Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Spanish-language romcom's mature themes may not translate.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 92 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

People who are personally fulfilled -- either with a career or a passion -- are happier, more attentive spouses. Also, messing with your marriage is a bad idea.

Positive Role Models & Representations

For all her flaws, Dana doesn't lie, and she never commits adultery, even though she does hang out with Taiger. She's upfront about the many things that frustrate her. Paco regrets his misguided decision to hire someone else to romance his wife. Some gender-based stereotypes (the shrewish, nitpicking wife and the idea that all it takes is interest from another man to make a woman more desirable to her jealous partner).

Violence

Paco insults a soccer playing; the player then punches him (off camera). In the next scene, Paco sports a black eye.

Sex

Kissing, a couple of love scenes, and several references to Taiger's prowess. In a locker room, Taiger wears just a towel; his bare back is shown covered in scratch marks, the clear implication being that they were made during sex with his conquests. 

Language

Depending on how the Spanish dialogue is translated, strong language includes "s--t," "a--hole," "idiot," "moron," "stupid," "imbecile," "son of a bitch," the Spanish equivalent of "f----t," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Dana smokes cigarettes in nearly every scene -- indoors, outdoors, everywhere. Adults also drink at parties and dinners.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer is a Spanish-language (with English subtitles) romantic comedy about a husband who hires a professional pick-up artist to woo his wife so the husband doesn't have to actually break up with her. Featuring an all-star Mexican cast, the movie is comical but relies on some gender stereotypes: i.e. the shrewish, nitpicking wife and the idea that all it takes is interest from another man to make a woman more desirable to her jealous partner. Expect to see kissing and a couple of love scenes; characters also make several references to a man's sexual prowess.The language is occasionally strong ("s--t," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," and the Spanish equivalent of "f----t"), one character smokes nearly constantly, and there's social drinking.

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What's the story?

Mexican romcom BUSCO NOVIO PARA MI MUJER (which translates to "Seeking Boyfriend for My Wife") follows unhappy husband Paco (Arath de la Torre), who's tired of being married to his overly pessimistic, critical curmudgeon of a wife, Dana (Sandra Echeverria). Too cowardly to tell Dana he wants out of the marriage, Paco jokes to his soccer buddies that he wishes she'd find someone else and cut him loose so he wouldn't have to feel guilty about wanting a divorce. An acquaintance recommends that Paco get in touch with the mysterious "Taiger" (Jesus Ochoa), a professional seducer who makes every woman he woos fall passionately in love with him. Paco hires Taiger -- who looks nothing like he expected -- and even pays a friend who manages a radio station to hire Dana. As Dana becomes more and more fulfilled via her new professional outlet (she uses her radio show to rant about all the things she hates), Paco rediscovers why he fell in love with her ... but Taiger is still on the case.

Is it any good?

Decent performances make up for the predictable plot and light humor in this Spanish-language romantic comedy, which relies on the old "take my wife, please" joke and henpecked husband cliches. Dana is undeniably cringe-worthy at first, the kind of narcissist who delights in pointing out how everyone around her is an imbecile with nothing valuable to do or say. But as the movie continues with its unrealistic premise -- i.e. Paco hiring a Casanova to pursue his wife so their marriage can end, instead of simply telling her they need to separate or go to counseling -- viewers start to sympathize with Dana. She evolves from being a one-dimensional curmudgeon who nitpicks over everything to someone who's uncompromising in how she expects people to behave. The actors are well cast in their roles, with de la Torre doing a fine job of acting spineless and believably horrified at his wife's vitriolic rants and Echeverria going all in with her "I hate everyone who's lazy, puerile, and ignorant" persona.

And Ochoa? He's great as the fiftysomething Taiger, who in no way looks like a professional pick-up artist but manages to convince audiences with his suave ability to really observe and listen to the women he's assigned to woo. While at first it comes off as a joke (the actor's no George Clooney), the screenwriter does a good enough job of showing why Taiger is successful at his vocation. Still, there's no turn the movie takes that will surprise anyone who's seen a romantic comedy. Of course just as Taiger begins hanging out with Dana, Paco develops buyer's remorse, making Dana -- happier than ever with both professional and personal attention -- more desirable than ever. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the depiction of marriage in Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer. Do Paco and Dana have a healthy relationship? How does it compare to other movie marriages?

  • There's a lot of smoking in the movie. Is it unexpected to see so much cigarette smoke in a contemporary movie? How do context and culture impact what viewers deem appropriate and inappropriate in media?

  • What does the movie demonstrate about the popularity of talk radio? Why do you think Dana's show was such a success? Is that believable?

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