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.
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Critic Reviews for Reinas (Queens)
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.
The frantic artificiality of the script rarely allows the characters to breathe. This is dinner-theater farce, featherweight and juiceless.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Reinas (Queens)
We love the settings. Housing stock in South America is superb as are the restaurants and other places of activity. Why can't North America get their act together with these posh gay weddings? Sex on the train scene was a highlight, the hot mamas in another Latin cultural trend that North America needs to embrace. Jury is still out on the blond twink, that bitch left the dog! Overall, lots of drama, basically a long glorified soap opera. Needs more gay on gay action with cutes.
Drenched in telenovela but enjoyable and silly.
Though the outcomes are yet to be satisfactory, it is still quite pleasant to see how a Spanish comedy works.
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