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½ October 22, 2015
Cuaron is one of my personal favorite directors, Solo Con Tu Pareja didn't do much for me. A very slight romantic comedy, the main actor didn't stand out at all to me and his character isn't one you want to really spend time with. None of the female characters really get to register, either. It's slapstick elements made this play like a Pedro Almodovar melodrama, and not one of his better ones.
½ June 21, 2015
Entertaining and funny, this is a good debut by Cuaron.
March 3, 2014
I simply loved it, though it does take a while to get to the meat of the story.Great humor, very entertaining, very amusing. Intelligently written, directed and acted.
May 28, 2013
This Felliniesque farce introduced the cinematic world to the magical talents of Alfonso Cuaron, one of the best contemporary directors working today. Solo con tu pareja is full of fiery passion, outrageous and playful humor, and luminous photography by Lubezki.
Super Reviewer
½ January 1, 2013
A feature that shows much more than what foreign audiences will understand. The dream sequence in the middle pretty much sums up the emotional explosions released during the beginning of the 90s in the typical middle-class man, a collective euphoria shared throughout the country mainly because of unemployment and an increasing financial crisis, leading to a lack of a solid direction in one's life.

But Cuaron's focus does not really go there throughout. His approach to Almodóvar represented not only a solid return to the odd days of black/sexual comedy, but also the salvation of Mexican cinema. This was the first significant feature that caught the attention of those viewers that resorted to foreign celluloid offers rather than insisting in the decaying national film industry.

November 18, 2012
-caraaajooo! pero la nenita estaba bien ricaa
½ January 7, 2012
Cuaron's debut shows how talented the director is from the beginning of his career.
½ October 7, 2011
saw it for the first time, loved it. watched it again, not as good but still good
½ September 26, 2011
Not as funny or entertaining as I thought it was going to be. Visually, its wonderful at some points, I will give it that, but the plot is very weak.
August 30, 2011
Alfonso Cuarón's debut film Sólo con tu pareja is one of the best Mexican made films of the early 90s. This isn't really saying much, I guess, since Mexico didn't make that many films in the early 90s compared to bigger film producing countries. Nevertheless, this is an impressive debut from Alfonso Cuarón, the man who went on to make some of my all-time favourite films (Y tu mamá también and Children of Men). Written by Alfonso's brother Carlos Cuarón, this film is a satiric sex comedy that can be compared in many ways to Cuarón's later film Y tu mamá también. Just like también, this film opens with a sex scene and has many other sex scenes throughout (in this film, however, the sexual content is used in comedic effect for the most part). Tomás Tomás is a commonly seen character in Mexican cinema. He's a well known man that could get all the women he wants and does. His doctor friend tells him that he should be tested for HIV because he has a lot of random sex and when he finally does get tested he hits on the nurse taking her home later that night. When he brings her home, he realizes he also has a date with another woman and brings her to his friend's apartment which he is supposed to be watching. During the night, he plays a game of back-and-forth between rooms via the window ledge so he can keep up his appearance and not seem like a total loser for trying to pull off two dates in one night. Unluckily for him, one of his dates became fed up with his absence on their date and stormed out of his apartment and his other date found out he was seeing another woman at the same time. He lost both women and ended up looking like a fool.Putting the bad night aside, Tomás finds another woman, this time believing it to be true love. She lives in the room next to him and he spies on her from the window ledge. He hasn't spoken to her yet in fear of making a fool of himself. When he actually does speak to her, they get along great, but she says she is engaged and soon to be married. More bad luck comes Tomás' way when his nurse date, still angry and seeking revenge, altered his HIV test results making him believe his test came out HIV positive. Depressed, suicidal and in love, Tomás faces the biggest decision of his life. The plot, which sounds like a bad Mexican soap opera, is actually quite fun to watch play out and isn't as cliché as it may sound. The only clichés that come into play in this film are the ones of Mexican culture which Cuarón uses effectively in solidifying his satirical themes. One of the other main themes in this film is the focus on HIV. This film shed new light on the disease and was even controversial in dealing with the topic in a comic way.This film not only marked the cinematic debut of director Alfonso Cuarón, but also the cinematic debut of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. They both worked together on numerous projects before Sólo con tu pareja, but this was their first feature length collaboration. They've also worked together on The Little Princess, Great Expectations, Y tu mamá también and Children of Men. A fantastic team, both of them being some of my favourite people working in world cinema today.Alfonso Cuarón is one of my personal favourite directors. He is an impressive artist that has made fantastic films and written some wonderful stories. His vision is impressive, inspirational and loyal to Mexican culture. It's inspirational especially knowing that Sólo con tu pareja (and Y tu mamá también) was Cuarón's only Mexican-produced film, the rest of his films being produced by the USA. He remained loyal to his Mexican roots and wasn't Americanized at all when filming the rest of his films in the USA. Overall, this film is a fantastic debut for Cuarón. It may not be his best work, but it definitely defined him as a director and proved to audiences that he is someone to watch out for. He has most recently established himself as one of the top Mexican directors (among the likes of Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo Del Toro), but is not only known to Mexicans, he's known internationally (especially after filming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). If you're a fan of Mexican cinema, Alfonso Cuarón or even a good satiric comedy, I highly recommend this film to you.
August 21, 2011
Two silly to be taken seriously. If you think this guy is actually in love with this girl... well, I was surprised to find out he really meant it at the end of the movie. Either way, the director's strengths are evident with his tightly weaving of plot details and themes, even among all the juvenile humor.
½ June 23, 2011
It's funny, mostly for all the wrong reasons.
June 18, 2011
awesome fun mix of sex & comedy makes this farce a delight to watch no wonder he got tapped 2 direct harry potter!
April 1, 2011
"Solo Con Tu Pareja" is a funny, twisting, and touching Mexican comedy that has a great message. It is about taking advantage of the time we have. It is about friendship. And it is also about doing the right thing. Carlos Cuaron wrote a beautiful screenplay, with hilarious but realistic dialogue, and unique characters that differ from each other but at the end of the day are very similar. The predominant use of the color green is nice, it is never too much and it gives it a more "down-to-earth" look. The cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki is amazing. Overall, this is an awesome film; anyone who want to have a good laugh should see it.
½ March 7, 2011
It had it's moments, but I wasn't over the moon about it. Still, it was funny.
February 8, 2011
A stellar debut. Funny, touching, and original. I was wondering if the hallmarks of Cuarón's later work would be inherent in his first film, and they certainly are, although the techniques have certainly been refined in each film since. This guy is honestly one of the best working today. That also goes, obviously, for Emmanuel Lubiezki, whose work here is stunning as always. I also dug the performances. Can't believe that this didn't get released in the US until 15 years after its original release.
Super Reviewer
November 26, 2010
A fine first film by Alfonso Cuarón and you can see his talent throughout this oddball comedy.
½ November 24, 2010
shit gets a little too real for man-boy Tomas
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