Likable Argentinean comedy has lots of language.
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Argentinian comedy All Hail has some ultimately positive messages as well as language and mature themes. The film parodies fame and celebrity. Followers are shown to be very fickle in their treatment of the famous on social media, and sometimes they put too much faith in celebrities. Likewise, a famous weatherman falls from grace over a single wrong forecast because he has marketed himself as infallible. The man must come to terms with his own shortcomings, try to earn back trust, and meanwhile also mend bridges with his own estranged daughter. Language in the English subtitles includes variations on "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "a--hole," "dumbass," "damn it," "hell," "son of a bitch," "screw off," "moron," "idiot," "dumb," "stupid," "schmuck," "horny," and "God." There's mention of "hookers," "friends with benefits," killing oneself, being killed for one's actions ("lynched"), or wanting to die. A man threatens to kill another, waving a fire extinguisher at his head. A hail storm causes major destruction and knocks people over and out.
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What's the Story?
The self-proclaimed "infallible," "God of weather" celebrity meteorologist Miguel Flores (Guillermo Francella) is about to premiere his new prime-time weather show at the start of ALL HAIL (GRANIZO). When he makes a bad forecast and his loyal fans suffer losses due to a freak hailstorm, his fall from grace is significant. He is sent by producer Gustavo (Martín Seefeld) on a forced holiday. He decides to hide out at his estranged pediatrician daughter Carla's (Romina Fernandes) house in Córdoba, but even there his angriest fan Luis (Peto Menahem) tracks him down. As father and daughter move toward reconciliation, Miguel discovers a local hermit who can predict weather down to the minute. Will he beat a path back to fame, or has he learned any lessons along the way?
Is It Any Good?
Hopefully this likable Argentinean comedy doesn't get buried in Netflix's back catalog. All Hail (great translation of the original title, which literally translates just to "hail") deserves better. The amusing opening act of the film shows a falsely humble celebrity weatherman reveling in the adoration of neighbors, strangers, and colleagues alike. Miguel's pleasure at his worldly position is obvious, and comedian Francella physically embodies the role to perfection -- he has a twinkle in his eye and a bounce in his step. It would come as no surprise were a cartoon sparkle to glisten off his tooth. When Miguel falls from grace, the social transformation is no less funny. A woman shouts at her granddaughter on the street: "Cancel him!" Everyone blames him for something. Still, Francella plays Miguel as down but never out. When he comforts his surrogate child, a goldfish, with baby talk and air kisses as he makes his escape from Buenos Aires, he's humiliated and scared, but never defeated.
The film parodies fame through Miguel's character, but it also questions people's credulity and loyalty to TV prognosticators in the form of Luis, who seems to find comfort from a difficult life in Miguel's celebrity. Meanwhile, the smarmy network producer rationally justifies all manner of unscrupulous decisions. There's also some regional humor in the way the locals in Miguel's native Córdoba revel in him sticking it to the snooty folks in Buenos Aires. When Miguel lands at his daughter's house and the story turns more sentimental, it lags a little. Likewise, the third act requires a complete suspension of disbelief with its magical and then apocalyptic overtones. But that's okay, we still want the rogue-with-a-heart to triumph. As the live band sings at the show's opening, in lyrics he of course wrote himself, "He's arrived -- Miguel! Miguel has arrived!"
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Miguel's fall from grace in All Hail. Can you think of an example of a celebrity who made a public mistake and was widely shunned on social media and in public as a result? Was the treatment fair and warranted? What happened in the long run?
Why does Miguel seem to have a closer relationship with his goldfish than his daughter? How does that change over the course of the film?
Miguel blames the first hail storm on climate change. Why?
- On DVD or streaming: March 30, 2022
- Cast: Guillermo Francella, Peto Menahem, Romina Fernandes
- Director: Marcos Carnevale
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Science and Nature
- Run time: 118 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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