Only Human (Seres queridos)


Only Human (Seres queridos) (2006)


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


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Surgen locuras cuando una mujer (Marián Aguilera) invita a su novio palestino (Guillermo Toledo) a conocer a su familia judía.

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Critic Reviews for Only Human (Seres queridos)

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (22)

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.

Feb 15, 2007 | Full Review…

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

Aug 4, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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.

Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A Spanish comedy that isn't quite as frenzied or farcical as its husband-and-wife writer-director team clearly intended it to be.

Jul 21, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

It lets frantic get so far ahead of funny, the latter gets lost in the dust.

Jul 7, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Mines the comic possibilities of the classic setup of introducing the fiancé to the family, with results that are playful, charming and surprisingly thoughtful.

Jul 7, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Only Human (Seres queridos)

Definitely an entertaining comedy with solid writing and a great cast. But it's another movie that ends up peaking way too early. It's also another movie that thinks it's more clever than it actually is, and at the same time the characters end up reading like something out of a more adult sitcom. There's no real character progression, with the exception of the mother and the father's relationship and Rafi and Leni's eventual 'discussion' about Jewish and Palestinian issues at the end. And this scene is another thing I have an issue with. It's left until the very end of the movie, so the movie is pretty much a build-up to that moment but when they finally have it, the conversation ends up feeling so forced and contrived that it may have been better if they just left it off. It was a good idea, but it just didn't work in execution. And, again, I liked this movie. It was fun to watch, it had funny moments, though, again, I think the movie tries too hard to be funny. It has a great cast and good enough writing that the movie is still good in spite of all the problems I had with it.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


[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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]In an attempt to ingratiate himself with his hosts, Rafi offers to help Leni's mother(Norma Aleandro) with preparing dinner. His defrosting of the frozen soup goes badly awry, when he accidentally drops it out of the window...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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