Parents' Guide to

Cantinflas

By Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Showbiz tale about legendary Mexican actor is mostly tame.

Movie PG 2014 106 minutes
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This captivating film will likely introduce new audiences to the story of one of the world's most beloved comedians. The film switches back and forth in time between the 1930s, with Moreno figuring out what type of performer he's going to become, and the 1950s, with Hollywood powerhouse Todd going to desperate lengths to get the Latin American superstar to appear in his movie. Families who love film will enjoy watching how old movies were made and how people became stars. The early scenes with Moreno performing, falling in love with his wife, and becoming a successful actor/comedian work well; it's when Cantinflas switches to '50s-era Hollywood that it drags a little. Jaenada channels Cantinflas' humor, charisma, and energy, while Imperioli is a little flat as Todd.

The film offers a fun glimpse into early Mexican cinema (with beautifully done sets and costumes) and old Hollywood, but it's also supposed to be telling an epic story about an important man, and it's not compelling enough to convey the impact that Moreno had on Latin American film and culture. What is compelling is the way that the film switches from Spanish to English, staying true to language and comedy of Cantinflas.

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