A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Leading characters, while far from perfect, exhibit perseverance, teamwork, compassion, and integrity. Female protagonist provers herself equal to her male counterparts in terms of determination, resourcefulness, and empathy. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
A mild fight includes spitting and throwing. Suspense and menace are provided by an old feud, which endangers the heroes. A drug-seeking dog is threatening.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couple explores a sexual relationship by kissing, beginning to undress, passionately embracing as camera moves off, assumption of sexual intercourse. A drunken party shows men and women cavorting, dancing sensually. Breasts and a bare male butt are glimpsed. Talk of infidelity, erections.
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Frequent profanity includes: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "balls," "bastard." References to bodily functions (i.e., diarrhea, poop, pee). Male characters pee purposefully on a radiator to prevent fire.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One lead character is an alcoholic. Drinking throughout. Hashish is smoked in multiple scenes. Characters get drunk and stoned and smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 4 Latas (aka 4L) is a Spanish comedy with English subtitles that follows a makeshift family in a precarious car trip across the Sahara Desert. Along with humor based both on character and incident, there are poignant, even sad moments. Viewers can expect some suspenseful scenes, life-and-death moments, a fang-baring drug dog, and threats from a menacing villain. (Spoiler alert -- a death occurs.) An intimate scene shows a young man and woman discovering one another sexually; they kiss, embrace, begin to undress. It's clear that sex occurs, though not on screen. Additionally, there's sensual dancing and bare breasts during a raucous party scene; as well as two glimpses of male butts. One of the main characters is an alcoholic who drinks continuously and smokes hashish with gusto as well. Others drink, use hash, use pills, and smoke cigarettes. Swearing and profanity ("bastard," "f--k," "s--t") is frequent. In addition, there are references to and scenes showing bodily functions (diarrhea, pee, poop, vomiting, and farting). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Spanish director Gerardo Olivares beautifully integrates laughter and pathos, along with some risky, suspenseful moments, to create a warmhearted, satisfying movie about reconnection and redemption. Working once again with Jean Reno as he did so successfully in the wonderful Brothers of the Wind, Olivares makes the most of the scale and grandeur of the location, in this case, the Sahara Desert. The conflict and threatening events (bandits, border interrogations, a villain from their past) are familiar ones, but the uniqueness of the characters, especially for American audiences, gives the movie its unconventional specialness. 4 Latas is escapist fun with wonderful performances, though tempered by enough heartbreak to give it emotional heft.
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