointless stuff. The slow motion part of the showdown is kinda cool but doesn't want to fit into this kind of film at all. Movie fans may at least spot a few references to Sergio Leone, if they consider those stealing or an homage is up to them. But overall, no one who skips this film is missing much.
Super Reviewer
½ January 11, 2009
Despite the fact that Bandidas is written and produced by Luc Besson, there really is nothing spectacular about this. Well, maybe the fact that BOTH Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz are the co-stars.What we have here is a comedic Western. The thing is that it isn't all that funny, but it can be a good time. The story is straightforward and easy to follow, but it isn't all that interesting and it does feel a little choppy at times. The first 10 minutes are pretty lame. It leads one to believe that the whole 90 minutes will be a waste of time. Funny thing is, 15 minutes in, the film takes a sharp turn and becomes better than expected, albeit it isn't award winning.The pacing is pretty quick, even though there isn't a whole lot of shooting going on. It is a pity, since there is the potential for shootouts in this story. I will admit that the slow motion train scene is fantastic.Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz have nice chemistry together. Hayek is OK and Cruz is great in the acting department. This movie is rated PG-13, but this film does have a bunch of sexuality from the 2 leading ladies. Steve Zahn is one lucky guy. Dwight Yoakam is a pretty decent villain and Sam Shepard is a nice addition to the cast.Bandidas isn't a memorable film in anyway, except for the fact that Hayek and Cruz are together in it, but it isn't a waste of a watch.
Super Reviewer
½ June 17, 2008
A lite & funny, mindless movie. Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek in Old Western Mejico.

A rich, pampered, educated chic and a simple yet "quite connected" farm hand girl finds themselves in a situation where they have to work with each other.

Lots of eye candy for the guys and lots of simplistic, slightly idiotic but laughable fun for everyone.

A pretty enjoyable comedy.
Super Reviewer
½ December 5, 2007
Great film, really cute and funny. Although the characters decided to start robbing banks without a second thought. Both Cruz and Hayek are stunning and make the film work.
Super Reviewer
June 22, 2007
Good hilarious action-packed western film with sexy Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek. They look fab as straight-shooting outlaws, with Steve Zahn providing plenty of comic relief throughout. But I was starring at Salma Hayek because she's more hotter and sexy.
Super Reviewer
June 10, 2007
Our friends south of the border aren't very pleased with us right now, are they? First heckling poor sweet Ms. America, and then releasing this movie with it's vaguely anti-American undertones. Still, both Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek in one movie makes it automatically watchable. I actually found the over-the-top evil American character to be pretty entertaining, and that kissing scene was muy caliente.
Super Reviewer
½ June 6, 2007
very cliche but cute! salma hayek and penelope cruz make a great pair.
Super Reviewer
January 25, 2007
very silly but very fun. not great acting or film making at all but its likeable, especially since its only 1 hr and 30 min. that dont drag the story on at all, and salma hayek is always fun to watch on screen.
Super Reviewer
½ January 17, 2008
This is a really cool movie. Super funny and worth watching at home.
Super Reviewer
January 9, 2007
The romp you'd expect, although not as fun as it should be.
Super Reviewer
June 7, 2008
It's produced by Besson and stars Cruz and Hayek as cowgirls. That sentence should tell you all you need to know, but it's still a lot of harmless fun.
Super Reviewer
June 13, 2010
What a piece of good talents wasted, and the opportunity of a well-made western.Forget it.
Super Reviewer
½ April 20, 2008
predictable, sometimes funny. Maybe if they didnt cast Salma Hayek I couloda stomached it a bit more?
Super Reviewer
½ May 5, 2007
Horrible, I should have known, since it went straight to dvd.
Super Reviewer
April 12, 2007
Super Reviewer
March 9, 2007
Saw this on the plane...blah
Super Reviewer
September 18, 2006
Cheesey and campy don't quite catch the feel of this film, I think kitch might be the right word for it. If you like kitch then you'll like this film. Also if you like Steve Zahn you do get to see his bum ;)
February 13, 2012
Bandidas (2006)

Does anybody feel like some hot Latina action-comedy? Look no further than this movie. And, who are the two most beautiful latinas in the world? Spain's Penelope Cruz and Mexico's Salma Hayek come to mind.

Basically, this is just a predictable buddy picture set in the old west, very similar to the old 1965 movie, "Viva Maria". This movie is written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, who seem to always make good action pictures.

The basic plot is that a New York bank want to set up a railroad across Mexico and they buy up banks and hire a gunman, Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam) to muscle-out farmers from the land in their way.

Maria Alvarez (Cruz) and Sara Sandoval (Hayek) are two women who are forced into becoming a bank-robbing/Robin Hood duo. They are trained in robbing banks and shooting guns by their mentor, Bill Buck (Sam Shepard) and they meet a scientist Quentin (Steve Zahn) who is something of a forensics pioneer. Rumor has it that Zahn did the movie for free just so he could be in a bedroom scene with Cruz and Hayek. :-) I wouldn't hardly blame him.

It's a fun little movie.
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